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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.

Libya Ports Prepare to Resume Crude Shipments After Clashes [Bloomberg]

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21st Mar 17: Libya’s major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf are resuming operations and preparing to export crude after a two-week halt in shipments due to military clashes in the holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves.

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Put Libya ahead of ‘narrow interests,’ UN envoy urges as situation worsens across the country [UN News Centre]

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21st Mar 17: Warning of escalating tension across the North African country due to mobilization of forces, worsening security situation in capital, Tripoli, as well as recent violence in Misrata and Benghazi, the United Nations envoy for Libya today called on all parties to unite and to put the country ahead of their “own narrow interests.”

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UN calls for a unified Libyan army before lifting arms embargo [Africa News]

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19th Mar 17: U.N. special envoy to Libya ,Martin Kobler, told a news conference during an Arab league meeting on Libya’s crisis, in Cairo on Saturday, that the international body calls for a unified army with a clear chain of command represented by the UN-backed unity government.

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Exclusive: Libya's NOC says expects to regain Es Sider, Ras Lanuf oil ports [Reuters]

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19th Mar 17: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) has been coordinating with military forces from eastern Libya and has "no reason to believe" it will not regain control of the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, NOC's chairman said.

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Joint Communique of the Quartet meeting on Libya [reliefweb]

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18th Mar 17: REPORTfrom African Union, European Union, League of Arab States, UN Support Mission in Libya.

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Libya national army recaptures oil ports at Sidra and Ras Lanuf [Guardian]

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16th Mar 17: The worst fighting of Libya’s three-year civil war has erupted, with battles raging for control of Tripoli and key oil ports, raising the temperature on US claims of increasing Russian influence in the country.

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Libya Guard Chief Urges International Protection for Oil Ports [Bloomberg]

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14th Mar 17: The head of Libya’s Petroleum Facilities Guard, a force affiliated with the United Nations-backed government, called for a no-fly zone to protect critical oil installations, as fighting threatens to escalate in the holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves.

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East Libya forces prepare to retake key oil ports [News 24]

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7th Mar 17: Benghazi - Forces loyal to eastern Libya's strongman Khalifa Haftar said on Monday they were preparing a large counter-offensive to retake key oil export terminals days after losing them to rival fighters.

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Libyan militias capture key oil ports and refinery [Guardian]

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5th Mar 17: Militias have captured a string of key Libyan oil ports in the fight against eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar, sharply escalating the country’s civil war and throwing international peacemaking efforts into doubt.

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Rebuilding Libya and Iraq: What Should Europe Do? [Eu Bulletin]

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1st Mar 17: In 2016, the Islamic State (ISIS) lost vast territories in Iraq, Syria and Libya under a military onslaught from the United States-led Global Coalition against the group.

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Libya's PM to visit Russia soon - Interfax [Reuters]

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27th Feb 17: ayez Seraj, the Libyan Prime Minister of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli is scheduled to arrive in Moscow within days, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

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Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States to Libya [Reliefweb]

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25th Feb 17: Libya - Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States to Libya (February 25, 2017)

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Libya After ISIS [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace]

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24th Feb 17: Among the many crises now facing the new Trump administration, Libya poses a growing challenge. The shattered Mediterranean state is close to open civil war, which could have profoundly negative consequences for U.S. interests and allies.

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East Libya bans travel for those aged between 18 and 45 [BBC]

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24th Feb 17:

Eastern Libya has banned men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 from travelling abroad without permission.
The region's military chief of staff, Abdelrazzak Al-Naduri, said the aim of the move was to prevent people from joining terrorist groups abroad.

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Russia increases involvement in Libya by signing oil deal [Guardian]

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22nd Feb 17: Libyan national oil corporation says contract with Rosneft to redevelop oilfields lays groundwork for further investment.

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Libya's eastern authority bans women travelling solo [BBC]

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21st Feb 17: Military officials controlling eastern Libya have banned women under 60 from travelling abroad on their own.

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Convoy with head of Libyan U.N.-backed government shot at, no-one hurt [Reuters]

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20th Feb 17: A convoy carrying the prime minister of Libya's U.N.-backed government and the two leaders of an allied parliament and presidential guard came under fire in Tripoli on Monday, but none of the three men were harmed, officials said.

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Libya Requests NATO Help to Rebuild Security Institutions [US News]

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16th Feb 17: NATO's chief says he has received a formal request from conflict-torn Libya to help strengthen its security institutions and that the alliance is looking into exactly what can be done.

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Egypt brokers Libya peace roadmap, but key figures fail to meet [Reuters]

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16th Feb 17: Libyan factions have tentatively agreed on an Egyptian-brokered road map to heal divisions, Egypt said, though the failure to engineer a meeting between two key figures has cast a shadow on the diplomatic push.

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Libya Crude Output Rises as Work Conditions for Big Oil Improve [Bloomberg]

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15th Feb 17: Libya’s crude production exceeded 700,000 barrels a day and is due to keep rising as working conditions in the conflict-ridden country improve for international companies like Eni SpA and Total SA, an official from the state oil company said.

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Libya rivals in Cairo to discuss political settlement [News 24]

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14th Feb 17: Cairo - The head of Libya's UN-brokered government and the country's most powerful army commander, who is allied with rival authorities, are expected to meet to discuss a political settlement.

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U.N. chief says Fayyad "right man" to be Libya envoy despite U.S. objection [Reuters]

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13th Feb 17: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he believed former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad was the "right person" to be the world body's envoy to Libya after the United States raised objections to the choice.

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Prioritizing Libya’s Stability: EU Stresses Political Settlement Over Military Solution [euBulletin]

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7th Feb 17: For the European Union, efforts to stabilize Libya are now more important than ever – such is the main conclusion of yesterday’s (6 February) Council conclusions.

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Trading giant Glencore extends major Libyan oil deal: sources [Reuters]

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6th Feb 17: Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore has extended a deal with Libya's state oil firm to be the sole marketer of one third of the country's current crude oil production, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Migrant crisis: EU summit seeks action plan with Libya [BBC]

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3rd Feb 17: European Union leaders are meeting in Malta to discuss how to stem the influx of migrants from North Africa.

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LBBC calls for dedicated British Trade Envoy to Libya [Libya Business News]

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1st Feb 17: Sir Vincent Fean (pictured on right), Chairman of the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC), has called for the creation of a dedicated Trade Envoy to Libya.

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Eastern Libya forces fly wounded to Russia in growing cooperation [Reuters]

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1st Feb 17: Around 70 soldiers from the forces of powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar have been sent to Russia for treatment, in one of the first overt signs of cooperation between Moscow and one of Libya's armed factions, an official and a military source said.

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Libya Oil Output On The Rise, Highest Since 2014 [Forbes]

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31st Jan 17: After a series of setbacks and missteps, Libya is reportedly on track to continue its increased oil production in 2017, with output now sitting at the highest levels seen since 2014.

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Presidential executive order on inbound migration to US [FCO]

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30th Jan 17: Foreign Office statement on what the Presidential executive order on inbound migration to US means to British nationals and dual nationals.

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LBBC criticism of President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration [LBBC]

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29th Jan 17:

Donald Trump is making many deplorable mistakes. The Libyan British Business Council condemns this truly grave error, disrupting the lives of so many innocents.

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Western Libya safe for foreign firm says Maetig [Libya Herald]

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28th Jan 17: Potential investors were assured today by Presidency Council deputy chairman Ahmed Maetig that western Libya was safe and ready for rebuilding.

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Libyan Forum for Investment and Reconstruction kick-starts in London [Libya Observer]

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26th Jan 17:

The Libyan Forum for Investment and Reconstruction convened this morning in London in the presence of the members of the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council (PC), Ahmed Mitig, the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, and a number of managers for Libyan businesses, reported the PC’s Communication and Media Administration.

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Libya calls for west to invest in oil industry to help 'unify' the country [Guardian]

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26th Jan 17: The international community has lost moral authority in Libya and can best help the country by acting to end oil smuggling and providing investment to boost production, the chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, has said. 

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US bombing in Libya was linked to Berlin truck attack [CNN]

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24th Jan 17: Intelligence indicating the possible presence of terrorists linked to the Berlin truck attack contributed to the decision to strike Libyan camps 28 miles southwest of Sirte last week, a US official and a source close to Libyan intelligence told CNN.

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