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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.

Libya peace talks gain in urgency after Isis attack on Tripoli hotel [The Guardian]

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29th Jan 15: UN officials in Geneva fear losing race against time to draw up peace plan before Isis gains a foothold in country

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Condemnations of Corinthia attack continue as arguments grow over culprits [Libya Herald]

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28th Jan 15:

Condemnation of yesterday’s deadly attack on Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel in which at least ten people are reported to have died have been made by the UN Security Council and numerous other countries.

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At least eight dead as gunmen storm hotel in Libyan capital [Reuters]

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27th Jan 15:

Two heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury Tripoli hotel favored by top Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least eight people including four foreigners before blowing themselves up, authorities said.

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Gunmen kill guards and take hostages at luxury hotel in Libyan capital [The Guardian]

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27th Jan 15: Gunmen have stormed a luxury hotel in Libya’s capital, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, authorities said.

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Libya producing 363,000 bpd of oil, says rival minister [Al Arabiya]

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26th Jan 15: Oil output from Libya, where ports and oilfields have been shut due to fighting, has fallen to 363,000 barrels a day with exports at about 200,000, the oil minister appointed by forces in control of the capital Tripoli told Reuters.

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Aerovista places four aircraft with Libyan airlines [LibyaBusiness.tv]

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19th Jan 15: Dubai-based aircraft charter and leasing specialist Aerovista has placed four aircraft with two Libyan carriers.

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Libyan army agrees partial ceasefire with militias [BBC]

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19th Jan 15: The Libyan army has declared a partial ceasefire, two days after some of the militias based in western Libya announced a unilateral truce.

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Libya parties agree to more talks; two groups announce ceasefire [Reuters]

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16th Jan 15: Libyan factions agreed to continue United Nations-backed negotiations in Geneva next week over ending the country's political crisis, the U.N. said.

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Libya GNC undecided on Geneva dialogue [World Bulletin]

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13th Jan 15:

Libya's General National Congress, whose mandate ended last year, said Monday that it had not decided whether or not to participate in a national dialogue session scheduled for next week in Geneva.

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Libya PM appeals for lifting of arms embargo in fight against militants [Khaleej Times]

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12th Jan 15: The head of Libya’s government has pleaded for more help from the international community, warning that the country could become a dangerous haven for militants on Europe’s doorstep. 

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Libya spirals downward as the West looks the other way [The Washington Post]

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12th Jan 15:

WHEN LIBYA’S attempt to construct a new, democratic political system faltered after 2012, the Obama administration and NATO allies who had intervened to support the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gaddafi could still rationalize that they had headed off the mass bloodshed and civil war that the Gaddafi regime threatened and that later overtook Syria.

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Hassi claims of UK military visit denied by British Ambassador [Libya Herald]

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9th Jan 15:

Claims by Omar Al-Hassi, the Libya-Dawn supported “prime minister” in Tripoli, that a British military delegation recently paid a three-day visit to the capital have been rubbished by the British Ambassador Michael Aron. “It’s not true,” he told the Libya Herald. “There has been no contact.” No UK military delegation had visited Tripoli, he said.


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U.N. envoy meets representatives of Libya factions: officials [Reuters]

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9th Jan 15: The United Nations envoy to Libya on Thursday held talks with factions in the country's conflict, including with a former army general carrying out a campaign against Islamist militants, Libyan officials said.

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UNSMIL “running out of time and ideas” – may give up on Libya [Libya Herald]

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8th Jan 15: UNSMIL chief Bernardino Leon has admitted that he is running out of ideas and Libya is running out of time to find a negotiated end to violence.  He has warned that the time may be approaching when “The international community will have to use more stick and less carrot”.

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Turkish Airlines stops Libya flights to Misrata [BBC]

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6th Jan 15: Turkish Airlines, the last foreign airline operating in Libya, has suspended flights to Misrata, the only city it was flying to in the country. 

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U.N.-brokered Libya dialogue delayed again: diplomatic sources [Today]

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5th Jan 15: A new round of U.N.-brokered peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis in Libya has been delayed once again and will not take place early this week as originally planned, diplomatic sources said on Sunday. 

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Libya extinguishes fire at biggest oil terminal [Reuters]

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2nd Jan 15: Libya has extinguished a fire at oil storage tanks at the country's biggest oil port, Es Sider, that had been raging for a week, officials said on Friday.

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Libya contracts U.S. firm to extinguish port storage tanks fire [Reuters]

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30th Dec 14: Libya's recognized government has contracted a U.S. firefighter firm to help extinguish fires at storage tanks at the Es Sider oil port, a spokesman said on Monday.

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Libya militants kill at least 22 soldiers in failed attempt to seize oil terminal [The Guardian]

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26th Dec 14: Fighters belonging to the Fajr Libya, or Libya Dawn, reportedly launched attack on al-Sidra port, firing rockets from speedboats.

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OPEC Oil Market Defense Eludes Libya as Production Drops [Bloomberg]

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22nd Dec 14: Fighting in Libya that’s pushed oil production below consumption in the holder of Africa’s largest reserves is a reminder that not all OPEC members are in a position to defend market share by maintaining output.

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Libya's official government aims to set up new payment system for oil buyers [Reuters]

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20th Dec 14:

Libya's internationally recognised government aims to set up a new payment system to receive oil revenues, bypassing the central bank based in Tripoli, the capital city that is no longer under its control, its top oil official said on Saturday.

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Haftar set to be Libya’s highest-ranking military official: minister [Asharq Al-Awsat]

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18th Dec 14: Cairo — Libya’s internationally recognized parliament is set to promote the leader of the Libyan National Army group, Khalifa Haftar, to the rank of full general within the next few days, making him the highest-ranking army officer in the North African country, Asharq Al-Awsat has learned.

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Libya's largest oil export port closed due to clashes: oil official [Reuters]

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15th Dec 14: Libya's eastern Es Sider oil export port, the country's biggest, has been shut due to fighting nearby between forces representing the country's competing governments, an oil official said on Sunday.

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Tunisia closes largest border point with Libya [Al Arabiya]

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15th Dec 14: Tunisia closed its largest border point with Libya at Ras Gdair on Sunday following heavy clashes between the forces of retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and the Dawn of Libya rebel forces.

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Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his forces were advancing on Tripoli from the west and would also seize the main border crossing to Tunisia. (Al Arabiya)

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11th Dec 14: Libya’s recognized government will continue a military campaign to claim back and liberate the capital Tripoli, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Wednesday.

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Libya peace talks may be doomed by meddling powers: U.S. [Reuters]

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9th Dec 14:

The United States has little faith in U.N.-backed peace talks in Libya because Middle Eastern countries are defying requests to end their war by proxy in the oil-rich North African nation, senior U.S. officials said.

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Rival central bank governors vie for control of Libya’s oil earnings [FT]

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8th Dec 14: The divisions opened up by Libya’s civil war have left it not only with two governments fighting for power but also with rival central bank governors — paving the way for a potential struggle over control of oil revenue and foreign currency reserves.

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Libya warehouse and factory hit in airstrikes [AlJazeera]

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2nd Dec 14:

Eight killed and 24 injured in Zwara with one side blaming former general Hifter's forces who say they were arms depots.

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Libya Interior Minister Meets With UAE Counterpart [ABC News]

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2nd Dec 14: The interior minister of Libya's internationally recognized government met Monday with his counterpart in the United Arab Emirates to seek continued support in its battle against Islamist-allied militias who control the capital, Tripoli.

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OPEC takes sides in Libyan crisis [Digital Journal]

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30th Nov 14:

Tripoli - Libya is a prominent member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC). At present, Libya has two competing governments. The internationally recognized government is in Tobruk and the other in Tripoli, the capital.

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Over 400 killed in past six weeks of fighting in Libya's Benghazi: medics [Reuters]

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30th Nov 14:

About 400 people have been killed in six weeks of heavy fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second-largest city Benghazi, medical staff said on Saturday.

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