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Jul 25, 2015
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Expulsion from Derna bastion may show limits for Islamic State in Libya

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(An armed motorcade of Derna’s Islamic Youth Council, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Islamic State jihadists have exploited widespread chaos to gain a foothold in Libya, but their ejection from an eastern city suggests they may not achieve a Iraq-style takeover due to strong local rivals and the absence of sectarian divisions.

Jul 24, 2015

IMF names eastern central bank governor as its Libya contact

BENGHAZI, Libya/CAIRO, July 24 (Reuters) – The International
Monetary Fund said on Friday it has recognised the central bank
governor named by Libya’s official government as its sole
contact and ended ties with a rival bank chief in Tripoli.

The move risks making it even harder for foreign states to
foster cooperation between the warring administrations because
the official government sits in eastern Libya and the central
bank in Tripoli controls the country’s vital oil revenues.

Jul 20, 2015

Insight – Why Libya’s coastguard struggles with migrant tide

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A few weeks ago, a sailor in Libya’s coastguard scooped up Luchiya Mhreteab and her two small children after the boat taking them to Italy sank off Libya’s northern tip.

Mhreteab, 30, had fled Eritrea and is pregnant. She and her five-year-old daughter Dina and three-year-old son Yosan now live on a mat in the courtyard of a Libyan detention centre. They eat rice and vegetables three times a day, Mhreteab explained, her ripped black abaya stretched across her growing tummy. “I don’t know what to do next.”

Jul 8, 2015

A front-row seat as Libya’s hopes faded

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Late last year I was sitting in Tripoli’s foreign ministry when a guard drew a gun on a colleague next to me and then kicked him down a stairwell. His mistake? He had complained about a news conference being delayed.

That was the moment I lost my last illusions about the Libyan revolution.

The guard’s bosses quickly moved to punish him and his act was one of individual anger not policy. But the episode shows how Libya had changed since rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi in August 2011. Back then, young fighters in Tripoli had celebrated into the night after they seized Gaddafi’s Bab Aziziya compound. There was a sense of promise and a longing for change in almost everyone you spoke to.

Jun 12, 2015

Libya’s official government fails to sell oil directly – sources

CAIRO, June 12 (Reuters) – Libya’s official government,
based in the east since fleeing the capital, has so far failed
to sell oil by itself, despite setting up a Dubai bank account
and new central bank unit, industry and banking sources say.

The internationally recognised government said in March it
wanted oil buyers to pay through a new state oil firm with an
account in Dubai and stop dealing with the established entity in
Tripoli controlled by a rival government.

Jun 9, 2015

Delegates of Libya’s elected parliament to discuss peace plan despite divisions

BENGHAZI, Libya/CAIRO (Reuters) – A delegation of Libya’s elected parliament has arrived in Germany to discuss with European and North African officials a U.N. proposal to form a unity government despite some lawmakers rejecting the plan, officials said on Tuesday.

The splits underscored the complex task the United Nations faces in implementing any agreement for a united national authority and a peace deal on the ground where two rival governments and various armed factions battle for control.

Jun 1, 2015

Libya court to rule on Gaddafi’s son Saif, former officials on July 28

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan court will rule on July 28 on a son of Muammar Gaddafi and 36 other former regime officials accused of war crimes and suppressing peaceful protests during the 2011 revolution, a state prosecutor said on Monday.

Saif al-Islam, the most high-profile of Gaddafi’s seven sons, has been on trial together with former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi. Any verdict on Saif would be in absentia since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan that opposes the Tripoli government.

Jun 1, 2015

Libya edges closer to economic collapse as currency dives

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s public finances, wracked by a dramatic loss in oil revenue that has been exacerbated by a power struggle between rival governments, are foundering.

The crisis has prompted the authorities in Tripoli, who control much of western Libya, to plan cuts to petrol subsidies, to delay public salary payments and to ban on imports from cars to steel.

May 24, 2015

Insight – Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said.

Chaos and civil war since NATO warplanes helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned the North African country into the launching point for human traffickers smuggling tens of thousands of people across the Mediterranean.

May 24, 2015

Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said.

Chaos and civil war since NATO warplanes helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned the North African country into the launching point for human traffickers smuggling tens of thousands of people across the Mediterranean.

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