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Nov 8, 2015

Libya’s Tripoli NOC sees full backing for oil company unity

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s oil partners and the international community fully back the unity of state-run National Oil Corporation, despite attempts by the recognized government in the east to set up a parallel oil payment system, the NOC chief in Tripoli said.

Four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the North African OPEC producer is caught in a conflict between its recognized government and a self-declared one controlling Tripoli, each backed by rival armed factions.

Nov 5, 2015

Tripoli faction seeks relaunch of Libya talks, says U.N. envoy biased

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s self-proclaimed government in Tripoli wants a relaunch of U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war because it says the outgoing U.N. envoy is biased in favor of an internationally recognized rival administration in the east.

The chief negotiator for the Tripoli-based government said United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon had demonstrated his bias by accepting a post in the United Arab Emirates, a country Tripoli sees as backing its rival.

Nov 5, 2015

For Libya U.N. deal, former rebel brigades mean success or failure

MISRATA, Libya, Nov 5 (Reuters) – In Misrata, a statue of a
fist crushing a U.S. fighter jet that rebels seized as war
bounty from Muammar Gaddafi’s compound stands testimony to the
city’s part in Libya’s 2011 revolution.

Four years after they helped defeat Gaddafi, Misrata’s armed
brigades are expected to play their part among the former rebel
forces, tribal fighters and other factions who will determine
whether a U.N. plan to end Libya’s crisis survives or fails.

Oct 30, 2015

EU mulls Libya sanctions over stalled U.N. peace deal

TRIPOLI/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Rival Libyan political leaders could face European asset freeze and travel sanctions if they are deemed to be deliberately blocking attempts to broker a settlement between the country’s warring factions, diplomats said on Friday.

After months of negotiations, the U.N. envoy has presented Libya’s rival factions with a proposed national unity government, but hardliners on both sides have resisted the power-sharing deal and talks have stalled.

Oct 28, 2015

Islamic State risk for Libya’s troubled oil sector

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When Islamic State militants attacked a perimeter gate guarding Libya’s Es Sider oil terminal this month, they sent gunmen to kill guards before attempting to detonate a car bomb in a bid to breach the port’s defenses.

The assault failed to get closer than a mile (1.6 km) from one of Libya’s major oil ports, but it signaled Islamic State’s intent to expand beyond their base in the city of Sirte and target the OPEC state’s oil infrastructure.

Oct 12, 2015

Bumpy road ahead for U.N.-proposed Libya peace deal

ALGIERS/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – After months of stalled negotiations, the United Nations has handed Libya’s warring factions a unity government proposal in what it calls a major step towards ending the crisis, but the applause of Western officials cannot disguise serious obstacles.

The proposal is just that, one hinging on the approval of both sides, and hardliners may treat a weak accord as a chance to drag Libya and its oil wealth deeper into war and division.

Sep 22, 2015

Ex-fighter’s calls for Algeria Islamist party stir ghosts of past

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A former Islamist guerrilla fighter’s plans to enter politics have fanned fears of instability in Algeria, more than two decades after the army halted an expected election victory by his allies and plunged the country into war.

The debate over the new ambitions of Madani Mezrag, who spent the 1990s in the mountains fighting the military before surrendering his rifle in a truce, highlights the uneasy role of Islamist parties in North Africa after the Arab Spring revolts.

Sep 16, 2015

Algeria spy chief’s ouster renews debate over presidency

ALGIERS (Reuters) – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s ousting of a powerful spy chief once regarded as Algeria’s “kingmaker” has strengthened the veteran leader’s allies and revived speculation over how long he plans to stay in power.

As head of the DRS military intelligence service for two decades, Mohamed Mediene was seen by the public only in rare grainy photographs but won a reputation as a power broker so influential that one of his nicknames was “King of Algeria”.

Jul 7, 2015

Homegrown jihadists with Libya ties target Tunisia’s democracy

By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara

SOUSSE, Tunisia(Reuters) – In late 2013, two young Tunisians returned from a jihadi camp in Libya planning to blow themselves up among foreign tourists. It was a spectacular failure – one bomb malfunctioned; the other killed only the bomber on the sands of Tunisia’s Sousse resort.

Two years later, just a few months apart, three more Libyan-trained Tunisian militants succeeded in bringing bloodshed to Sousse and the capital Tunis, gunning down 60 people, mainly tourists, in the two deadliest attacks in the country’s history.

Jul 4, 2015

Tunisia’s president declares state of emergency after hotel attack

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country “in a state of war”.

Last week’s attack, three months after the deadly Islamist assault on the Bardo museum in Tunis, has shocked the North African country emerging into a democracy following its 2011 “Arab Spring” uprising.

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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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