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Feb 22, 2015

Embattled Libyan government loses grip as general expands power

BAYDA, Libya (Reuters) – In a hotel lit by a generator in the eastern Libyan town of Bayda, Economy Minister Munir Ali Asr outlines optimistic plans to attract investment to a country ravaged by war and political chaos.

Outside, Bayda lies in darkness after another power cut. Hundreds of residents wait outside petrol stations that have closed as a result of a debilitating power struggle between two rival governments that has wrecked basic services.

Feb 17, 2015

Fear and silence in Libya as divisions deepen

TRIPOLI, Feb 17 (Reuters) – On the surface life looks normal
in the Libyan capital. Cafes are bustling with customers sipping
cappuccino, while well-stocked shops sell anything from Italian
underwear to French cheese.

But as in the days of Muammar Gaddafi, many residents prefer
to avoid talking politics in Tripoli, where a self-declared
government has ruled since an armed faction called Libya Dawn
seized the capital by expelling its rivals in August.

Feb 16, 2015

Libya prime minister calls for international strikes on Islamists

BAYDA, Libya, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Libya’s internationally
recognised prime minister called for the West to launch air
strikes to defeat Islamist militants who control Tripoli and
have driven his government out of the capital.

Speaking hours before Egypt bombed Islamic State targets in
Libya in retaliation after militants said they had beheaded 21
Egyptian Christians, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni made a
plea for Western military intervention in a country rapidly
slipping into chaos.

Feb 15, 2015

Libya official warns on spread of ISIS militant threat

BAYDA, Libya (Reuters) – Officials of Libya’s rival governments have been in touch over the growing threat of Islamic State militants, a top Libyan security official said, suggesting the fight against a common enemy might help to unite the country’s warring factions.

Two separate governments are vying for control of Libya, four years after a NATO-backed civil war ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Feb 10, 2015

Libya could exhaust wheat reserves in 2-3 months without new supplies

TRIPOLI, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Libya will exhaust its wheat
reserves in two or three months unless a state fund tasked with
ensuring supplies receives money held up as a result of the
political turmoil gripping the country and a slump in oil
revenues, a top official said.

The North African country is in chaos, with two governments
and parliaments allied to armed factions vying for power four
years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Feb 6, 2015

Oil port battle highlights threat of Libya break-up

BEN JAWAD, Libya, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Hidden behind a pile of
sand, a tank points its gun towards Libya’s biggest oil port on
the other side of an invisible frontier that now divides the
north African nation.

Factions fighting for control of Libya and its oil wealth
have moved columns of heavy weapons to this new front line
running through the middle of the country, escalating a conflict
that Western powers fear may lead to a national break-up four
years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

Feb 4, 2015

Libya starts dipping into wheat reserves to overcome flour shortages

TRIPOLI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Libya’s internationally
recognised government said on Wednesday it had started tapping
into its strategic wheat reserves to ensure bread supplies and
overcome what it called a “flour crisis”.

The government works from the east of the north African
nation having fled the capital Tripoli, where a group called
Libya Dawn has seized control and backs a rival government not
recognised by world powers.

Feb 4, 2015

Gunmen storm Libyan oilfield, four workers believed killed

TRIPOLI, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Gunmen possibly linked to
Islamist militants assaulted and seized control of a Libyan
oilfield in the second high-profile attack in the country in a
week, Libyan officials said on Wednesday.

A French diplomatic source in Paris said four local
employees were believed to have been killed in the raid on the
remote al-Mabrook oilfield south of Sirte on Tuesday night.

Feb 3, 2015

New fighting for Libyan oil ports as UN tries to revive talks

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya, Feb 3 (Reuters) – New clashes
erupted on Tuesday between rival factions fighting for control
of Libya’s biggest oil ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, killing at
least 10 people, the two sides said.

The fighting came a day after the United Nations said it was
seeking a ceasefire to pave the way for a new round of peace
talks between factions operating two opposing governments,
nearly four years after Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow.

Jan 29, 2015

Misrata feels economic pinch as Libyan infighting spreads

MISRATA, Libya, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A power struggle between
two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has
started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and
industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now.

Production at the country’s biggest steel works has been cut
and the port of Misrata has been forced to restrict operations.

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