TOBRUK Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s elected parliament approved on Monday a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, a parliamentary spokesman said.
The House of Representatives agreed on a second cabinet list after rejecting last week an initial a 16-member lineup as too large, spokesman Faraj Hashem said.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Pro-government Libyan forces, already reeling from the fall of the capital, are fighting to prevent Islamist militants from seizing the eastern city of Benghazi and splitting the North African country into three warring parts.
Three weeks after losing Tripoli to a different militia, the army now faces an offensive in Libya’s second-largest city from the Islamists of Ansar al-Sharia, which has overrun special forces bases and is attacking Benghazi airport.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A comeback by Libya’s oil industry may be short-lived as a confrontation between armed groups risks splitting the country three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Oil production has risen to 650,000 barrels per day (bpd), five times the level two months ago, in a rare success for the economy at a time when armed groups and two parliaments fight for control of the North African country.
BENGHAZI Libya/CAIRO (Reuters) – The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as the new prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies, each backed by armed factions.
As political unrest mounted, U.S. officials said two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in the capital, Tripoli, were the work of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
CAIRO/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Libya wants the international community to help protect its oilfields, airports and other state assets as it is too weak to stop armed groups fighting for control, its ambassador in Cairo said on Monday.
The plea came as attackers fired Grad rockets at Labraq airport in eastern Libya, targeting one of the country’s few functioning air hubs as violence between armed factions escalates three years after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.
LONDON/TRIPOLI, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Libya is due to start
loading its first crude oil tanker from top port Es Sider on
Tuesday following a year-long blockade by eastern federalists, a
Libyan oil official and trading sources said.
The country’s oil industry is making a modest comeback,
restarting production and exports even while Tripoli has become
a battleground for rival armed factions amid the worst violence
since the 2011 civil war.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan militia battling a rival armed group over control of the country’s biggest airport is ready for a peaceful solution after five days of heavy fighting, a spokesman said on Thursday, hours after shells hit the terminal building.
The news, if confirmed by the rival militia, would be a huge relief for Libyan citizens who were stunned after two armed groups turned Tripoli International Airport into a battlefield.
TRIPOLI/LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Libya will not be able
to export oil through its two largest eastern ports before
August, due to safety checks after a near year-long closure, a
senior oil official said on Wednesday.
The latest twist in a spiral of violence also casts a shadow
over the vital deal two weeks ago to end the eastern blockade by
federalist protesters of the last two facilities they held.
TRIPOLI Libya (Reuters) – Libyan militia fighters with anti aircraft guns and mortars fanned out on Tuesday across Tripoli’s airport, transformed into a battlefield by two days of fighting that has cut the Libyan capital off from the outside world.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was working to help end to violence that has brought the north African country to the edge of chaos three years after the uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI, July 15 (Reuters) – First, there is a single shot.
Then Libyan fighters empty their anti-aircraft guns as others
crouch for cover at Tripoli International Airport.
Until Saturday night, the airport was a hub for Libyans
coming home for the Muslim fasting month and expatriates going
on vacation. Now, Libya’s main airport has turned into a
battlefield between rival militias, a sign of anarchy in the oil