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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.

After six years in jail, Gaddafi's son Saif plots return to Libya's turbulent politics [The Guardian]

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6th Dec 17:

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator, is seeking to make a comeback after years in detention, and claims to be leading a military campaign against terrorist groups around Tripoli.

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Libyan-British oil industry cooperation conference proposed [Libya Herald]

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6th Dec 17:

UK ambassador Peter Millett has suggested to NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla that a conference be held next year in Aberdeen to assess ways in which British and Libyan oil sector companies could cooperate to maintain and improve Libya’s oil production and facilities.

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Libyan elections will be held in 2018 only if conditions are right: Salame [Libya Herald]

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4th Dec 17: Libya Herald’s Sami Zaptia was invited by the organisers of the Rome 2017 Mediterranean Dialogues (29 November to 2 December) to interview in front of a live audience Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN (SRSG) and UNSMIL head Ghassan Salame. 

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Water trickles back but week-long water stoppage has affected millions [Libya Herald]

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4th Dec 17: It is reported that water is slowly returning to Tripoli after the Man-Made River authority said that valves on the system had been reopened and the Hasawanah reservoir was refilling.

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Blackwater founder pitches plan to quell Libya migrant crisis with private police [The Guardian]

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30th Nov 17:

Erik Prince, the founder of the private military contractor Blackwater, is pushing a plan to intervene in the migrant crisis in Libya with a proposal involving a privately-trained police force that would mirror his company’s work in Afghanistan.

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Voluntary evacuation planned for migrants in Libya detention camps [Guardian]

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30th Nov 17: A plan for a voluntary evacuation of migrants in Libya government-controlled detention camps lies at the heart of an emergency migration plan for Africa.

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Benghazi investment and reconstruction conference calls for less state dependency [Libya Herald]

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28th Nov 17:

The ”Investment and its role in the reconstruction of Benghazi” conference called for less dependence on the state and more joint private sector (PPP) projects on its opening day.

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UN to discuss tougher response to Libya slave auctions [News 24]

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28th Nov 17: The UN Security Council must take stronger measures, possibly including sanctions, to put a stop to slave auctions in Libya, the French ambassador said on Monday.

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'Where is the world?': Libya responds to outrage over slave auctions [CNN]

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23rd Nov 17:

Libyan officials have denounced the migrant slave auctions exposed in a CNN investigation, but claim more support is required from the global community to tackle the issue.

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UN hails Tobruk’s acceptance of reformulated Libya deal [aa.com]

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22nd Nov 17:

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday welcomed a decision by Libya’s Tobruk-based parliament to accept proposed amendments to a landmark political agreement signed in late 2015.

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Waha to rebuild storage tanks and pipelines, plans “alternative” payment schemes [Libya Herald]

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21st Nov 17:

Waha Oil is looking to replace large sections of its pipelines suffering from corrosion as well as the 12 oil tanks destroyed in 2014 at its terminal in Sidra. However, it lacks the finance to pay for them. As a result, according to Waha chairman Ahmed Ammar, it is looking to alternative means of payment.

Speaking to a business conference in Tunis today organised by the Libyan British Business Council and the British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB), Ammar did not explain what the alternative payment systems might be, whether by oil barter, deferred higher payments or any other means.

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Libya deal on unity government within reach, UN envoy says [The National]

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17th Nov 17:

UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, expressed optimism about the trajectory of the political negotiations in the six-year-old conflict, seeing a deal on a unity government within reach.

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NOC to open Houston purchasing office to support US$ 20 bn spending programme [Libya Herald]

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16th Nov 17:

Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanalla announced in the US yesterday that his corporation will open an office in Houston, Texas, as part of its ambitious US$20 billion spending programme to restore the country’s production capacity over the next three years.

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In Tripoli, Libyan Civil Society Organizations Receive Training on Conflict Resolution, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation [Reliefweb]

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12th Nov 17:  With the aim of enhancing civil society organizations (CSOs)’ capacities to engage in reconciliation efforts in Libya, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, organized a two-day training from 07 to 08 November in Tripoli, to equip CSOs with practical tools of conflict resolution, reconciliation and transitional justice.

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Libyan dinar plunges further in value, breaking LD 9 to the dollar mark [Libya Herald]

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6th Nov 17: The Libyan dinar lost further value on the black market today, breaking the LD 9 to the US dollar mark. It has been hovering between LD 8 to 8.99 for most of the last three months.

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British embassy returning to Tripoli [Libya Herald]

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6th Nov 17: The British have said that they are reopening an embassy in Tripoli after quitting Libya along with most other foreign diplomats in the violence that followed the Libya Dawn takeover of the capital in 2014.

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Libya's NOC hopes for output from new Bahr al-Salam gas wells in May 2018 [Reuters]

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27th Oct 17: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Thursday that it hoped the first of 11 gas wells being developed in its Bahr al-Salam offshore field would start producing by May 2018.

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Libyan oil output nearing ceiling say leading oil analysts [Libya Herald]

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24th Oct 17: However hard it tries, the National Oil Corporation is unlikely push Libyan oil production beyond its year-end target of 1.25 million bpd says a study from leading international oil firm Wood Mackenzie.

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Qaddafi family lawyer says Saif Al-Islam has begun political campaign, vows to sue Qatar [Libya Herald]

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18th Oct 17:

The Qaddafi family lawyer has said that Saif Al-Islam is planning a political comeback and is moving around Libya and in touch with various tribes about the next steps forward.

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Day Two of Joint Drafting Committee “positive and collaborative”: UNSMIL [Libya Herald]

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15th Oct 17: The selection of a smaller Presidency Council (PC) along with a prime minister was the core focus of today’s discussions in Tunis by Libyan politicians.

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Libya's NOC moves to shield oil output from budget, security risks [Reuters]

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12th Oct 17: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) is mobilizing key stakeholders to protect its output, which it said has been curtailed by it only receiving 25 percent of its 2017 budget.

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