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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.

Jan 26, 2015

Libya forces tanker away from supplying rival government

TRIPOLI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Libya’s recognized government
said it forced a tanker from delivering fuel to its rival
administration, diverting the vessel to its own territory by
threatening an air attack on it.

The tanker Anwaar Afriqya was approaching the port of
Misrata, but diverted to Tobruk, a port official at the latter
said on Monday.

Jan 26, 2015

Libya producing 363,000 bpd of oil -rival minister

TRIPOLI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Oil output from Libya, where
ports and oilfields have been shut due to fighting, has fallen
to 363,000 barrels a day with exports at about 200,000, the oil
minister appointed by forces in control of the capital Tripoli
told Reuters.

Two governments allied to armed factions are vying for
control of Libya four years after the toppling of leader Muammar

Jan 26, 2015

U.N. to hold new Libya talks, gunmen kidnap deputy foreign minister

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A new round of talks between rival Libyan factions will take place in Geneva on Monday, the United Nations said, even as gunmen kidnapped the deputy foreign minister of the recognised government.

Nearly four years after a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in turmoil with two rival governments and two parliaments backed by armed factions who Western governments fear may drag the country into civil war.

Jan 22, 2015

U.N. condemns attack on Libyan central bank, demands inquiry

TRIPOLI, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Thursday
condemned a reported attack on an office of Libya’s central bank
in the eastern city of Benghazi, calling for an inquiry into the
incident that has complicated talks between the country’s
warring parties.

The U.N. last week brought together in Geneva some of
Libya’s rival factions in an attempt to negotiate an end to
their fight for control of the country four years after the
ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

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