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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's $60bn sovereign wealth fund chairman removed [The Telegraph]

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31st Oct 14:

Libya's $60bn sovereign wealth fund has suddenly replaced its chairman amid a fierce power struggle for control between the official elected government and Islamists who have seized control of the capital Tripoli.

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World turning blind eye to chaos in Libya, Amnesty charges [The Telegraph]

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30th Oct 14:

The full chaos engulfing Libya since the fall of Col Gaddafi is exposed by a new Amnesty International report which accuses the world of “turning a blind eye” to potential war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Civil Aviation Authority looks to reopen Benghazi airport [Libya Herald]

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29th Oct 14:

The Libyan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has been ordered to Beida to be under the closer authority of the Libyan government, is reported be looking to reopen Benina International Airport in Benghazi within three to five weeks.

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Ten people killed in fresh fighting in Libya's Benghazi [Reuters]

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29th Oct 14: At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when rockets struck several residential districts of Libya's Benghazi city as the army fought with Islamist militias, medics said.

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UN envoy: Libya close to point of no return [AlJazeera]

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28th Oct 14:

Factional warfare in Libya is pushing it "very close to the point of no return", the UN special envoy to the country has said as efforts to bring about a ceasefire and political dialogue bear little progress.

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Libya PM accepts Sudan plan for peace talks [Middle East Eye]

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28th Oct 14:

Sudan said on Tuesday that Libya's Tobruk-based premier has accepted its proposal to bring together different groups in his strife-torn North African nation for talks on ending the conflict.

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Libya's parliament speaker, UN envoy hold talks on national dialogue [KUNA]

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27th Oct 14: Libyan Parliament Speaker Ageila Saleh Eissa here Monday met with visiting United Nation Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon and the delegation accompanying him.

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More heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi, death toll rises to 130 [Reuters]

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27th Oct 14:

(Reuters) - Heavy fighting flared on Sunday between Libya's army and Islamist militias apparently trying retake one of their largest camps in the eastern city of Benghazi, military officials said.

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Benghazi suburb evacuated amid fierce battles for control of Libya's second city

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26th Oct 14: Benghazi residents were evacuated as army announced near total control of the city and militia groups denied reports of army success 

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Benghazi battle not over yet [Magharebia]

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25th Oct 14:

At least 29 people were killed in Benghazi clashes on Thursday (October 23rd), AFP reported, bringing the death toll to 149 in the last week.

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Libya Orders 'Civil Disobedience' In Capital [Sky News]

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22nd Oct 14:

Libya's internationally recognised government has called for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces can retake the capital from militias.

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Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor [Reuters]

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22nd Oct 14:

(Reuters) - Libya's self-declared prime minister, who runs a rival government not recognized by the international community, met a Turkish envoy on Tuesday, in the first publicly known diplomatic meeting with a foreign representative.

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Libya's government says forces will retake capital [AhramOnline]

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21st Oct 14:

Libya's internationally recognized government said on Tuesday that its forces are getting ready to retake the capital, after Islamist-allied militias from the western city of Misrata took over Tripoli in August.

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Libya's parliament allies with renegade general, struggling to assert authority [Reuters]

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20th Oct 14:

BENGHAZI, Libya Oct 20 (Reuters) - Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war.

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US and European allies call for calm in Libya [AlJazeera]

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19th Oct 14:

The United States and four European countries have called for an end to violence in Libya.

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Egypt Warplanes Bombing Islamist Militias In Libya: Officials [AP]

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15th Oct 14:

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian warplanes are bombing positions held by Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi as part of a large-scale operation to rid the city of militants who have held sway there for months, two Egyptian government officials said on Wednesday.

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Haftar forces declare new war on extremists in Benghazi [Middle East Online]

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15th Oct 14:

BENGHAZI - Forces loyal to a prominent former general in Libya launched a new bid Wednesday to recapture the second city Benghazi from Islamist fighters vying for power in the violence-plagued state.

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Group that seized Tripoli takes Libyan government, oil company websites [Reuters]

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14th Oct 14:

CAIRO Oct 14 (Reuters) - A self-declared Libyan government set up by an armed group that seized the capital in August has taken over the websites of the state administration and the national oil company, adding to confusion over who is running the country.

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Who's Running This Joint, Anyway? [Foreign Policy]

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14th Oct 14:

TRIPOLI, Libya — In a luxury hotel on Tripoli's seafront, the man who claims to be running a government holds court. Omar al-Hasi, a university lecturer from the city of Benghazi, tried and failed this year to become Libya's prime minister. Today he leads what he calls a "national salvation government" in opposition to that of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, who is currently based in eastern Libya. "We have won," he says. "Most of Libya is under our control."

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Kerry to meet Libyan FM in Paris

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14th Oct 14: US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold surprise talks in Paris with his Libyan counterpart on Tuesday amid growing international concern over the turmoil flourishing in the North African nation.

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Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Libya, urges dialogue [Reuters]

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12th Oct 14:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon flew to Tripoli on Saturday to urge the warring factions fighting for control of Libya to make peace, in the highest-level visit since an armed faction took the capital in August.

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Over 100,000 people displaced in Libya over the past three weeks [UNHCR]

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10th Oct 14:

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 October 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Sisi responds as ISIS flags fly next door in Libya [al Arabiya]

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10th Oct 14:

When the U.S. secretary of state started recruiting Arab states to participate in the international coalition to fight ISIS, Egypt pledged its support but did not send any aircraft to participate in the American led coalition air strikes against ISIS forces as its allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Bahrain have done.

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EU High Foreign Policy Representative says Libya could be next to fall to extremism [Libya Herald]

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8th Oct 14:

The new European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs has said the EU must deal with Libya if it is not to be the next country to fall to extremism.

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Goldman Sachs ordered to pay Libyan legal costs

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8th Oct 14: Bank's withdrawn attempt to throw $1.2bn case out of court costs it hundreds of thousands in indemnity fees

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British headteacher David Bolam freed by militants in Libya

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5th Oct 14: Briton who headed Benghazi international school is reunited with family five months after being abducted while out shopping.

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Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi bombings and clashes

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2nd Oct 14: At least 29 Libyan soldiers have been killed in two car bombings and clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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Egypt offers military training to Libya

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1st Oct 14: Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbour.

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Algeria pushes for national dialogue in Libya

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1st Oct 14: ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria has found in the United States an unexpected ally supporting its stance against military intervention in Libya. Washington has also backed Algeria’s attempts to begin a national dialogue between Libyans, just as it did in Mali. Algeria sought the help of Tunisian Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi to push Libyan Islamists to participate in the dialogue set for sometime in October.

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UK Minister welcomes start of Libya peace talks.

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30th Sep 14: Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for North Africa, welcomes UN-led peace talks and underlines need for ceasefire and start of political dialogue in Libya

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Islamist-Allied Militias in Libya Reject UN Talks

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30th Sep 14: Islamist-allied militias in control of the Libyan capital on Tuesday rejected the United Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting instead that their rivals be disarmed.

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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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