AJDABIYA, Libya, Jan 28 (Reuters) – A deal to lift an armed
blockade of Libyan oil ports and restart exports could be
possible within two weeks after talks with the government
advanced on key demands, a senior leader of the protest movement
The group, led by a former rebel who once battled leader
Muammar Gaddafi, seized three major eastern ports in summer to
demand a greater share of oil wealth and more regional autonomy,
choking off 600,000 barrels per day of oil exports.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan war planes attacked targets in the restive south on Saturday after gunmen stormed an air force base and the government ordered in ground troops following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.
Western powers fear the OPEC producer could slide into further instability as the government struggles to contain heavily-armed militias, tribesmen and Islamists who helped to topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but refuse to disarm.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya ordered troops to the restive south on Saturday after gunmen stormed an air force base, and parliament put the armed forces on alert following days of skirmishes between rival tribesmen and militias.
Highlighting turmoil in the North African country, two Italian construction workers were kidnapped by unknown attackers in the east.
TRIPOLI, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Libya will take to court any
foreign firms trying to buy oil from eastern ports seized by
armed protesters and stop doing business with them, its oil
minister said on Wednesday.
Tensions between the Tripoli government and an armed
grouping controlling three eastern oil ports escalated when the
navy fired on Sunday at a tanker trying to load crude in
Es-Sider, one of the occupied terminals.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned oil tankers to stay away from eastern terminals seized by armed protesters or they could be sunk, as a confrontation over control of Libya’s crude escalated.
The warning came on Wednesday after Libya’s navy fired warning shots at the weekend to ward off a tanker that the state-run National Oil Corp. (NOC) said had attempted to load crude at one port that has been out of government control for six months.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s navy opened fire after a Maltese-flagged oil tanker approached to illegally load crude at a port that has been controlled for months by armed protesters demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, officials said on Monday.
The use of force to prevent protesters at eastern ports from shipping oil to world markets independently is a major escalation in a blockade that has already slashed oil exports and revenues for the OPEC member state.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya will transform its banking and economic system to comply fully with Islamic law that bans interest payments, the economy minister and other officials said on Monday, but they gave scant details on how the plans would be implemented.
Under Muammar Gaddafi, who was overthrown in 2011, the growth of Islamic banking was not encouraged and four state-controlled institutions dominated the relatively undeveloped financial sector of the OPEC oil producer.
TRIPOLI, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Libya’s navy has blocked an oil
tanker from illegally loading crude at an eastern port that has
been held for months by armed protesters demanding more autonomy
from Tripoli, officials said on Monday.
“The navy fired warning shots to show that they were
serious,” a Libyan National Oil Corp (NOC) official, who
declined to be named, told Reuters.
TRIPOLI, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Libya has restarted oil
production at the southern El Sharara field with an initial
output of 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) after protesters ended a
blockade, the state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Sunday.
But in a new sign of trouble, protesters blocked an oil
pipeline in western Libya, adding to disruptions that have
slashed Libya’s oil production to 250,000 bpd from 1.4 million.
TRIPOLI, Jan 4 (Reuters) – As strikes at Libyan oil ports
run into a sixth month, reducing government income to a trickle,
a budget crisis could be just around the corner for a country
wearily accustomed to chaos since the popular revolt that ousted
The government, when it is not grappling with militias who
occupy ministries and take over oil facilities at will, warns
that it might be unable to pay wages, while power cuts are