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Jul 25, 2014

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia ‘war zone’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around Tripoli’s largest airport, now at the heart of a standoff between the country’s powerful militias.

With barrages of Grad rockets, anti-aircraft guns and artillery fired at their rival enclaves just kilometers apart, brigades of former rebels have turned parts of southern Tripoli in a battleground for nearly a fortnight.

Jul 24, 2014

Rival Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, Benghazi

TRIPOLI, July 24 (Reuters) – Heavy black smoke rose over
southern Tripoli on Thursday after rival militias exchanged
artillery and rocket fire in a battle over the Libyan capital’s
airport that has killed more than 50 people in nearly a
fortnight of fighting.

Sporadic blasts echoed across the city from the morning in
clashes that have deepened fears of post-war Libya becoming a
failed state, with a fragile government unable to control
heavily armed brigades battling for power.

Jul 16, 2014

Mali peace talks start in Algiers after prisoner swap

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Mali’s government and rebels were holding peace talks in Algiers on Wednesday intended to end decades of uprisings by northern Tuareg tribes after an exchange of prisoners helped to get the negotiations started.

Mali’s vast desert north – called Azawad by the rebels – has risen up four times since independence from France in 1960, most recently last year, when French forces intervened to drive back Islamists who had taken advantage of a Tuareg-led rebellion and were advancing on the south.

Jul 2, 2014

Libya declares oil crisis over after state reclaims ports

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said the government had reached a deal with a rebel leader controlling oil ports to hand over the last two terminals and end a blockade that crippled the OPEC nation’s petroleum industry.

“We have successfully reached an agreement to solve the oil crisis. We have received today Ras Lanuf and Es Sider oil ports thankfully without the use of force,” Thinni said at Ras Lanuf terminal in eastern Libya. “I officially declare this is the end of the oil crisis.”

Jun 30, 2014

Kidnapped Tunisian embassy workers freed in Libya

TUNIS, June 30 (Reuters) – A Tunisian diplomat and an
embassy worker kidnapped earlier this year by unknown gunmen in
Libya arrived at dawn on Monday at a Tunis airport after being
freed on Sunday.

With Libya’s government weak and its armed forces still in
formation, armed groups have targeted foreign diplomats for
abduction this year to pressure for the release of Libyan
militants held in jails overseas.

May 29, 2014

Chaos over premier’s post as Libya slides into uncertainty

TRIPOLI, May 29 (Reuters) – Libya stumbled deeper into chaos
on Thursday uncertain over who runs the country after rival
prime ministers both claimed legitimacy in a confrontation
threatening to turn into violence among rival factions.

Even by Libya’s tumultuous standards, the North African oil
producing state has veered closer to its most dangerous crisis
in the three years since a NATO-backed uprising helped rebels
put an end to Muammar Gaddafi’s one-man rule.

May 28, 2014

Libya standoff emerges as premier refuses to yield to successor

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s acting prime minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni, on Wednesday refused to hand over power to a newly elected premier after questioning his legitimacy in a deepening confrontation among the OPEC nation’s rival factions.

The North African state, struggling with unrest since a 2011 war ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, now has two prime ministers and a parliament deadlocked by splits among Islamist, anti-Islamist and regional adversaries.

May 27, 2014

Gunmen fire grenades at Libya PM’s home, strife worsens

TRIPOLI, May 27 (Reuters) – Gunmen fired grenades at the
Tripoli home of Libya’s new Prime Minister, Ahmed Maiteeq, and
his guards killed at least one assailant on Tuesday, just days
after parliament approved his appointment in a contested vote.

Full details of the morning attack were not clear, but
Maiteeq, who is Libya’s third premier in two months, was
unharmed. “There were two cars and they fired RPGs
(rocket-propelled grenades) at his home,” a source from the
prime minister’s office said.

May 26, 2014

New Libyan PM says to focus on fighting militants with foreign aid

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new premier said on Monday his cabinet will focus on fighting militants, securing borders and building up armed forces with foreign help, and appealed to hardliners who want his government removed.

Libya is caught up in what the European Union has called its worst crisis since the 2011 civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and pitched the North African country into almost constant state of upheaval and violence.

May 20, 2014

Renegade ex-general steps into Libya’s militia fray

ALGIERS/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When a dispute erupted over dissolving Libya’s parliament last February, a former general dressed in full army uniform made a surprise television broadcast calling on the military to “rescue” the country.

Flanked by a Libyan flag and a large map, retired Major General Khalifa Haftar demanded a caretaker government take over from a parliament paralyzed by rivalries after the 2011 war that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

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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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