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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.

UN's Leon holds fresh Libya peace talks in Algiers [Middle East Eye]

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31st Jul 15: UN envoy Bernardino Leon was to hold talks with members of the General National Congress parliament which boycotted a UN peace deal for the conflict-hit country, both sides said Thursday.

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death in Libya [The Telegraph]

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29th Jul 15:

The British-educated son of Col Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by firing squad by a court in war-torn Libya.

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UK government drafting plans to defeat Islamic State in Libya [Digital Journal]

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27th Jul 15:

British Prime Minister David Cameron claims that the UK should be ready to fight terrorist groups anywhere in the world. He is drawing up plans for defeating Islamic State forces inside Syria.


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Libya: UN mission calls for immediate ceasefire as fresh violence erupts across country's southern region [UN News]

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24th Jul 15: Deeply concerned by escalating violence in southern Libya, the United Nations Support Mission in the crisis-torn country called for an immediate ceasefire today amid fighting that has claimed dozens of lives in recent weeks and is a “further reminder of the chaos engulfing Libya and the need for the main…actors to move quickly to reach a political settlement.”

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A vision for Libya: Aref Nayed details the changes the Government of National Accord has to make [Libya Herald]

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20th Jul 15: Interview with Aref Nayed

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Foreign Secretary welcomes Libya agreement [FCO UK]

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14th Jul 15: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond comments on the agreement to establish a Government of National Accord in Libya.

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Tripoli parliament stays away from signing of Libya peace agreement [Reuters]

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12th Jul 15: Some Libyan warring factions signed an initial United Nations-sponsored agreement on Sunday to form a unity government and end fighting, but a key player from a parliament controlling the capital Tripoli stayed away.

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Libya's recognized government warns tankers away from Ras Lanuf port [Reuters]

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10th Jul 15:

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EU promises support to Libyan municipalities while looking for help to end political crisis [Libya Herald]

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9th Jul 15:

Mayors from Benghazi, Zintan, Sebha and Gharyan as well two Libyan municipal coordinators met European officials in Brussels today as part of EU efforts to build relations between Libyan municipalities and Europe as well as further encourage them to take a leading role in ending the current political crisis.

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Tripoli parliament rejects Libya peace plan [Al Aribiya]

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8th Jul 15: The parliament in Tripoli rejected Tuesday a U.N. proposal to resolve Libya's political crisis but said it wanted to press on with talks toward reaching an accord with its rival in the east of the country.

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Libya PM hopes for deal with rivals [Gulf News]

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2nd Jul 15:  Libya’s internationally recognised prime minister said he hoped to reach a power-sharing peace agreement on Thursday with his rivals during UN-backed talks to end a conflict that threatens to break up the country.

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Joint Statement on Libya [FCO]

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1st Jul 15:

Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, express deep concern about ongoing violence within Libya, and expansion of terrorism in Libya.

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Libya talks 'very positive,' reports UN envoy [UN News Centre]

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30th Jun 15: The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, announced today that there is a political agreement amongst the parties on the majority of the elements of the draft proposal they are considering, and he hoped to have them initial it later this week.

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Libyan Airlines resumes flights to Labraq and Tobruk [Libya Herald]

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26th Jun 15:

Libyan Airlines has announced that it has resumed flights from Mitiga to Labraq and Tobruk. 

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Libya's elected parliament backs U.N. peace plan, with amendments [Reuters]

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25th Jun 15: Libya's elected parliament has voted to stay in United Nations peace talks after calling for amendments to a proposed power-sharing deal aimed at ending the conflict between the country's two rival governments.

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Tripoli forces hit Islamic State in Libya with air strikes [Today]

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22nd Jun 15: he self-declared government in control of the Libyan capital Tripoli has launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters in the city of Sirte, officials and witnesses said on Monday.

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Glenn Maud v The Libyan Investment Authority

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22nd Jun 15:  The decision of Glenn Maud v The Libyan Investment Authority on 8 June 2015 is of interest to those involved with sanctions.

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Libya's Tripoli govt welcomes latest UN peace draft [Business Standard]

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17th Jun 15:

The alliance controlling Libya's capital Tripoli said today it welcomed a draft UN agreement aimed at lifting the country out of months of chaos by forming a national unity government. 

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Libya May Double Oil Output Amid Longest Glut in 18 Years [Bloomberg]

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17th Jun 15: Libya may double crude output to 800,000 barrels a day by next month after talks to reopen oil and gas pipelines feeding export terminals, amid the most enduring global glut in almost two decades.

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Libya says 'uncatchable' veteran militant killed in U.S. strike [Reuters]

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15th Jun 15:

A veteran Islamist militant blamed for a deadly attack on an Algerian gas field and who ran smuggling routes across North Africa has been killed in a U.S. air strike inside Libya, Libya's government said on Sunday.

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Libyan factions reach pact to protect Goldman Sachs lawsuit [The Telegraph]

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12th Jun 15:

Two sides in power struggle for control of Libyan Investment Authority agree to appoint lawyers to take cases against Goldman and Societe Generale foward. 

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Libya parliament rejects UN-proposed power-sharing deal [Al Jazeera]

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9th Jun 15:

Participation in UN-brokered talks suspended after claims that draft proposal would give rival government more power.

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U.N. hands Libya's warring factions unity government proposal [Reuters]

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9th Jun 15: United Nations negotiators on Monday handed Libya's warring factions a draft proposal for forming a unity government in an attempt to end a conflict that threatens to push the North African country into becoming a failed state.

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Libyan political dialogue round set for Monday in Morocco – UN mission [UN News Centre]

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5th Jun 15: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced today that the next round of Libyan political dialogue sessions in Skhirat, Morocco, will commence on Monday, 08 June.

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Libya: UN envoy meets political actors and activists on reaching final agreement to end crisis [UN News]

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4th Jun 15: The only option Libya has, “the only real alternative for the future,” is an agreement, Special Representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL), Bernardino León said at a meeting in Algeria with Libyan political leaders and activists today.

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Libya steps out of financial wilderness with plan to manage assets [The Telegraph]

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1st Jun 15: Nation's $67bn sovereign wealth fund plans to reinvest certain dormant assets.

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