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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.

Scores of Migrants Feared Dead in Shipwreck off Libya [Wall Street Journal]

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1st May 16:

More than 80 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck late last week close to the Libyan coast, an aid agency said, less than two weeks after hundreds of migrants are believed to have died on the perilous Libya-to-Italy route.

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Blacklisted oil tanker returns to Libya's Zawiya port [Reuters]

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1st May 16: A tanker that Libya's rival eastern government had been using to try to export oil in defiance of the Western-backed administration in Tripoli returned to the country on Saturday, after it was blacklisted by the United Nations, the state oil company said.

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Serraj takes over more Tripoli ministries [Libya Herald]

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24th Apr 16: The Transport Ministry in Tripoli’s Dahra area was today handed over to the Presidency Council (PC) led by prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj.

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Islamic State in retreat around east Libyan city: military [Reuters]

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21st Apr 16: Islamic State fighters retreated from long-held positions around the port city of Derna on Wednesday, military forces in eastern Libya said, as troops loyal to the government in the region pressed on with an offensive in Benghazi.

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Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya [The Guardian]

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20th Apr 16: Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months.

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Libya offered security help by European Union [The Guardian]

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19th Apr 16: The European Union has responded to a request for help from the fledgling UN-backed Libyan government by offering assistance with its security sector, managing migration, border management and police capacity building.

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No MPs vote on Libya troops mission says Hammond [The Telegraph]

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18th Apr 16: Britain is prepared to send troops to Libya to bolster the country against Islamic State without asking for Parliament’s permission, the Foreign Secretary has said.

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UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond makes surprise Libya visit [The Guardian]

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18th Apr 16: The British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, arrived on a surprise visit to Tripoli on Monday, officials said, in the latest foreign visit in support of Libya’s UN-backed unity government.

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New Libyan unity government says will start moving into ministries [Reuters]

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17th Apr 16: Libya's new U.N.-backed unity government has secured six ministry buildings in Tripoli and will take administrative control of some of them on Monday, a deputy prime minister has said, despite the volatile security situation.

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EU preparing to deploy security mission in Libya, if requested [Reuters]

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15th Apr 16:

The European Union is signalling that it will consider moving security personnel into Libya to help stabilise the chaotic country if requested by a new U.N.-backed Libyan government, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

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Foreign ambassadors return to Libya under new government [The Guardian]

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14th Apr 16:

France, Britain and Spain have sent ambassadors to Tripoli as the international community tries to show solidarity with the UN-brokered unity government for Libya.

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Italian minister in Libya for talks with unity government [The Local]

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12th Apr 16:

Italy's foreign minister visited Tripoli today (Tuesday) to bolster the unity government struggling to end Libya's chaos, in the first visit by a top Western official since 2014.

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Key countries back unity government in stabilising Libya [Business Standard]

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8th Apr 16:

Britain, France and Russia backed the new UN-brokered unity government in Libya and called for international support for its efforts to reunite and stabilise the deeply divided country.

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Libya government: Tripoli 'U-turn' over stepping aside [BBC News]

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7th Apr 16:

The head of a coalition ruling western Libya and the capital, Tripoli, appears to have reversed a decision to dismiss his administration.

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Libya's self-declared National Salvation government steps down [The Guardian]

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6th Apr 16:

One of Libya’s rival governments has resigned, a step that helps efforts by a new, UN-brokered unity government to assert itself in the capital Tripoli despite opposition from some local militias.

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Tunisia says Libya embassy to reopen to back unity govt [Mail Online]

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4th Apr 16: Tunisia on Monday announced the reopening of its embassy and consulate in the Libyan capital following the arrival there of a UN-backed unity government.

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Libya: EU sanctions hit three politicians opposed to new government [BBC]

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1st Apr 16: The EU has imposed sanctions on three prominent Libyan politicians opposed to the installation of a UN-backed government.

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Libya sanctions shift possible when unity government controls fund - UN [Reuters]

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1st Apr 16: The U.N. Security Council said on Thursday it was ready to consider changes to sanctions on Libya's sovereign wealth fund once a unity government confirms it has control of it, along with the National Oil Corporation and the central bank.

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UK Foreign Secretary's statement on Libya [FCO]

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1st Apr 16: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes arrival of Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and members of the Presidency Council to Tripoli.

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Libya's UN-backed unity government arrives in Tripoli [Al Jazeera]

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30th Mar 16: Members of Libya's UN-backed unity government arrived in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday, defying warnings by rival factions that it should not move there.  

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Libya unity government blames rival faction for Tripoli airspace closure [Reuters]

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29th Mar 16: Libya's UN-backed unity government has accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital's airspace to prevent it from travelling from Tunisia to start work.

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Malta warns of clashes in Libya [New Europe]

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28th Mar 16: Malta’s Foreign Affairs Minister George Vella has warned that the delayed entry of the United Nations-backed national Libya unity government is fertile ground for Islamic State militants. He said this could result in fierce clashes in the Libyan capital and see Islamic State militants take further advantage of the political and security vacuum in the country.

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Libya joins Iran in snubbing oil freeze - source [Reuters]

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22nd Mar 16:  Libya does not plan to attend an April 17 meeting of oil producers about freezing supply to support prices, a Libyan OPEC delegate said on Tuesday, joining fellow OPEC member Iran in snubbing the initiative.

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Tunisia reopens Libya border after attack on nearby town [Al-Arabiya]

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22nd Mar 16: Tunisia reopened its border crossings with Libya on Tuesday after a two-week closure in response to a deadly militants attack on a town near the frontier, the interior ministry said.

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High Court ruling confirms continued operations of LIA

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18th Mar 16: The English High Court has today confirmed the continued operations of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) from Malta, and the protection for the LIA’s on-going litigations in the English courts.

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Libya's UN-backed government to move to Tripoli within days: PM [Reuters]

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18th Mar 16: Libya's U.N.-backed unity government will move to Tripoli from Tunis "within a few days", its prime minister said in a television interview broadcast on Thursday.

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France Urges EU Sanctions Against Libya 'Spoilers' [ABC News]

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14th Mar 16:

France is urging the European Union to impose sanctions against officials in Libya accused of blocking the unity government there.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Monday for "sanctions against those who put obstacles in the way, against those who ultimately stop the Libyan authorities from starting their work."

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Libya's U.N.-sponsored unity government says it is gearing up to assume power [US News]

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13th Mar 16: Libya's U.N.-sponsored unity government says it is gearing up to assume power, although major concerns remain over its chances of successfully setting up shop in Tripoli, where several militias have openly threatened it

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Libya's rival parliaments finalize draft deal to solve political crisis [Libya Observer]

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10th Mar 16:

Representatives of Libya's two rival parliaments have agreed on a draft agreement to solve the country's political crisis and form a government of national unity.

After a week long series of meetings in Tripoli, representatives of the General National Congress and Tobruk Parliament called for a stop to bloodshed to prevail peace and stability in the country.

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Sir Vincent Fean to take over from Sir Dominic Asquith as LBBC Chairman

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8th Mar 16:

Outgoing LBBC Chairman Sir Dominic Asquith's statement to LBBC members:

It is with considerable regret that I must announce that I am standing down today as Chairman of the LBBC.  I do so for no other reason than that I have been asked and have agreed to return to government service as High Commissioner in New Delhi as has been announced by the FCO today. I am delighted to announce that Sir Vincent Fean has agreed to succeed me as Chairman and that the Board have unanimously approved the appointment.

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UK Judge Adjourns Tug-of-War Case over Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund [Wall Street Journal]

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8th Mar 16: A British judge adjourned a case Monday in which he was asked to decide who is the rightful leader of Libya’s $67 billion sovereign wealth fund.

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Financial Sanctions Notice [HM Treasury UK]

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4th Mar 16: The Treasury has revoked “Libya General Licence 1” with immediate effect. Any acts being undertaken under this licence which would otherwise be prohibited by the Libya (Financial Sanctions) Order 2011 or Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44 (“the Regulation”) must now be authorised under a new licence taking into account the licencing grounds in the Regulation.

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Libya 'needs to move ahead now, or risk division and collapse,' UN envoy tells Security Council [UN News Centre]

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3rd Mar 16: Libya needs to move ahead now or risk division and collapse, the top United Nations official in the country warned the UN Security Council today, while presenting the latest report on political and humanitarian developments.

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HoR group heads to Tripoli hoping to revitalise Libya-Libya dialogue [Libya Herald]

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2nd Mar 16: A five-member delegation from the House of Representatives has arrived in Tripoli hoping to revive the “Libya-Libya” dialogue launched in December.

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