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Nov 27, 2013

Libya struggles to pay salaries, more clashes erupt

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday his government will be unable to pay public salaries and may have to seek loans if armed militias blockading oilfields and ports continue to choke off crude shipments.

Zeidan’s warning and renewed armed clashes, including an attack on a centuries-old shrine near Tripoli, have added to a growing sense of chaos in the OPEC producer two years after the NATO-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Nov 16, 2013

Dozens dead in clash with Libyan militiamen in Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At least 32 people were killed and almost 400 wounded in gun battles between Libyan militiamen and armed residents in Tripoli on Friday in some of the worst street fighting in the capital since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is struggling to control rival militias, Islamist militants and other former fighters who refuse to surrender their arms two years after helping to oust Gaddafi in a NATO-backed revolt.

Nov 15, 2013

13 people killed, more than 130 wounded in Tripoli clashes – state news agency

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Six people were killed and dozens more wounded in clashes between militiamen and armed residents in the capital Tripoli on Friday, state television said, in a further challenge to Libya’s weak government.

The third outbreak of street fighting within 10 days underscored Libya’s struggle to contain regional militias that helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi two years ago but kept their guns. Armed disorder has blocked most oil exports for months.

Nov 15, 2013

Libyan militiamen, Tripoli residents battle, six dead

TRIPOLI, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Six people were killed and
dozens more wounded in clashes between militiamen and armed
residents in the capital Tripoli on Friday, state television
said, in a further challenge to Libya’s weak government.

The third outbreak of street fighting within 10 days
underscored Libya’s struggle to contain regional militias that
helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi two years ago but kept their
guns. Armed disorder has blocked most oil exports for months.

Nov 15, 2013

Turmoil costs Libya 3 billion pounds, hits power supply, officials say

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Protests at oil ports have cost Libya more than $6 billion (3 billion pounds) and started hitting power supplies in the North African country, where political chaos is also affecting funding for wheat imports, officials said on Thursday.

Tribes, armed militias and members of the Berber minority have seized most oil ports and fields since August to demand more rights or better pay, adding to chaos in Libya two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Nov 15, 2013

Turmoil costs Libya $6 billion, hits power supply, officials say

TRIPOLI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Protests at oil ports have cost
Libya more than $6 billion and started hitting power supplies in
the North African country, where political chaos is also
affecting funding for wheat imports, officials said on Thursday.

Tribes, armed militias and members of the Berber minority
have seized most oil ports and fields since August to demand
more rights or better pay, adding to chaos in Libya two years
after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Nov 14, 2013

Libya needs to pay wheat importers to ensure supplies -minister

TRIPOLI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Libya needs to pay debts to
wheat importers that have been piling up for more than a year to
ensure it can secure future flour supplies, though there is no
risk of a bread shortage for months, its economy minister said.

The North African country faces difficulties in making big
deals to buy wheat due to payment problems, political turmoil
and infighting between the government and parliament, industry
sources say.

Nov 14, 2013

Bombs don’t stop business boom in Libya’s Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Shop assistants showcase
elegant Italian menswear, next door a fast food restaurant
buzzes with customers, and nearby a German sportswear shop hawks
the latest high-end running shoes.

The scene could be downtown New York or Milan if not for the
occasional gun battles, car bombs and bearded Islamist fighters
flourishing rifles and fundamentalist beliefs.

Nov 13, 2013

Libya’s Berbers boycott charter talks, protests cut oil output

TRIPOLI, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Libya’s Berber minority will
boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution, the
election commission said, in a move that complicate attempts to
end oil and gas protests which have dented output.

Members of the Berber, or Amazigh, minority have halted gas
exports to Italy and also stopped part of Libyan oil exports by
occupying the Mellitah port in western Libya to demand more
rights for their long-oppressed people.

Nov 13, 2013

Libya’s Berber to boycott committee drafting constitution

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s Berber minority will boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution, Berber leaders and the election commission said, in a move that complicates attempts to end oil and gas protests.

Members of the Berber, or Amazigh, minority have halted gas exports to Italy and also stopped a part of Libyan oil exports by occupying the Mellitah port in western Libya to demand more rights for their long-oppressed people.

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