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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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Migrant crisis: UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya [BBC]

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27th May 16: The UK is set to send a Royal Navy warship to the Mediterranean to help tackle arms smuggling in Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

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Migrant crisis: Libya intercepts boats carrying 850 people [BBCNews]

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23rd May 16: A spokesman said the migrants from various African countries - including 79 women, 11 of them pregnant - were found in seven inflatable boats near Sabratha, west of the capital Tripoli.

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Libya Requests EU Help Training Security Services [Wall Street Journal]

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23rd May 16: Libyan Prime Minister Faiez Serraj requested the help of the European Union in training the country’s security services, naval forces and coast guard, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said Sunday.

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Libya forces say pushing back Islamic State fighters [Reuters]

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19th May 16: Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government pushed Islamic State fighters back toward their stronghold of Sirte on Wednesday but lost more than 30 men, including seven killed in a car bombing, officials said.

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The Guardian view on Libya: a nation’s tragedy, a continent’s problem Editorial [The Guardian]

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18th May 16: Europe must not close its eyes to the fate of one of Africa’s best-resourced countries. The bloody chaos there could all too easily find its way to the continent’s shores.

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U.S. and allies ready to help arm Libyan forces against Islamic State [Washington Post]

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17th May 16: VIENNA — Diplomats from 25 countries and international organizations, including the United States, said Monday that they are considering arming and training the new unity government in Libya so it can fight the spread of terrorist groups in the country and counter the smuggling of migrants to Europe.

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Ministerial Meeting for Libya Joint Communique [EEAS]

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16th May 16: We welcome the presence of Prime Minister al-Sarraj and commend his leadership in guiding Libya’s institutions through seating the government in Tripoli, a turning point in the Libyan political process.

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Foreign ministers hold Vienna talks as Isis threat to Libya grows [The Guardian]

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16th May 16: Leading foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East are to meet in Vienna on Monday under the joint chairmanship of the US and Italy to discuss how to bolster support for the UN-backed Libyan government in the face of deepening splits in the country over political legitimacy, oil resources and Islamic State.

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West abandoned Libya after helping oust Gaddafi and now it must help fix the chaos, says new PM [The Telegraph]

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16th May 16: Libya's new prime minister has accused the West of abandoning the country after helping oust dictator Moammar Gaddafi and says it bears a responsibility for helping solve the resulting chaos, in an article for the Telegraph.

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Western Libyan forces prepare attack on Islamic State [Reuters]

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11th May 16:

Forces in western Libya are preparing to advance on the city of Sirte, seized by Islamic State last year, their spokesman said, pushing ahead with plans for a counter-attack after the Islamists made territorial gains in the last week.

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Libya's oil output slashed as export row rages [Reuters]

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9th May 16: May 9 Libya's crude oil output has fallen to a trickle amid a standoff over export rights that prevented trading giant Glencore from loading a tanker.

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Libya Premier Urges Lifting of Arms Embargo, Asset Freeze [ABC News]

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8th May 16: Libya's new prime minister called on the international community to help his country bolster its fight against terrorism on Sunday, urging the lifting an arms embargo and release of funds that remain frozen under U.N. sanctions.

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Libya output could fall within days if Hariga dispute continues: NOC Tripoli [Reuters]

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5th May 16:

Libya may be forced to slash oil production within days if a stand-off between eastern and western factions that has prevented loadings at the Marsa al-Hariga port continues, an official from state oil firm NOC in Tripoli told Reuters on Thursday.

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Black market dollar exchange rate passes LD 4 mark [Libya Herald]

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5th May 16:

The black market dollar exchange rate passed the LD 4-mark yesterday after remaining below LD 4 for weeks as a result of the optimism associated with the arrival of PM designate Faiez Serraj and his Presidential Council (PC)/Government of National Accord (GNA) to Tripoli on 30 March.

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Interview: Martin Kobler, the UN envoy trying to put Libya back together [Middle East Eye]

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5th May 16: The veteran German diplomat speaks about the challenge of uniting Libya and ending a civil war.

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Libya's east tests muscle with oil shipment, troop dispatches [Reuters]

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4th May 16: By defiantly attempting to export their own oil and dispatching troops towards the centre of the country, Libya's eastern factions may be gambling on force as they bid for a larger stake under a U.N.-backed unity government.

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Scores of Migrants Feared Dead in Shipwreck off Libya [Wall Street Journal]

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1st May 16:

More than 80 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck late last week close to the Libyan coast, an aid agency said, less than two weeks after hundreds of migrants are believed to have died on the perilous Libya-to-Italy route.

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Blacklisted oil tanker returns to Libya's Zawiya port [Reuters]

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1st May 16: A tanker that Libya's rival eastern government had been using to try to export oil in defiance of the Western-backed administration in Tripoli returned to the country on Saturday, after it was blacklisted by the United Nations, the state oil company said.

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Serraj takes over more Tripoli ministries [Libya Herald]

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24th Apr 16: The Transport Ministry in Tripoli’s Dahra area was today handed over to the Presidency Council (PC) led by prime minister-designate Faiez Serraj.

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Islamic State in retreat around east Libyan city: military [Reuters]

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21st Apr 16: Islamic State fighters retreated from long-held positions around the port city of Derna on Wednesday, military forces in eastern Libya said, as troops loyal to the government in the region pressed on with an offensive in Benghazi.

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Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya [The Guardian]

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20th Apr 16: Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months.

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Libya offered security help by European Union [The Guardian]

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19th Apr 16: The European Union has responded to a request for help from the fledgling UN-backed Libyan government by offering assistance with its security sector, managing migration, border management and police capacity building.

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No MPs vote on Libya troops mission says Hammond [The Telegraph]

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18th Apr 16: Britain is prepared to send troops to Libya to bolster the country against Islamic State without asking for Parliament’s permission, the Foreign Secretary has said.

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UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond makes surprise Libya visit [The Guardian]

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18th Apr 16: The British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, arrived on a surprise visit to Tripoli on Monday, officials said, in the latest foreign visit in support of Libya’s UN-backed unity government.

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New Libyan unity government says will start moving into ministries [Reuters]

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17th Apr 16: Libya's new U.N.-backed unity government has secured six ministry buildings in Tripoli and will take administrative control of some of them on Monday, a deputy prime minister has said, despite the volatile security situation.

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EU preparing to deploy security mission in Libya, if requested [Reuters]

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15th Apr 16:

The European Union is signalling that it will consider moving security personnel into Libya to help stabilise the chaotic country if requested by a new U.N.-backed Libyan government, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

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Foreign ambassadors return to Libya under new government [The Guardian]

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14th Apr 16:

France, Britain and Spain have sent ambassadors to Tripoli as the international community tries to show solidarity with the UN-brokered unity government for Libya.

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Italian minister in Libya for talks with unity government [The Local]

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12th Apr 16:

Italy's foreign minister visited Tripoli today (Tuesday) to bolster the unity government struggling to end Libya's chaos, in the first visit by a top Western official since 2014.

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Key countries back unity government in stabilising Libya [Business Standard]

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8th Apr 16:

Britain, France and Russia backed the new UN-brokered unity government in Libya and called for international support for its efforts to reunite and stabilise the deeply divided country.

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Libya government: Tripoli 'U-turn' over stepping aside [BBC News]

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7th Apr 16:

The head of a coalition ruling western Libya and the capital, Tripoli, appears to have reversed a decision to dismiss his administration.

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Libya's self-declared National Salvation government steps down [The Guardian]

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6th Apr 16:

One of Libya’s rival governments has resigned, a step that helps efforts by a new, UN-brokered unity government to assert itself in the capital Tripoli despite opposition from some local militias.

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Tunisia says Libya embassy to reopen to back unity govt [Mail Online]

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4th Apr 16: Tunisia on Monday announced the reopening of its embassy and consulate in the Libyan capital following the arrival there of a UN-backed unity government.

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Libya: EU sanctions hit three politicians opposed to new government [BBC]

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1st Apr 16: The EU has imposed sanctions on three prominent Libyan politicians opposed to the installation of a UN-backed government.

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Libya sanctions shift possible when unity government controls fund - UN [Reuters]

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1st Apr 16: The U.N. Security Council said on Thursday it was ready to consider changes to sanctions on Libya's sovereign wealth fund once a unity government confirms it has control of it, along with the National Oil Corporation and the central bank.

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UK Foreign Secretary's statement on Libya [FCO]

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1st Apr 16: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes arrival of Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and members of the Presidency Council to Tripoli.

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Libya's UN-backed unity government arrives in Tripoli [Al Jazeera]

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30th Mar 16: Members of Libya's UN-backed unity government arrived in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday, defying warnings by rival factions that it should not move there.  

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Libya unity government blames rival faction for Tripoli airspace closure [Reuters]

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29th Mar 16: Libya's UN-backed unity government has accused authorities in Tripoli of closing down the capital's airspace to prevent it from travelling from Tunisia to start work.

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