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The following news headlines are selected breaking news stories about Libya and the Libyan business arena, which are collected daily from a variety of sources.

If you click on "Read More" for a headline marked "External Article" you will be taken to the source of that story. For all other articles, which can be read on the LBBC website, we welcome your comments and opinions.

Eni makes ‘significant’ gas, condensate find offshore Libya [Oil & Gas Journal]

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26th Mar 15: Eni SPA encountered gas and condensates in the Metlaoui formation of Eocene age while drilling the B1-16/4 well in the Bahr Essalam South exploration prospect of Contract Area D offshore Libya.

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U.N. tells backers of Libya's rival sides to pressure them for peace [Reuters]

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25th Mar 15: International backers of Libya's rival factions must pressure the warring groups to work out a political deal and help to choke off the supply of guns to the country, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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‘Legitimacy’ has risks for a Libyan unity government [FT.com]

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23rd Mar 15: Opposition to extremists is a prerequisite for inclusion in any negotiations, writes Dominic Asquith...

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Libya rivals fight for control of National Oil Corporation [Middle East Eye]

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23rd Mar 15:

The battle for Libya's oil wealth has taken on new dimensions as rival governments lay claim to the National Oil Corporation, further deepening divisions in the volatile North African nation.

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Council conclusions on Libya [EU News]

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18th Mar 15: The EU welcomes the resumption of the UN - facilitated political dialogue in Rabat and calls on all Libyan parties to participate constructively to ensure the rapid formation of a Government of National Unity able to take forward the democratic transition and restart the reconstruction of the country.

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Libya's El Feel, Wafa oil fields working normally despite power cuts [Arab News]

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13th Mar 15: Libya's El Feel and Wafa oil fields are working normally despite power problems, state-run National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on Thursday, as crude production in the west of the OPEC member country made a surprise comeback.

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Who wants what in Libya? [BBC]

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11th Mar 15: The BBC World Service's The Inquiry investigates the forces operating in Libya.

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U.N. delays approval of Libya request for weapons, jets: diplomats [Reuters]

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10th Mar 15: At least eight United Nations Security Council members delayed approval on Monday of a request by Libya to import weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters to take on Islamic State militants and monitor its borders, diplomats said.

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Libya says Isis killed 8 guards and kidnapped 9 foreigners from oilfield [The Guardian]

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9th Mar 15:

Militants from Libya’s Islamic State (Isis) affiliate abducted nine foreigners, including four Filipinos, in an attack on a central oilfield last week and beheaded eight Libyan guards, officials said on Monday.

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Libyan women vow to push on for 'irreversible empowerment' [Middle East Eye]

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8th Mar 15:

“When I saw what social media achieved in Egypt in 2011, I decided to use Facebook to start calling for a day of rage in Libya,” women’s rights activist and co-founder of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) Zahra Langhi says. “But now I regret calling for a day of rage. Now I think we should be calling for days and nights of compassion.” 

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Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields [Al Arabiya]

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5th Mar 15:

Libya's National Oil Co declared force majeure Wednesday at 11 oil fields after attacks by Islamists, a legal step protecting it from liability if it cannot fullfil contracts for reasons beyond its control.

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Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter [Reuters]

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5th Mar 15:

Libya has sought permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic.

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Libyan Oil Production Jumps Despite New Attacks on Fields [Wall Street Journal]

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4th Mar 15: Libyan oil production has jumped in recent days despite fresh attacks on fields and an air raid near a terminal, a top official said Tuesday.

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Dialogue between Libya's rival parliaments to resume [Middle East Eye]

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3rd Mar 15:

A national dialogue between Libya's warring parliaments will resume in Morocco on Thursday, according to Libyan politicians involved in the talks.

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Libya names anti-Islamist General Haftar as army chief [BBC]

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3rd Mar 15: A controversial anti-Islamist, General Khalifa Haftar, has been named head of the Libyan army.

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Italy to begin naval exercises off Libya [Reuters]

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1st Mar 15:

Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants.

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Report Urges Security Council to Help Libya Secure Territorial Waters [Tripoli Post]

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27th Feb 15:

The Libyan government needs help to prevent flow of weapons in and out of the country, says a new report which urges the Security Council to provide a maritime force to do the do the job.

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Libya: Getting Geneva Right [International Crisis Group]

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26th Feb 15: Libya’s deteriorating internal conflict may be nearing a dramatic turning point. Over six months of fighting between two parliaments, their respective governments and allied militias have led to the brink of all-out war.

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In Libya, will Misrata be the kingmaker? [Washington Post]

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25th Feb 15:

Four years after Libya’s revolution, two political-military coalitions are competing for power in Libya, which are often, yet inaccurately, described as two governments, two parliaments and two armies. Behind that seeming polarization lies a far messier reality. More than 200 armed groups from the western city of Misrata anchor the military power behind the western alliance in Tripoli. 

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Libyan PM criticises U.S., UK and EU for failing to supply weapons [Reuters]

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25th Feb 15: Libya's official Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Tuesday criticised the United States, Britain and European Union for failing to supply arms to his forces as they battle those of a rival government.

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Libya's internationally recognized parliament suspends UN-mediated talks [dw.de]

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24th Feb 15:

The Libyan parliament in Tobruk has cancelled talks with rival factions. The country has two opposing governments and parliaments who are embroiled in a bitter power struggle.

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Libyan government to exclude Turkish firms from contracts [Reuters]

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24th Feb 15:

Libya's internationally recognized government has said it will end all contracts with companies from Turkey, a country it has accused of supporting a rival administration.

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Libya violence: Islamic State attack 'kills 40' in al-Qubbah [BBC]

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20th Feb 15: A bombing by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya has killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens in the eastern town of al-Qubbah.

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Libya urges end to arms embargo [The Independent]

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20th Feb 15: The country's Western-backed leaders say they are desperate to fight 'rampant terrorism' from Isis but international governments, including Britain's, don’t believe military action can solve the country's problems.

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Qatar recalls ambassador from Egypt in dispute over Libya strikes [Reuters]

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19th Feb 15:

Qatar has recalled its ambassador to Egypt, the state news agency QNA said late on Wednesday, in a dispute over Egyptian air strikes on Islamic State targets in Libya.

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Egypt's Sisi urges U.N. mandate for Libya coalition [Reuters]

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17th Feb 15: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called for a United Nations resolution mandating an international coalition to intervene in Libya after its jets bombed Islamic State targets there.

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Egypt Conducts Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Libya [NY Times]

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16th Feb 15: The Egyptian military said on Monday that it had carried out airstrikes in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of more than a dozen Egyptian Christians by a branch of the Islamic State extremist group there.

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Islamic State: Egyptian Christians held in Libya 'killed' [BBC News]

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16th Feb 15:

A video has emerged showing the beheadings purportedly of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya.

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Blast Halts Flows at Libya’s Largest Oil Field [Wall Street Journal]

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14th Feb 15: A pipeline explosion has stopped flows from Libya’s largest oil field, the nation’s oil company said Saturday, warning it may have to stop all of its operations if attacks continue.

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Libya reopens strike-hit oil port as U.N. convenes talks [Reuters]

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11th Feb 15: Libya reopened its oil port of Hariga on Tuesday, ending a strike by guards that had threatened to further slash exports as rival factions fight for control of the OPEC country.

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Libya's Hariga oil port shut by strike, closing last onshore export terminal [Reuters]

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8th Feb 15: Libya's eastern oil export port Hariga shut down due to a strike of security guards, a port official said on Sunday, closing the country's last functioning export port apart from two offshore fields.

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Rival Factions in Libya to Resume Talks Tuesday [Voice of America]

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8th Feb 15: Libya's warring factions will resume U.N.-sponsored talks Tuesday inside the country to try to resolve a struggle between two governments and parliaments, officials from both sides said Saturday.

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Libya stops flights to Europe after foreign partner pulls out [Reuters]

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5th Feb 15: Libya's only commercial flight link to mainland Europe was severed on Thursday when the state carrier said its foreign partner had pulled out of the country after a deadly attack last week on a Tripoli hotel.

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Gunmen Storm Al-Mabrook Oilfield In Libya, National Oil Corp Says [Reuters]

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4th Feb 15:

TRIPOLI, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Gunmen have stormed the al-Mabrook oilfield in central Libya, oil and military officials said on Wednesday, the latest oil facility hit by violence in the North African country.

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Libya suspends law barring Gaddafi officials from office [JURIST]

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3rd Feb 15:

Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi.

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U.N. says peace talks to start in Libya within next few days [Reuters]

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3rd Feb 15: Peace talks between Libya's warring factions and the two governments they back will start within days, a U.N. special envoy said on Monday, after efforts to bring together senior representatives from both sides in Geneva failed last month.

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Libya revokes bill which banned Gaddafi-era officials from office [BBC]

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3rd Feb 15: Libya's internationally recognised parliament has revoked a controversial law which banned Gaddafi-era officials from taking part in politics.

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Kidnapped Libyan representative to Opec found, says family [BBC]

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2nd Feb 15: The Libyan representative to the oil producers' organisation Opec has been released, more than two weeks after being kidnapped.

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Parties agree ‘in principle’ to move UN-mediated political talks to Libya [UN News Centre]

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30th Jan 15:

Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed “on the principle” of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available.

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UNSMIL brokers agreement between Misurata and Tawergha Municipalities preparing for return of inhabitants to Tawergha [UNSMIL]

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30th Jan 15: Representatives of municipal and local councils from a number of towns and cities from across Libya concluded two days of UN-facilitated talks in Geneva on Thursday 29 January 2015 confident that their cooperation on the grass-roots level will contribute to bringing peace to their country.

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Libya peace talks gain in urgency after Isis attack on Tripoli hotel [The Guardian]

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29th Jan 15: UN officials in Geneva fear losing race against time to draw up peace plan before Isis gains a foothold in country

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Condemnations of Corinthia attack continue as arguments grow over culprits [Libya Herald]

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28th Jan 15:

Condemnation of yesterday’s deadly attack on Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel in which at least ten people are reported to have died have been made by the UN Security Council and numerous other countries.

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