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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.

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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Serraj proposes World Bank lead on new reconstruction fund [Libya Herald]

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4th Oct 17: The World Bank, in concert with outside governments and other institutions, should help set up a fund to pay for urgently-needed repairs to infrastructure, Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj has said.

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Libyan rivals aim for new power-sharing deal [AP}

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3rd Oct 17: Representatives from Libya's main rival power centers are welcoming proposals for a new power-sharing deal and political transition period that would end with elections in about a year.

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Serraj spells out reforms needed by Libyan healthcare system [Libya Herald]

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2nd Oct 17: The healthcare system in Libya has to be radically reformed and more money  put into it, Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj has said.

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US carries out airstrikes in Libya [The Telegraph]

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29th Sep 17: The US military has carried out more air strikes against the Islamic State group in Libya, killing several fighters, the US Africa Command said Thursday.

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East Libyan government issues retaliatory entry ban against U.S. citizens [Reuters]

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28th Sep 17: A government based in eastern Libya said on Wednesday it would bar entry to U.S. citizens after President Donald Trump’s administration included Libya in a new travel ban.

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How France Is Making Libya Worse [Foreign Affairs]

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21st Sep 17: On July 25, at peace talks in Paris convened by French President Emmanuel Macron, the leaders of Libya’s two main factions—Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the self-styled Libyan National Army, based near the eastern city of Benghazi—verbally agreed to a cease-fire and national elections, to be held “as soon as possible.” 

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Sanalla to defend Libyan production against further Opec push for cuts [Libya Herald]

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21st Sep 17: The head of the National Oil Corporation, Mustafa Sanalla, is expected to attend a meeting in Vienna on Friday between members of OPEC and other major oil producers outside the cartel to continue production cuts agreed last November beyond their scheduled expiry date of March 2018.

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Unveiling New Libya Plan, UN Sees Opportunity for Peace [Voice of America]

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21st Sep 17: The United Nations launched a road map on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.

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U.N. seeks to rally foreign backing for new Libyan peace plan [Reuters]

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19th Sep 17:

TUNIS (Reuters) - The United Nations is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising.

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Rival Libya govt seeks international recognition [Arab News]

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18th Sep 17: The head of Libya’s rival government in the east has called on the international community to recognize his administration which he says controls most of the North African country.

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Multiple Libya peace plans are a hindrance, UN envoy to say [The Guardian]

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12th Sep 17: Ghassan Salamé is due to tell conference convened by Boris Johnson that efforts to unite country are being hampered.

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Italian minister defends methods that led to 87% drop in migrants from Libya [The Guardian]

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7th Sep 17: Interior minister Marco Minniti went to Libya in an attempt to reduce migrant flows, earning praise and condemnation in equal measure for his approach.

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Libya Resumes Production At Largest Field Amid Rising Oil Prices [Oilprice.com]

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7th Sep 17: Libya’s largest oil field, Sharara, will resume production following a two-week halt, after a pipeline blockade ended yesterday. 

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Macron sending his foreign minister to chase up Serraj-Hafter Paris agreement

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1st Sep 17:

French president Emmanuel Macron is following up on the July meeting he brokered between Faiez Serraj and Khalifa Hafter in the French capital, by sending his foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Libya.

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French foreign minister to travel to Libya to push peace deal [Reuters]

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1st Sep 17: France’s foreign minister said on Thursday he would head to Libya “very soon” to push warring parties to support a peace roadmap tentatively agreed in Paris in July.

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African and European leaders agree action plan on migration crisis [Guardian]

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29th Aug 17: Leaders of seven nations seek to combat people-smugglers turning Mediterranean into ‘cemetery’.

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Boris Johnson says UK was 'over-optimistic' about Libya [BBC News]

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25th Aug 17:

The removal of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 has been a "tragedy so far" for the people of Libya, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.

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Boris Johnson meets eastern Libyan strongman in Benghazi [BBC]

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25th Aug 17: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the man who controls eastern Libya has pledged to give up military rule if he becomes the country's president.

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Britain sends £9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis [The Guardian]

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24th Aug 17: Boris Johnson has announced a £9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country.

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