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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.

Islamic State militants in Libya 'seize Sirte airport' [BBC]

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29th May 15: Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.

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Libyan Prime Minister survives assassination attempt [CNN]

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27th May 15: Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni survived an assassination attempt on Tuesday in the eastern city of Tobruk, according to the country's official news agency.

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INTERVIEW-Libya's Lisco keeps the steel mill rolling despite war [Reuters]

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20th May 15:

May 20 Libyan steelmaker Lisco is struggling to keep its mill rolling in a war zone, no easy feat when the power cuts off every night, shippers are reluctant to dock and foreign contractors are long gone.

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Libya state oil firm opens books to buyers to soothe payment fears [Reuters]

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18th May 15: Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) has opened its books to international oil firms and is meeting regularly with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to keep them on board with the current payment system for Libya's oil exports.

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Eastern Libyan state oil firm AGOCO produces 270,000 bpd - spokesman [Reuters]

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17th May 15:

BENGHAZI, Libya May 17 (Reuters) - Libyan state oil company AGOCO, which is active in the east of the OPEC member country, is producing about 270,000 barrels a day of crude, unchanged from a week ago, a company spokesman said on Sunday.

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HMS Bulwark rescues over 400 migrants [FCO UK]

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14th May 15: HMS Bulwark is conducting its largest tasking to date as part of the coordinated response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.

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UK reaffirms strong commitment to Libya and its people [FCO UK]

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12th May 15: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America reaffirm their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya, and to ensuring that Libyan economic, financial, and energy resources are used for the benefit of all Libyan people.

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EU draws up plans for military attacks on Libya targets to stop migrant boats [Guardian]

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11th May 15: The European Union has drawn up plans for military attacks in Libya to try to curb the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean by targeting the trafficking networks. 

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Why all eyes should be on Libya right now [Al Arabiya]

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5th May 15: The situation in Libya seems to be entering yet another new chapter. There appears to be movement by the international community, and specifically the United Nations, to actually recognize the legitimacy of the Tobruk House of Representatives (HoR) boosted by personnel changes and shifting alliances amongst the extremists in Tripoli. 

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Libya's $1.2bn Goldman lawsuit hangs in balance after lawyers quit [Telegraph]

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30th Apr 15: Enyo Law steps down from Libyan Investment Authority's London lawsuits against Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale.

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Envoy: UN Wants Libya Political Agreement by Ramadan [ABC News]

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30th Apr 15: The United Nations envoy on Libya said Wednesday the Security Council wants to see a political agreement on Libya before Ramadan, which begins in the middle of June, but he says he cannot be optimistic amid the country's chaos.

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Tunisia to permit flights to Libya [Libya Herald]

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26th Apr 15: Tunisia has decided to allow flights to resume to Libya, according to the pro-HoR, Beida-based offices of the Libyan news agency LANA. 

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UN Resolutions on Libya 2213 and 2214 of 2015 [Clyde & Co]

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22nd Apr 15: The UN Security Council has again, by unanimous vote, decided to follow up on the Resolutions passed in the summer of 2014 and has unanimously passed two further Resolutions on Libya.

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Islamic State murders 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya [Telegraph]

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19th Apr 15:

A video purportedly made by Islamic State appears to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

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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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