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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.

Donald Trump remarks raise fears of US disengagement in Libya [The Guardian]

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21st Apr 17: President says US has no role in embattled country as Italian diplomats watch Russia’s involvement with concern.

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GECOL agrees MoU to create Arab electricity network [Libya Herald]

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11th Apr 17:

State electricity company GECOL has signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint Arab electricity grid, agreed by the Arab League.
The MoU, signed in Cairo by Arab electricity ministers, underlines the League’s commitment to support the interconnection of electricity networks across the region.

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Syria, Libya to dominate agenda as G7 nations meet in Italy [CBC News]

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10th Apr 17: Italy is hoping for vocal support for a United Nations-backed government in Tripoli, that has struggled to exert its influence in the city, let alone in the rest of the violence-plagued north African country.

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GNA reports 30 percent shortfall in Q1 state revenues [Libya Herald]

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7th Apr 17: The Tripoli-based Ministry of Finance of the Faiez Serraj Government of National Accord (GNA) has reported that state revenues were down by 30 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

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Eni strikes Gamma gas off Libya [OEdigital]

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6th Apr 17: Italian giant Eni has discovered gas and condensate at the Gamma prospect, offshore Libya.

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Serraj arrives arrives in Jordan for Arab Summit; HoR protests at his invitation [Libya Herald]

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29th Mar 17: The head of the Presidency Council (PC) arrived in Jordan today for the Arab Summit which gets underway tomorrow at at the King Hussein Convention Center on the Dead Sea.

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Libya's National Oil Corp warns of new attempt at independent oil sales [Reuters]

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27th Mar 17: Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Sunday that it had identified "illegal" efforts to sell crude oil without its approval and warned potential buyers not to enter into such contracts.

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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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