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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.

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Libyan parliament rivals hold first UN-backed talks

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30th Sep 14: Representatives from rival factions in Libya's new parliament have held UN-brokered talks for the first time in the western oasis town of Ghadames.

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Libya's parliament to open dialogue with members from opposing city (Reuters)

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28th Sep 14: Libya's elected parliament will hold its first talks on Monday with members from an opposing city linked to a rival assembly, lawmakers said, starting a badly needed dialogue as the oil-producing country teeters on the edge of collapse.

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Libya Appeals for International Help to Fight Terror Groups

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28th Sep 14: NEW YORK—Libya's foreign minister warned Saturday the situation in his country could spiral further out of control without international sanctions against political spoilers and quick support to equip and rebuild the army.

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States at U.N. say ready to help Libya combat Islamist militants (Reuters)

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25th Sep 14: A group of mainly Western and Arab states expressed readiness on Thursday to help Libya’s government combat a growing presence of Islamic militant groups in the North African country.

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Joint Communique on Libya

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24th Sep 14: The governments of Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union and United Nations issued a Joint Communique on Libya.

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Libya: Assassinations may be crimes against humanity

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24th Sep 14: An assassination spree between September 18 and 20, 2014, left at least 14 people dead in some of the bloodiest days this year in the eastern city of Benghazi. The dead included two young activists, members of the security forces, an outspoken cleric, and five other civilians.

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UAE foreign minister joins calls for Libya ceasefire

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24th Sep 14: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and other foreign ministers from across the globe have condemned  on-going violence in Libya calling for an immediate ceasefire.

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UN says Libya dialogue to start Monday [World Bulletin]

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22nd Sep 14:

The U.N. mission in Libya has invited parties to the conflict in the war-torn country to meet on Monday for an initial round of political dialogue to look into means of ending the political turmoil gripping the country since the downfall of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi three years ago.

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Fighting close to Libyan oilfield and refinery as rival 'oil minister' appears [Reuters]

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21st Sep 14:

Soldiers and police have clashed in the last few days near Libya's biggest El Sharara oilfield in the south, while separate fighting erupted in the west not far from the Zawiya refinery, residents and medics said.

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Report: Qatar arming Islamist extremists [Al Arabiya]

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20th Sep 14: Qatar is supplying Islamist coalition Libya Dawn with weapons, British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported, amid rising concerns over the Gulf state’s dealings with other Islamist groups in the region.

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Libya isn’t too big to fail, but it mustn’t be allowed to [The National]

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18th Sep 14:

Eighty-three years ago, Libyans were remembering the ultimate sacrifice made by Omar Mukhtar.

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Libya MPs reject Cabinet lineup, want crisis team

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18th Sep 14: Libya's parliament rejected Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's proposed 18-member cabinet Thursday, calling for a slimline "crisis" team of not more than 10 ministers, a deputy said.

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Madrid: Military intervention not the way forward for Libya

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18th Sep 14:

As Madrid conference supports HoR's legitimacy and rejects the idea of military intervention, Thani told to form government by Saturday after delegates reject proposal. 

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Another mystery jet bombs Libya Dawn positions

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16th Sep 14: An unidentified military jet launched an air strike on Monday against a military base in western Libya held by anti-government militias, Libyan media reported

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Libya remains volatile: UN Mission

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15th Sep 14: Three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime, Libyan people find themselves nowhere closer to realising their hopes and aspirations for a better future.  That was among the sobering remarks delivered to the UN Security Council by the new head of the UN Mission to that country.

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Libya Tobruk-based parliament fires central bank chief, threatens grand mufti

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15th Sep 14: Libya’s House of Representatives confirmed on Sunday that it has dismissed the head of Libya’s Central Bank, al-Sadiq al-Kabir.

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“No negotiations” with Libya Dawn says Thinni, threatens to break relations with Sudan and Qatar

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14th Sep 14: The Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has ruled out any negotiations with Libya Dawn accusing it of murder, theft and destruction. In an interview with Sky News Arabia TV, he said it was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood which represented no more than five percent of the Libya people.

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French Defense Chief Urges Global Action in Libya [AP]

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9th Sep 14:

France's defense minister says he is seeking support from European counterparts for joint action in Libya to stem violence and uproot terrorists who have established a foothold there.

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Libyan Militias Accused Of Committing War Crimes [Huffington Post]

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8th Sep 14:

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Monday accused warring militias in Libya of committing violations that amount to war crimes during a battle the past month for control over the capital's airport.

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Libya accuses Khartoum of flying weapons to Islamist rebels in Tripoli [The Guardian]

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7th Sep 14:

Libya has expelled the Sudanese military attache after accusing Khartoum of flying weapons to Islamist rebels in Tripoli, raising fears of a widening regional conflict.

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Libya's Haftar to launch Tripoli operation 'soon' [World Bulletin]

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6th Sep 14:

Forces loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar are set to launch a military operation in Tripoli within days to purge the city from militant groups, his spokesman said.

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Email leak suggests long-term Egyptian role in Libya crisis [Middle East Eye]

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5th Sep 14:

Leaked email correspondence between Libyan and Egyptian officials reveal Egypt’s involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict, and suggests Egyptian support for General Khalifa Haftar in his fight against militant groups and Islamists.

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GNC considers withdrawing ambassadors from Egypt and UAE [Middle East Monitor]

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5th Sep 14:

The foreign affairs committee of the General National Congress (GNC), Libya's former interim government which reconvened at the end of August, submitted a draft decision to the chairman on Thursday regarding the withdrawal of Libya's ambassadors from Cairo and Abu Dhabi, news agency Anadolu reported, citing unnamed sources.

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Reports of missing Libyan planes raise 9/11 terror fears [USA Today]

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4th Sep 14:

Reports that eleven commercial jetliners are missing from the main airport in Libya's capital of Tripoli are raising fears that militants could use them in terrorist attacks to mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11 next week.

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Helicopters bomb Islamist ammunition sites in Libya's Benghazi [Reuters]

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4th Sep 14:

(Reuters) - Government forces and helicopters belonging to a Libyan renegade general bombed ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, a military commander and residents said.

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UK envoy visits Libya to back elected parliament against rivals [dailystar.com.lb]

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2nd Sep 14:

BENGHAZI: A British envoy visited Libya's parliament at its new seat in the eastern town of Tobruk Tuesday in a show of support against a rival assembly set up by armed groups who seized the capital Tripoli last month.

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Libya's central bank warns warring sides to leave it out of conflict [Reuters]

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2nd Sep 14:

BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Libya's central bank on Tuesday warned all parties involved in the conflict gripping the country to leave the institution alone as its violation could prompt the international community to freeze Libya's foreign assets again.

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Libya PM reappointed amid Tripoli chaos [Al Arabiya]

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1st Sep 14:

Libya's parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Monday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy.

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Tripoli residents face dilemma after Libya Dawn take control of capital [The Guardian]

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1st Sep 14:

Locals say their homes could be robbed if they leave, and if they stay they risk being rounded up by Islamist militias.

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Heavy fighting continues in Libya's Tripoli [Global Post]

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31st Aug 14:

Fierce clashes continued in western Tripoli on Sunday as Islamist fighters launched assaults on local militiamen, according to witnesses.

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Libya militia claims to shoot down pro-Haftar plane [Middle East Eye]

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29th Aug 14:

A Libyan militia says it shot down a warplane on Friday run by forces loyal to rogue general Khalifa Haftar, a claim that his representatives have swiftly dismissed.

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World briefing: war in Libya [The Guardian]

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29th Aug 14:

In the three years since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by Libyan rebels and Nato airstrikes, fighting between militia has plunged the country into civil war and seen Tripoli fall to Islamists. The involvement of Qatar, Egypt and the UAE risks a wider regional war...

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Libya Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni resigns [BBC News]

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29th Aug 14:

Abdullah al-Thinni has stepped down as Libya's prime minister in a move to end the power struggle in the country.

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Libya ambassador warns of looming civil war [Al Jazeera]

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28th Aug 14:

Warning comes as UN Security Council adopts resolution to tighten arms embargo and place travel bans on militia leaders.

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France says Libya needs 'exceptional' U.N. support [Reuters]

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28th Aug 14:

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on the United Nations to organize "exceptional" support for Libyan authorities to restore order there because there was a risk the country could fall into chaos.

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Libya ministers resign over militia fighting [Daily Star Lebanon]

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27th Aug 14:

CAIRO: The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.

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Here are the key players fighting the war for Libya, all over again [The Washington Post]

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27th Aug 14:

While much of the world's attention has been focused on crises further east, the situation in Libya in the past few weeks has dissolved into the worst chaos since the 2011 war that ousted Moammar Gaddafi. With reports that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are now getting involved, the conflict has turned into something of a proxy war for the Middle East's big powers.

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Libya will ask UN Security Council to help restore order: Foreign Minister [Libya Herald]

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27th Aug 14:

Libya will ask the UN Security Council to complete its mission and extend support to the ongoing efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability in the country, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdulaziz has said.

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UAE launches secret bombing raids against Libyan militias [The Guardian]

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26th Aug 14:

The United Arab Emirates has secretly sent warplanes on bombing raids against Islamist militias in Libya over the past week, using bases in Egypt, US officials have said.

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Libya's ex-parliament names new pro-Islamist PM [Daily Star Lebanon]

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25th Aug 14:

TRIPOLI: The former Libyan parliament replaced in national elections in June reconvened Monday to elect an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, challenging the authority of the turbulent country's new legislature.

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Libyan capital under Islamist control after Tripoli airport seized [The Guardian]

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25th Aug 14:

Libya has lurched ever closer to fragmentation and civil war this weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, Tripoli, proclaimed their own government, and presented the world with yet another crisis.

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Libya crisis: Tensions rise as Tripoli airport seized [BBC News]

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24th Aug 14:

An armed militia alliance in Libya has captured Tripoli's international airport after a battle lasting nearly a month.

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Libyan Capital Witnesses More Airstrikes By Unknown Planes, Killing 15 And Injuring 20 [International Business Times]

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23rd Aug 14:

Two airstrikes in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, killed 15 fighters and injured 20 more people, reports said Saturday, citing an official from the Islamist-allied Misrata militia.

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Renegade Libyan general's forces claim retaking bases from Islamists [Europe Online]

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21st Aug 14: Cairo (dpa) - Troops loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar, backed by some government forces, have recaptured bases from a coalition of Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi, a commander said Thursday.

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Libya's De Facto Oil Minister Replaced [NASDAQ]

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20th Aug 14:

Libya's deputy oil minister, who was acting as the country's most senior oil official, has been replaced by the head of the National Oil Company, according to officials Wednesday.

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Libya's $60bn fund recruits World Bank exec to restore calm [The Telegraph]

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19th Aug 14:

Libya's $60bn sovereign wealth fund is close to appointing a senior executive at the World Bank in an attempt to restore the financial credibility of the crisis-hit African state, The Telegraph can reveal.

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Libya shuts 2 TV stations taken over by Islamists [The Daily Star Lebanon]

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19th Aug 14:

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said Tuesday.

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Unidentified war planes, explosions heard in Libyan capital [Reuters]

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18th Aug 14:

Unidentified war planes flew over the Libyan capital Tripoli early on Monday and explosions could be heard, residents said.

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U.N. envoy plans Libya trip soon to negotiate ceasefire [Reuters]

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15th Aug 14:

TRIPOLI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - - The new U.N. special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a ceasefire between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battlefield, his office said.

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Libya's pleas for international help go unanswered [Deutsche Welle]

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15th Aug 14:

Politicians in restless Libya have called on the United Nations to take measures to protect civilians. How this could be done, however, remains unclear. The international community's options are limited.

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Five Western nations issue joint statement condemning Libya violence [Libya Herald]

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14th Aug 14:

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States have again issued a joint statement calling for immediate ceasefire and for political dialogue, saying they reiterate what the international community, the Libyan government and the House of Representatives have all recently expressed.

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Libya crisis: Parliament votes for foreign intervention [BBC News]

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13th Aug 14:

Libya's parliament has called for foreign intervention to protect civilians from deadly clashes between rival militia groups.

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Libya crisis: Head of Tripoli police 'assassinated' [BBC News]

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13th Aug 14:

The head of police in the Libyan capital Tripoli has been killed by unknown gunmen.

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Libya Parliament Agrees Direct Presidential Election [Reuters]

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12th Aug 14:

BENGHAZI - Libya’s new parliament agreed on Tuesday that the next president would be elected by a popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between two armed factions.

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OMV says producing again in Libya [Reuters]

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12th Aug 14:

VIENNA  - Austrian oil and gas group OMV has begun producing oil again in Libya and is shipping its first supplies out of the country, Chief Executive Gerhard Roiss said today (Tuesday).

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Head of Libya's army: 'no control' over government-funded rebels [Middle East Eye]

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11th Aug 14:

Libya’s Army Chief of Staff, Jad Allah al-Obeidi, has said that he has “no control” over government-funded rebel groups, as violence between the armed forces and militia groups continues to escalate.

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Heavy shelling resumes in Libyan capital Tripoli [Daily Star Lebanon]

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10th Aug 14:

TRIPOLI: Heavy shelling resumed in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday after three days of relative calm following more than a month of street fighting between rival armed factions battling for control of the city's airport.

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Libya militia clashes spread beyond Tripoli towards Zawiya oil port [Reuters]

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8th Aug 14:

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Clashes in Libya spread from Tripoli to the western town of Zawiya near Tunisia's border, where a large oil port is located, killing four people over the last two days, local town council officials said on Thursday.

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Libya Calls for UN-Supervised Ceasefire [AP]

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7th Aug 14:

The newly inaugurated Libyan parliament has threatened to act against warring militias who don't abide by its call for an immediate cease-fire, which it says will be supervised by the United Nations.

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Operation Dignity confirms support for House of Representatives [Libya Herald]

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7th Aug 14:

Operation Dignity has confirmed its support for the House of Representatives which met for the first time in Tobruk on Monday.

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HMS Enterprise makes 2nd trip to evacuate British nationals from Libya [Libya Herald]

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6th Aug 14:

The HMS Enterprise, the British Royal Navy survey vessel, has evacuated another 93 individuals from Libya.  The ship carrying mostly Brits, as well as Irish, Danes and Norwegians, arrived in Malta on Wednesday morning.

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Libya's new parliament calls for unity as rival militias clash [Reuters]

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5th Aug 14:

(Reuters) - Libya's new parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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Tripoli Fighting Death Toll Rises by 22 as Libya Crisis Deepens [Bloomberg]

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3rd Aug 14:

Fighting around Tripoli’s international airport claimed an additional 22 lives, Libya’s government said today, warning of a humanitarian crisis as militia feuds plunge the oil producer deeper into chaos.

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Heavy shelling, clashes spread in Libya's Tripoli [Reuters]

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31st Jul 14:

(Reuters) - Clashes with artillery and rockets spread on Thursday into two Tripoli districts, where rival militia brigades were battling over the airport in Libya's worst fighting since the 2011 revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

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What is going on in Libya? [Al Jazeera]

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31st Jul 14:

The clashes currently under way in Tripoli and Benghazi have been interpreted by some as merely a battle between Islamists and secularists. In reality, the violence is indicative of a deeper political struggle comprising tribal rivalries, competition for gains from illegal human and goods trafficking, and local power plays.

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France evacuates French and British nationals in Libya as fighting intensifies [Independent]

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30th Jul 14:

The French government has evacuated both French and British nationals from the Libyan capital Tripoli, as the fighting between government forces and anti-government militia intensifies.

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