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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.

May 21, 2015

Insight – Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometre away.

The militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte as they exploit a civil war between two rival governments to expand in North Africa.

May 21, 2015

Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya

SIRTE, Libya, May 20 (Reuters) – Standing guard at his
frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where
Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry
less than a kilometre away.

The militants have effectively taken over former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte as they exploit a civil war
between two rival governments to expand in North Africa.

May 20, 2015

Libyan Islamist leader proposes elections to end conflict

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Fresh elections are the only way to end conflict in Libya where two governments and parliaments are competing for power and the country’s oil wealth, an influential Islamist supporter of a self-declared government in Tripoli said.

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s internationally recognized government and elected parliament have operated out of eastern Libya since a rival armed faction called Libya Dawn took over Tripoli in August and set up its own government.

May 20, 2015

Libya’s Lisco keeps the steel mill rolling despite war

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan steelmaker Lisco is struggling to keep its mill rolling in a war zone, no easy feat when the power cuts off every night, shippers are reluctant to dock and foreign contractors are long gone.

Lisco Chairman Mohamed Abdelmalik al-Faqih may have an office overlooking the Mediterranean, but the steel plant in Libya’s third-largest city Misrata looks more like a military base. A tank guards the melt shops, mills and furnaces, and the nearby port is protected by anti-aircraft guns.

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