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Aug 15, 2014

U.N. envoy plans Libya trip soon to negotiate ceasefire

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – - The new U.N. special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a ceasefire between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battlefield, his office said.

Bernardino Leon aims to end fighting between brigades from Misrata and fighters allied to the western town of Zintan, whose rivalries erupted a month ago into the worst clashes since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 14, 2014

Libya sees Es Sider oil export restart in ‘a few days’

By Patrick Markey

(Reuters) – Libya is set to resume oil exports from its largest port, Es Sider, in “a few days” after being closed for almost a year by protests, a National Oil Corporation (NOC) official said on Thursday.

Shipping from Es Sider would be a huge boost for OPEC producer Libya, where the government is facing clashes in Tripoli between two rival armed factions in the worst fighting since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 8, 2014

U.N. seeks Libya ceasefire talks; protesters oppose Congress

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A U.N. delegation held talks in Tripoli on Friday to try to broker a ceasefire between armed factions that have turned the Libyan capital and Benghazi into battlegrounds.

The violence has sharpened Libya’s political divisions, and on Friday several thousand people marched in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata, to protest against the newly elected parliament that Western countries hope will facilitate reconciliation.

Aug 8, 2014

U.N. delegation holds talks in Tripoli over militia ceasefire

TRIPOLI, Aug 8 (Reuters) – A U.N. delegation held talks in
Tripoli on Friday to try to broker a ceasefire between armed
factions that have turned the Libyan capital and Benghazi into
battlegrounds in the worst fighting since the fall of Muammar
Gaddafi.

Most Western governments followed the United States and the
United Nations in evacuating diplomats and shutting embassies
after three weeks of militia fighting over Tripoli airport that
have killed more than 200 people.

Aug 5, 2014

Libya’s new parliament calls for unity as rival militias clash

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Hours before parliament met in the eastern city of Tobruk, heavy artillery and rocket fire bombarded southern and western Tripoli, where Islamist-leaning Misrata brigades have fought for three weeks with rival militias allied with the town of Zintan.

Aug 4, 2014

Libya’s new parliament calls for unity, militia factions battle on

TRIPOLI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Libya’s newly elected parliament
called for national unity at its first formal session on Monday,
as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country
struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of
Muammar Gaddafi.

Even as the new House of Representatives met, heavy
artillery and rocket fire hit parts of southern and western
Tripoli, where Islamist-leaning Misrata brigades are fighting to
oust rival Zintani militias from the international airport.

Aug 4, 2014

Libya’s new parliament opens, militia factions battle on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s newly elected parliament held its first formal session on Monday as rival armed factions continued to battle for dominance of a country that was a dictatorship for decades before Muammar Gaddafi’s fall three years ago.

Lawmakers gathered in a heavily guarded hotel in the eastern city of Tobruk after three weeks of fighting in Tripoli and in Benghazi had made the capital and the country’s second city unsafe for the parliament session.

Aug 4, 2014

More than 20 killed as Libya factions fight to control airport

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s government said more than 20 people had been killed in the latest battles between factions seeking to control Tripoli airport on Sunday, while fighting led to a huge fire raging nearby at the city’s fuel depot.

Rival factions allied to brigades from the towns of Misrata and Zintan have been fighting for nearly three weeks over control of the capital’s airport in the worst violence since the 2011 NATO-backed civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 3, 2014

Libyan factions keep fighting over airport, more than 20 killed

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s government said 22 people had been killed in the latest battles between armed factions to control Tripoli airport, and fighting left a huge fire raging on Sunday at gas tanks at the city’s fuel depot.

The factions have been fighting for nearly three weeks to gain control of Tripoli airport in the worst violence since the 2011 civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 1, 2014

Insight – Town vs town, faction vs faction as Libya descends into ‘hurricane’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Booms of outgoing artillery shaking the ground, militia fighters from the remote Libyan mountain town of Zintan hunker down in the passenger terminal to defend Tripoli airport, the biggest prize in the capital.

Across the city a few kilometres away, a commander of a brigade from the port city of Misrata rallies his men to take the airport back.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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