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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.

Hundreds of migrants believed to have drowned off Libya after boat capsizes [The Guardian]

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15th Apr 15:

As many as 400 migrants fleeing Libya are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, survivors told an aid organisation.


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Islamic State militants claim attacks on embassies in Libya [The Guardian]

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13th Apr 15:

Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for two bomb attacks on embassies in Libya in the latest strikes against foreigners, embassies or oilfields in the country.

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Libya: political talks start in Algiers, Leon present [AnsaMed]

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13th Apr 15:  A meeting in Algiers between Libyan leaders and political activists sponsored by the UN mission in Libya is scheduled on Monday, according to a statement released by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The meeting is also attended by UN special envoy Bernardino Leon who is scheduled to discuss the situation of ongoing negotiations between the sides.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya [FCO]

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10th Apr 15: Peter Millett has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya.

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Libya's rival forces warn Thinni govt against independent oil sales [Reuters]

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8th Apr 15:

Libyan forces opposed to the country's internationally recognised government have warned it that any attempts to export oil independently would force them to take military action to seize oil ports and facilities.

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Libya's rival parliament sacks PM amid internal divisions: spokesman [Reuters]

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1st Apr 15: Libya's squabbling rival parliament sacked its prime minister on Tuesday in a move that the assembly's spokesman said might help break a stalemate in negotiations with the United Nations to form a unity government.

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Arab states must intervene in Libya exactly as in Yemen: Thinni [Libya Herald]

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31st Mar 15: The Prime Minister of Libya Abdullah Thinni, appointed by the elected House of Representatives, the only internationally recognized parliament in Libya, said that the Arab leaders took a bold decision in intervening for legitimacy and against terrorism in Yemen.

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Baroness Anelay on conclusion of UN Human Rights Council [FCO]

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30th Mar 15: The UN Human Rights Council concluded its 28th Session today with important resolutions on Syria, Iran, Libya, Burma, DPRK and freedom of religion or belief.

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Eni makes ‘significant’ gas, condensate find offshore Libya [Oil & Gas Journal]

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26th Mar 15: Eni SPA encountered gas and condensates in the Metlaoui formation of Eocene age while drilling the B1-16/4 well in the Bahr Essalam South exploration prospect of Contract Area D offshore Libya.

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U.N. tells backers of Libya's rival sides to pressure them for peace [Reuters]

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25th Mar 15: International backers of Libya's rival factions must pressure the warring groups to work out a political deal and help to choke off the supply of guns to the country, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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‘Legitimacy’ has risks for a Libyan unity government [FT.com]

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23rd Mar 15: Opposition to extremists is a prerequisite for inclusion in any negotiations, writes Dominic Asquith...

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Libya rivals fight for control of National Oil Corporation [Middle East Eye]

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23rd Mar 15:

The battle for Libya's oil wealth has taken on new dimensions as rival governments lay claim to the National Oil Corporation, further deepening divisions in the volatile North African nation.

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Council conclusions on Libya [EU News]

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18th Mar 15: The EU welcomes the resumption of the UN - facilitated political dialogue in Rabat and calls on all Libyan parties to participate constructively to ensure the rapid formation of a Government of National Unity able to take forward the democratic transition and restart the reconstruction of the country.

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Libya's El Feel, Wafa oil fields working normally despite power cuts [Arab News]

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13th Mar 15: Libya's El Feel and Wafa oil fields are working normally despite power problems, state-run National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on Thursday, as crude production in the west of the OPEC member country made a surprise comeback.

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Who wants what in Libya? [BBC]

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11th Mar 15: The BBC World Service's The Inquiry investigates the forces operating in Libya.

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U.N. delays approval of Libya request for weapons, jets: diplomats [Reuters]

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10th Mar 15: At least eight United Nations Security Council members delayed approval on Monday of a request by Libya to import weapons, tanks, jets and helicopters to take on Islamic State militants and monitor its borders, diplomats said.

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Libya says Isis killed 8 guards and kidnapped 9 foreigners from oilfield [The Guardian]

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9th Mar 15:

Militants from Libya’s Islamic State (Isis) affiliate abducted nine foreigners, including four Filipinos, in an attack on a central oilfield last week and beheaded eight Libyan guards, officials said on Monday.

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Libyan women vow to push on for 'irreversible empowerment' [Middle East Eye]

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8th Mar 15:

“When I saw what social media achieved in Egypt in 2011, I decided to use Facebook to start calling for a day of rage in Libya,” women’s rights activist and co-founder of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) Zahra Langhi says. “But now I regret calling for a day of rage. Now I think we should be calling for days and nights of compassion.” 

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Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields [Al Arabiya]

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5th Mar 15:

Libya's National Oil Co declared force majeure Wednesday at 11 oil fields after attacks by Islamists, a legal step protecting it from liability if it cannot fullfil contracts for reasons beyond its control.

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Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter [Reuters]

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5th Mar 15:

Libya has sought permission from the United Nations to import 150 tanks, two dozen fighter jets, seven attack helicopters, tens of thousands of assault rifles and grenade launchers and millions of rounds of ammunition from Ukraine, Serbia and Czech Republic.

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Libyan Oil Production Jumps Despite New Attacks on Fields [Wall Street Journal]

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4th Mar 15: Libyan oil production has jumped in recent days despite fresh attacks on fields and an air raid near a terminal, a top official said Tuesday.

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Dialogue between Libya's rival parliaments to resume [Middle East Eye]

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3rd Mar 15:

A national dialogue between Libya's warring parliaments will resume in Morocco on Thursday, according to Libyan politicians involved in the talks.

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Libya names anti-Islamist General Haftar as army chief [BBC]

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3rd Mar 15: A controversial anti-Islamist, General Khalifa Haftar, has been named head of the Libyan army.

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Italy to begin naval exercises off Libya [Reuters]

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1st Mar 15:

Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants.

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Report Urges Security Council to Help Libya Secure Territorial Waters [Tripoli Post]

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27th Feb 15:

The Libyan government needs help to prevent flow of weapons in and out of the country, says a new report which urges the Security Council to provide a maritime force to do the do the job.

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Libya: Getting Geneva Right [International Crisis Group]

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26th Feb 15: Libya’s deteriorating internal conflict may be nearing a dramatic turning point. Over six months of fighting between two parliaments, their respective governments and allied militias have led to the brink of all-out war.

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In Libya, will Misrata be the kingmaker? [Washington Post]

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25th Feb 15:

Four years after Libya’s revolution, two political-military coalitions are competing for power in Libya, which are often, yet inaccurately, described as two governments, two parliaments and two armies. Behind that seeming polarization lies a far messier reality. More than 200 armed groups from the western city of Misrata anchor the military power behind the western alliance in Tripoli. 

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Libyan PM criticises U.S., UK and EU for failing to supply weapons [Reuters]

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25th Feb 15: Libya's official Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Tuesday criticised the United States, Britain and European Union for failing to supply arms to his forces as they battle those of a rival government.

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Libya's internationally recognized parliament suspends UN-mediated talks [dw.de]

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24th Feb 15:

The Libyan parliament in Tobruk has cancelled talks with rival factions. The country has two opposing governments and parliaments who are embroiled in a bitter power struggle.

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Libyan government to exclude Turkish firms from contracts [Reuters]

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24th Feb 15:

Libya's internationally recognized government has said it will end all contracts with companies from Turkey, a country it has accused of supporting a rival administration.

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Libya violence: Islamic State attack 'kills 40' in al-Qubbah [BBC]

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20th Feb 15: A bombing by suspected Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya has killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens in the eastern town of al-Qubbah.

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Libya urges end to arms embargo [The Independent]

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20th Feb 15: The country's Western-backed leaders say they are desperate to fight 'rampant terrorism' from Isis but international governments, including Britain's, don’t believe military action can solve the country's problems.

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Qatar recalls ambassador from Egypt in dispute over Libya strikes [Reuters]

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19th Feb 15:

Qatar has recalled its ambassador to Egypt, the state news agency QNA said late on Wednesday, in a dispute over Egyptian air strikes on Islamic State targets in Libya.

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