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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.

Liberal academic heads Libya constitution panel [TurkishPress.com]

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22nd Apr 14:

TRIPOLI – Liberal academic Ali al-Tarhouni has been elected to head the 60-member committee tasked with writing Libya's new constitution.

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Abducted in Libya, diplomat pleads to Tunisian govt to act [Arab News]

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21st Apr 14:

A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his captors, according to a video released by a rebel group on Sunday evening.

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Libya's constitution-drafting body starts work [Reuters]

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21st Apr 14:

A special body to draft a new constitution for Libya convened in the volatile east on Sunday, a milestone in the bumpy transformation of the North African country since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

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Government insists Zueitina is being brought under state control [Libya Herald]

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21st Apr 14:

Zueitina oil export terminal is being brought back under state control, Justice Minister Salah Al-Marghani has said.

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High stakes as restive Benghazi votes in Libyan local polls [Reuters]

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20th Apr 14:

Libyan voters went to the polls yesterday (Saturday) to elect municipal council members in 15 cities, including Benghazi, the country's second city, which is seeking greater autonomy for the eastern seaboard region.

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Libyan wealth fund to appoint investment managers [Gulf News]

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19th Apr 14:

The Libyan Investment Authority plans to outsource its investment management, expand in London and implement international standards of governance, as it seeks to move beyond allegations of past mismanagement, cronyism and failed investments.

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Fresh attack targets foreign diplomats in Libya [Al Arabiya]

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19th Apr 14:

Foreign diplomats in Libya from several Arab and Western missions are reportedly fleeing the country amid a string of recent attacks targeting envoys and Libyan politicians, diplomatic sources said Saturday.

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Libya plans smart cards to cut fuel subsidies [Daily Star Lebanon]

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19th Apr 14: TRIPOLI: Libya plans to limit the costly subsidies its citizens enjoy when buying fuel – much of which is smuggled into Tunisia for resale at higher prices – by introducing a “smart card” system like one newly implemented in neighboring Egypt.

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LBBC congratulates Unit Superheater

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16th Apr 14: UK Export Finance's trade insurance gave Unit Superheater the confidence to accept an important contract in Libya

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LBBC to take delegation to Tripoli in June

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16th Apr 14: Sir Dominic Asquith, former British Ambassador to Libya and now Chairman of the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC), will lead a business delegation to Tripoli from 1-4 June 2014.

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Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya attack [BBC News]

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15th Apr 14: The Jordanian ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped in the capital Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.

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Oil prices steady as Libya woes ease [BBC News]

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14th Apr 14:

Crude oil prices rose in early Monday trading amid tensions in Ukraine, but fell again after Libyan protesters ended their occupation of an oil port.

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Libya starts trial of ex-Gadhafi officials, sons absent [Daily Star Lebanon]

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14th Apr 14:

TRIPOLI: Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi's sons and former regime officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy.

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Libya: Jihadi Leader Belmokhtar Alive in Libya and Plotting Attacks, Sources [AllAfrica.com]

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14th Apr 14:

The Sahara jihadi leader behind last year's bloody hostage-taking at the In Amenas gas plant is alive and plotting new attacks in Libya, security sources say, contradicting earlier reports of Mokhtar Belmokhtar's death.

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Libya PM Quits, Says He Was Targeted in Armed Attack [Time]

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14th Apr 14:

Interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thini said he would not accept the premiership after a “traitorous attack” on him and his family. His resignation comes less than a week after Libya's parliament required him to form a new Cabinet

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Privatization and Investment Board workshop on Libya’s investment map [Libya Herald]

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13th Apr 14:

On the margins of the 42 Tripoli International Fair held between 2-12 April at the Tripoli International Fairgrounds, the Privatization and Investment Board (PIB) (www.investinlibya.ly) held a workshop on “Libya’s investment map” last Thursday.

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Non-paying customers leave GECOL with LD 1.7 billion in losses [Libya Herald]

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13th Apr 14:

Libyans reluctant to pay their electricity bills have left the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) facing annual losses of LD 1.7 billion.

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Libya’s port deal no risk-free return to steady oil output [Daily Start Lebanon]

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12th Apr 14:

Libya may have averted a state collapse by striking a deal with eastern rebels to reopen occupied oil ports, but technical delays and simmering federalist dissent threaten to disrupt production once again.

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Libya looks to past for new constitution [DW.de]

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12th Apr 14:

The security situation in Libya remains chaotic - not ideal conditions to draw up a new constitution. But a 63-year-old constitution, framed under the old monarchy, could help the federalists.

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Attempted Libya jailbreak leaves 2 prisoners dead [AP]

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12th Apr 14:

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's justice minister says that an attempted jailbreak at a prison outside Tripoli left two prisoners dead.

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Libyan oil production to reach 1 m bpd by June: OPEC [Libya Herald]

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11th Apr 14:

Libya’s oil production is expected to rise to one million barrels per day by the middle of June.

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Is Libyan Energy Ready For A Comeback? [Forbes.com]

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9th Apr 14:

After eight months of delays and closures for Libya’s energy sector, rebel groups finally announced some progress in talks with the country’s current government.

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Libya parliament asks PM to form new cabinet [AlJazeera]

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8th Apr 14:

Libya parliament urges acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to form a new government within a week.

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Libya Rebels Keep Oil-Sharing Condition for Ports Opening [Bloomberg]

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8th Apr 14:

Libyan rebels seeking self-rule for the east of the country are standing by a demand that they get a share of crude export revenue before they hand over Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, the two oil ports still under their control, according to a mediator in talks with the government.

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GNC group calls on Congress Head Abu Sahmain to resign [Libya Herald]

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8th Apr 14:

A group of 30 members of the General National Congress (GNC) has demanded the resignation of Congress head Nuri Abu Sahmain, over leaked video footage relating to an incident earlier this year.

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Defense show opens in Libya [Global Times]

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7th Apr 14:

The Libya Defense Show 2014 opened in Tripoli on Sunday, aiming to mend the security situation in the war-torn country.

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Libyan rebels, government agree to gradually reopen occupied oil ports [Reuters]

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6th Apr 14: Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to gradually end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the North African state billions in lost revenues.

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Group of Libyan lawmakers plan to sack parliamentary president [Reuters]

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6th Apr 14: Some 30 Libyan lawmakers plan to remove parliamentary president Nouri Abu Sahmain, the country's top official, over a leaked video in which he was grilled by an unknown questioner over a visit by two women to his house, one of them said on Sunday.

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Mass strike paralyses Libya's Benghazi [AlJazeera]

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6th Apr 14:

Large parts of Libya's restive eastern city have come to a standstill because of a strike over security concerns.

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Libya sees 'good intentions' in oil port talks; rebel split seen [Reuters]

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4th Apr 14:

Libya has seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels which could lead to the lifting of their blockage of major oil ports within days, a government minister said on Thursday.

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Libya rebels 'agree to end oil port blockade' [AlJazeera]

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2nd Apr 14:

The leader of a rebel group in eastern Libya has agreed to end its seizure of several oil-exporting ports within days, raising hopes of ending an eight-month stalemate with the government in Tripoli, according to reports.

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Libya releases three rebels who boarded tanker at rebel port - official [Reuters]

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1st Apr 14:

(Reuters) - Libya has released three rebel fighters who had boarded a tanker loading oil at a rebel-held port before it was returned to Tripoli by the U.S. navy, an official said on Monday.

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Armed militias hold Libya hostage [Reuters]

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31st Mar 14:

(Reuters) - When a militia holding Libya's eastern ports loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil earlier this month, the Libyan parliament sacked its own prime minister and turned to U.S. commandos to bring its cargo back.

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SocGen accused over Libya deals [FT.com]

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30th Mar 14:

The Libyan Investment Authority has accused Société Générale of helping to funnel bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to close associates of Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi.

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Abductions and Bishr killing ratchets up anti-Warshefana sentiment in Tripoli [Libya Herald]

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30th Mar 14:

Following yesterday morning’s abduction of a Suq Al-Juma family of six allegedly by men from the Warshefana area, the kidnapping of two other people yesterday by the Warshefana has escalated animosity towards the tribe in Suq Al-Juma, Tajoura and other parts of the capital.

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Gadhafi's son Saadi apologizes to the people of Libya in video

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30th Mar 14:

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GNC votes to replace itself with new House of Representatives [Libya Herald]

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30th Mar 14:

The General National Congress (GNC) approved an Electoral Law this evening that will see it pass into history with elections to a new interim legislature to be known as the House of Representatives.

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Al-Thinni likely to be given another fortnight as PM by Congress [Libya Herald]

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25th Mar 14:

Abdullah Al-Thinni is expected to be given another two weeks as interim prime minister by the General National Congress (GNC), Congress members have told the Libya Herald. The reason, they say, is that there is no consensus on anyone else.

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Libyan port rebels demand tanker back before any negotiations [Reuters]

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25th Mar 14:

(Reuters) - Libyan rebels who control three oil ports will not enter any talks with the government about ending their blockade unless Tripoli returns a tanker that loaded oil at one of its terminals but was recaptured by U.S. forces, they said on Monday.

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Libya releases crew of rogue oil tanker [Gulf Times]

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25th Mar 14:

Libya will release the crew of a tanker that loaded oil at a rebel-held port and was stopped by the US Navy off Cyprus, its state prosecutor said yesterday.

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Two more security officials and a poet killed in Benghazi [Libya Herald]

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24th Mar 14:

Two more security officials have been killed in separate incidents in Benghazi.

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Strikes risk permanently damaging Libya’s oil and gas reserves warns Eni chief

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24th Mar 14:

Strikers who have been forcing production at Libya’s oil and gas fields to stop, restart and stop again risk permanently damaging extraction, the head of the biggest foreign energy company in the country has said.

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Libya is a disaster we helped create. The west must take responsibility [The Guardian]

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24th Mar 14:

Who could object to the removal of Colonel Gaddafi? But what has happened since shames western interventionists...

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Libya denies reports on 'anti-Egypt army' [World Bulletin]

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21st Mar 14:

The Libyan army on Thursday denied Egyptian media reports about the presence of training camps for militant groups that seek to topple Egypt's regime.

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Libyan TV channel targeted [Libya Herald]

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20th Mar 14:

Two vehicles belonging to the independent Libya TV channel were blown up this evening (Thursday) in a car park at the Tourist Village near Gar Younis in Benghazi. No one was hurt in the explosion and, apart from the vehicles, one of which was completed destroyed, there was no damage.  The reason for the attack is unknown.

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Libya's ostracised Tawerghans still living in camps [BBC News]

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20th Mar 14:

Nearly three years after the conflict in Libya that toppled long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi, some people are still internally displaced.

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Congress divided about speaking to federalists [Libya Herald]

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20th Mar 14:

The General National Congress (GNC) is divided over talking to the self-proclaimed government of Cyrenaica about ending the blockade of the oil export terminals.

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Libya: Seized Tanker Returns to Libya With U.S. Assistance [allAfrica.com]

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20th Mar 14:

Twenty-five U.S. Navy personnel remain aboard the oil tanker Morning Glory after a team of Navy SEALs boarded and took control of the ship March 17, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said March 19.

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Libyan rebel leader calls U.S. Navy 'pirates' after tanker seized [Reuters]

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19th Mar 14:

(Reuters) - A Libyan rebel leader accused the United States on Tuesday of behaving like pirates after U.S. naval forces seized an oil-laden tanker that had sailed from a rebel-held port in the east of the chaotic North African state.

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US navy Seals take over oil tanker seized by Libyan rebels [The Guardian]

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18th Mar 14:

American navy Seals have seized a North Korea-flagged tanker that had been loaded with crude oil at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya, the Pentagon said on Monday.

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Libya car bomb: Benghazi army base hit by deadly attack [BBC News]

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17th Mar 14:

A car bomb at a military academy has left at least eight soldiers dead in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medical sources say.

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Al-Thinni “will stay as Prime Minister” says GNC member [Libya Herald]

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17th Mar 14:

Abdullah Al-Thinni, the current “caretaker” Prime Minister is likely to remain in post until the end of term of the General National Congress (GNC), one Congressman told the Libya Herald today.

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UK report says lack of financial resources shackle Libyan SMEs [Libya Herald]

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17th Mar 14:

Libya’s economy is being held back by a lack of funds for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) according to a study carried out by the UK’s Nottingham Trent University.

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Libyan port rebels say ready for talks, demand Tripoli suspend offensive [Reuters]

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16th Mar 14:

(Reuters) - Libyan rebels controlling three oil export ports said on Saturday they were ready to negotiate with the government over ending their six-month blockade if Tripoli abandoned plans for a military offensive.

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Ex-Libyan PM on defensive over no-confidence vote [AFP]

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14th Mar 14:

Tripoli — Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan on Thursday denounced a no-confidence vote by his country's parliament that led to his dismissal as a "falsification", in a statement on rolling news channel France24.

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Minister of Transport resigns

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13th Mar 14:

The Minister of Transport, Abdel-Qader Mohamed Ahmed, resigned today (Thursday), just two days after former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was ousted by a vote of no-confidence.

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Ousting of Libyan PM Ali Zeidan brings threat of civil war [The Guardian]

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13th Mar 14:

The ousting of Libya's prime minister, who fled to Europe this week, has triggered fighting between eastern and western regions that threatens to divide the country.

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GNC gives Jadhran two weeks to hand over oil terminals [Libya Herald]

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13th Mar 14:

The General National Congress (GNC) has given federalist forces two weeks to hand over oil export terminals in the east before they are taken by force.

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North Korea disowns Libya oil tanker [BBC News]

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13th Mar 14:

North Korea had nothing to do with a tanker which left Libya with an oil shipment in defiance of the government, a Pyongyang official has said.

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Why Libya matters [TheHill.com: Congress Blog]

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13th Mar 14:

The Friends of Libya conference held last week in Rome did little to change the international approach to Libya but served as an opportunity to rebuild focus on a country hamstrung by numerous challenges.

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Abdullah Al-Thinni – caretaker Prime Minister for two weeks [Libya Herald]

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12th Mar 14:

The country’s new caretaker Prime Minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni, was quickly sworn-in late in the day at yesterday’s dramatic General National Congress (GNC) session.

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Libyan parliament sacks PM after tanker escapes rebel-held port [Reuters]

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12th Mar 14:

Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after rebels humiliated the government by loading crude on a tanker that fled from naval forces, officials said, in a sign of the worsening chaos in the OPEC member state.

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Libya orders military force to 'liberate' rebel-held ports [Reuters]

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10th Mar 14:

(Reuters) - Libya's parliament has ordered a special force to be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue.

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North Korean-flagged tanker intercepted by military forces [Libya Herald]

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10th Mar 14:

The North Korean-flagged oil tanker that loaded an illegal shipment of oil from Sidra port has been intercepted after it set sail and headed for international waters.

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Libya port rebels say started exporting oil, bypassing government [Reuters]

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8th Mar 14:

Armed protesters controlling ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government in a major escalation of their blockade to demand a greater share of the nation's petroleum wealth.

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Sunday key GNC day as it votes on adopting new Road Map recommended by “February” Committee [Libya Herald]

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8th Mar 14:

Tomorrow (Sunday) could turn out to be a seminal day in the history of the new post-February 17th Libya as the General National Council (GNC) attempts to vote on a number of key issues that could determine Libya’s new and nascent democratic future.

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BP shelves onshore exploration in Libya as instability grows [Reuters]

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6th Mar 14:

(Reuters) - Oil and gas major BP (BP.L) said it had mothballed plans to explore in Libya's Ghadames basin because of security concerns, the latest in a series of companies to rethink their projects amid growing instability.

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Niger Officials Extradite Gaddafi’s Son to Libya [TIME]

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6th Mar 14:

Saadi Gaddafi, one of the seven sons of Libya’s former strongman Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, was reportedly extradited back to his homeland this week from Niger and is now being held at a Tripoli prison.

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Libyan architectural organisations sign deal with UK's RIBA [Libya Herald]

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5th Mar 14:

Libyan architectural standards are set to rise following an agreement between Libya’s two architectural associations, the Libyan Board of Architecture (LBA) and Libyan Institute of Architects (LIA), and the UK’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Power struggle disrupts oil port in Libya's far east [Reuters]

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5th Mar 14:

(Reuters) - If anyone understands the deep divisions over how to resolve the blockade of Libya's eastern Hariga oil port, it is the family of local mayor Faraj Yassin.

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Libyan business confederation to be set up [Libya Herald]

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5th Mar 14:

Plans are in motion to set up an organisation as the voice of the Libya private sector. The creation of a Libyan Confederation of Trade, Industry and Services was agreed by a number of trade and business organisations at a meeting yesterday at the offices of the Libyan Industrial Union in Tripoli.

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Zeidan survives another dismissal attempt by Congress

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5th Mar 14:

Once again, despite claims by Congress members on Monday that they were going to sack Prime Minster Ali Zeidan on the grounds that he was responsible for the deteriorating security in Libya, the General National Congress (GNC) failed to reach any decision at yesterday’s session.

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Libya to reinstate citizenship of ousted royals [World Bulletin]

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4th Mar 14:

Libya's Council of Ministers on Monday decreed that the family of ousted King Muhammad Idris al-Senussi may be rehabilitated as nationals.

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Protesters storm Libya’s parliament: witnesses [AFP]

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2nd Mar 14:

TRIPOLI: Dozens of protesters on Sunday stormed Libya’s interim parliament, the General National Congress, with some of them rampaging through the building, witnesses said.

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French engineer shot dead in Libya, hospital [RFI]

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2nd Mar 14:

A French engineer has been shot dead in the Libyan city of Benghazi, hospital sources said Sunday. The man, so far unndamed, was shot as he was working on extension work at Benghazi Medical Centre.

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47 winners declared in Libya's constitution assembly polls [Worldbulletin]

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2nd Mar 14:

Libya's Higher National Elections Commission declared late Saturday preliminary results of polls to elect 60 members of the constitution assembly tasked with writing the country's new constitution.

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Cyrenaica support for Hafter mirrors disillusionment with Congress and government over security [Libya Herald]

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1st Mar 14:

Major General Khalifa Hafter, who sees himself as Libya’s counterpart to Egypt’s Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi, has claimed that Cyrenaica supports him. Speaking on Awalan TV last night, he repeated his plans to push Congress and the government aside, claiming that if all Libyans gave him the green light, he would lift Libya out of its current crisis. 

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Libya announces early results of assembly elections [Alarabiya]

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1st Mar 14:

Libya’s electoral commission Saturday announced the preliminary results from polls for an assembly to draw up a new constitution, although 13 of 60 seats remained vacant after unrest in several areas stopped voting.

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Central Bank celebrates successful credit risk management training programme [Libya Herald]

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1st Mar 14:

The Central Bank of Libya yesterday (Friday) celebrated a successful pilot programme on credit risk management with the French banking training institute, the Centre de Formation de la Profession Bancaire (CFPB), and its Tunisian equivalent, the Academy of Banking and Finance (ABF).

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U.N. has 'deep' concerns about Libyan violence [UPI]

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25th Feb 14:

The U.N. Support Mission in Libya said Tuesday violence in the country was a violation of human dignity and an assault on the spirit of the revolution.

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Zeidan asks for international intervention in arms collection [Libya Herald]

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25th Feb 14:

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan repeated his belief that Libya would need international mediation or arbitration in its effort to collect arms from the public and militias.

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Seven Egyptian Christians found shot execution-style on Libyan beach [Reuters]

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24th Feb 14:

Libyan police have found seven Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach in eastern Libya, security officials and local residents said on Monday, in the second such execution-style killing since the start of the year.

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Libya struggles to pay bills as protests slash oil revenues [Reuters]

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24th Feb 14:

Libyan government ministries are struggling to cover expenditures because of budget problems, a minister said on Sunday after protesters shut down another vital oilfield in the OPEC producer.

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Constitutional Committee election final turnout put at half a million [Libya Herald]

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23rd Feb 14:

Releasing the full figures for the turnout in Thursday’s Constitutional Committee elections last night, the Higher National Elections Commission (HNEC) has reiterated that an attempt to re-run the contest will take place on Wednesday in those polling centres where violence or blockades prevented it happening.  If, however, they are disrupted again, the issue will have to be resolved by the General National Congress, HNEC head Nuri Elabbar said.

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Libya oil output dives after key field shut [Aljazeera]

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23rd Feb 14:

Libya's oil production has fallen to 230,000 barrels a day from 570,000 bpd due to the closure of the el-Sharara field following protests, state-owned National Oil Corp (NOC) said.


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Op-Ed: Obama renews order that Libya is a threat to U.S. security [Digital Journalism]

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23rd Feb 14:

Tripoli - Although it is almost three years since Ghadafi ruled in Libya, President Obama claims that Libya is still a threat to U,S, national interests.

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