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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.

Obama Is Pressed to Open Military Front Against ISIS in Libya [New York Times]

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5th Feb 16: WASHINGTON — President Obama is being pressed by some of his national security aides, including his top military advisers, to approve the use of American forces in Libya to open another front against the Islamic State.

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EU must maintain its aid to Libya, say MEPs [EU Parliament News]

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5th Feb 16: Economic disintegration and violence in Libya are worsening its fragility and enabling extremist organisations to flourish there, warned MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders, representing the EU foreign policy chief. Spillovers from Libya’s conflicts are also destabilising the Sahel region, they add. In a resolution voted on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU and international community to be ready to support Libyans’ efforts to implement the Libyan Political Agreement.

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UN Deputy Special Envoy lashes out at international reluctance to help Libya [Libya Herald]

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2nd Feb 16: Ali Al-Za’tari, the deputy head of the UN Special Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in the country has launched a scathing attack on the international community for ignoring the Libyan humanitarian crisis.

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Nations gather in Rome to discuss anti-Islamic State push, Libya [Reuters]

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1st Feb 16: Nearly two dozen nations gather on Tuesday to plot their fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq and how to choke off its rise in Libya.

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Libya's recognized parliament rejects U.N.-backed unity government

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25th Jan 16:

Libya's internationally recognized parliament voted on Monday to reject a unity government proposed under a United Nations-backed plan to resolve the country's political crisis and armed conflict.  Though not a surprise, the rejection was a setback in efforts to heal Libya's deep divides. Of 104 members who attended the session in the eastern city of Tobruk, 89 voted against an administration nominated last week, demanding a new proposal within 10 days.

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HM Treasury Financial Sanctions Updates : Financial Sanctions: Libya regime

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21st Jan 16: Financial Sanctions: Libya regime and Financial Sanctions FAQs

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Libya's rival groups name unity cabinet under UN deal [BBC News]

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19th Jan 16:

Members of Libya's proposed national unity government have been named under a UN-brokered deal aimed at uniting the country's warring factions.  The 32 names will be sent to the internationally recognised parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk for approval.

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Libya delays announcing new government members [Albawaba News]

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18th Jan 16: The body tasked with naming a unity government for Libya under a UN-backed agreement to resolve the country’s armed conflict has delayed announcing the government’s members by 48 hours.

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Libya keen to awaken country’s oil industry [Business Day]

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14th Jan 16: The head of Libya’s state-oil company on Wednesday said he is meeting major oil companies such as BP to try to stimulate the country’s potential to produce petroleum, after Islamic State recently inflicted heavy damage to a key oil export terminal.

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Serraj confers with Turkish PM in Ankara [Libya Herald]

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12th Jan 16: The head of the Presidency Council, prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj has flown to Ankara this morning for talks with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu on potential support that Turkey can give to Libya.

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EU Pledges 100 Million Euros to Aid Libya's Unity Government [ABC News]

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9th Jan 16:

he European Union's foreign policy chief has unveiled a 100 million euro ($109 million) aid package for Libya's fledgling unity government one day after an attack by a suicide bomber killed at least 60 policemen.

Federica Mogherini announced the aid deal Friday at a joint press conference with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj in Tunis, the capital of neighboring Tunisia, where the unity government is temporarily based.

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Libya truck bomb targets police recruits in Zliten [BBC News]

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7th Jan 16:

At least 47 people have been killed by a truck bomb targeting a police training centre in the western Libyan city of Zliten, reports say.

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More guards killed in Islamic State attacks on Libya's oil ports [Reuters]

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5th Jan 16: Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints near the Libyan oil port of Es Sider for a second day on Tuesday and an oil storage tank in the port was set on fire by a long-range rocket, a spokesman for the security guards said.

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UN envoy urges Libya to continue power-sharing talks.

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2nd Jan 16: The UN's envoy for Libya held talks in Tripoli on Friday, seeking to encourage the administration there to commit to a national unity government that would end years of bloodshed.

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EU Provides €6.6m for Libya [Libya Business News]

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1st Jan 16: The European Commission has finalised a new assistance package for Libya worth a total of €6.6 million. 

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UN support of Libyan government set to open door for potential UK airstrikes [Guardian]

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23rd Dec 15: UK-sponsored resolution, expected to be approved on Wednesday, will allow Libya to invite foreign countries in to fight Isis

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Libya sovereign fund assets must remain frozen, says one of two rival chairmen [Reuters]

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21st Dec 15: One of the would-be chairmen of Libya's $67 billion sovereign wealth fund said on Monday that it would be wrong to unfreeze the fund's assets following last week's agreement to form a national unity government.

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U.N. works to ensure Libya unity govt security [Al Arabiya}

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21st Dec 15: U.N. envoy Martin Kobler said on Sunday his team is in contact with security officials in Tripoli to ensure that Libya’s new unity government can operate safely from the capital.

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Libya conflict: Rival lawmakers sign deal in Morocco [BBC]

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18th Dec 15:

Libya's rival politicians have signed a UN-brokered deal to form a unity government in a nation split by more than four years of conflict.
UN envoy Martin Kobler described the deal as historic, saying Libya had "turned a page" in efforts to achieve reconciliation and stability.

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Rival Libyan parliament chiefs meet, reject U.N. peace deal [Reuters]

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16th Dec 15: he leaders of Libya's rival parliaments rejected a U.N. peace deal a day before moderates from both sides were due to sign it, highlighting the deep splits challenging international efforts to end the fighting.

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Powers back unity government in Libya to deter Islamic State [Reuters]

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14th Dec 15:

Global powers on Sunday backed the formation of a national unity government in Libya, pledging economic and security support to help stabilize the chaotic North African country where Islamic State militants have a foothold.

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Libya rivals meet in Tunis for UN-brokered talks [News24]

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11th Dec 15: Libya's rival parties met in Tunis on Thursday for talks on a disputed UN-brokered deal backed by the international community to set up a unity government in the conflict-ravaged country.

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Italy and US launch Libya peace push amid fears on Isis expansion [FT.com]

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8th Dec 15:

Italy and the US are launching one of the most aggressive diplomatic efforts yet to end the civil war in Libya amid mounting international concern at the growing strength of jihadi group Isis in the North African country.

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U.N. calls for rapid Libya accord after lawmakers propose rival deal [Reuters]

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8th Dec 15: The United Nations urged Libyan lawmakers who signed a separate peace proposal to back a U.N.-sponsored deal between the country's warring factions, saying remaining differences could be worked out after the accord.

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GNC approves Tunis agreement says Abdul Saddeq amid growing HoR opposition [Libya Herald]

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7th Dec 15: The agreement signed in Tunis last night by delegations from the General National Congress (GNC) and the House of Representatives (HoR) has the “complete approval” of GNC president Nuri Abu Sahmain, his deputy Awad Abdul Saddeq told the Libya Herald.

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