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Apr 27, 2014

Gaddafi’s son Saif, former officials face charges in Tripoli court

TRIPOLI, April 27 (Reuters) – The son of late Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi appeared via video-link on Sunday with 22 others
to hear charges in a Tripoli court ranging from war crimes to
corruption in a major test of whether the state can implement
the rule of law.

Saif al-Islam, the most high-profile of Gaddafi’s seven
sons, smiled and looked confident on the link-up from a jail in
the western town of Zintan where he has been held since he was
captured by former rebels.

Apr 23, 2014

Libya expects $8 bln deficit in 2014 after oil shutout

TRIPOLI, April 23 (Reuters) – Libya plans deep austerity
measures to tackle a budget deficit expected to reach up to 10
billion Libyan dinars ($8 billion) this year due to rebel
blockades which have strangled oil production, a senior lawmaker
told Reuters.

Mohammed Ali Abdallah, who heads parliament’s budget
committee, said this year’s deficit could be covered by budget
surpluses accumulated in past years, a central bank loan and the
possible issuance of government bonds.

Apr 8, 2014

Libya parliament wants new government, cabinet demands more power

TRIPOLI, April 8 (Reuters) – Libya’s parliament asked Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Tuesday to form a new government within a week after the cabinet demanded more powers to tackle the disorder crippling the OPEC country.

The weak central government, which must be reconfirmed by parliament every two weeks, has asked for a longer mandate to deal with Libya’s competing political parties, rival militias, regional demands and rebels disrupting the oil industry.

Apr 7, 2014

Lufthansa, Austrian halt Libya flights; airport road blocked

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines have halted flights to Libya indefinitely due to security concerns after a bomb at Tripoli airport two weeks ago, a Lufthansa spokesman said on Monday.

In March, a bomb exploded on the main runway at Tripoli, highlighting the deteriorating security situation in the North African country.

Apr 6, 2014

Libyan rebels, government agree to gradually reopen occupied oil ports

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to gradually end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the North African state billions in lost revenues.

Zueitina and Hariga ports, held by federalist rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, will open immediately while the larger ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, will be freed in two to four weeks after more talks, the government said.

Apr 6, 2014

Libyan rebels, government agree to reopen occupied oil ports

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya April 6 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels
occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on
Sunday to end their eight-month petroleum blockade that has cost
the North African state billions in lost revenues.

Zueitina and Hariga ports, held by federalist rebels
demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, will open immediately
while the larger ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, will be freed in
two to four weeks after more talks, the government said.

Apr 2, 2014

Libya says could reach deal in two-three days to open oil ports

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya could finalise an agreement in two to three days with rebels to reopen key oil ports, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, bolstering hopes for an end to an eight-month standoff that dried up petroleum revenue.

Brent crude oil prices have fallen sharply since rebel leaders said their group would reach a deal within days to end the blockade of three ports that previously accounted for 600,000 barrels per day of Libyan crude exports.

Apr 2, 2014

Libya says could reach deal in 2-3 days to open oil ports

TRIPOLI, April 2 (Reuters) – Libya could finalise an
agreement in two to three days with rebels to reopen vital oil
ports, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, bolstering
hopes for an end to an eight-month stalemate that has dried up
oil revenue.

On Tuesday, rebel leaders said their group would reach an
agreement within days to end the blockage of three ports that
previously accounted for 600,000 barrels of oil exports a day.

Apr 2, 2014

East Libyan rebels to end oil port blockage within days -senior leader

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A rebel group in eastern Libya has agreed with the government to end its seizure of vital oil ports within days, a senior leader told Reuters on Tuesday, raising hopes for an end to an eight-month stalemate that has dried up state income and fuelled chaos.

There was no immediate comment from the Tripoli government which has been trying since summer to end the blockage of three eastern ports, which previously accounted for more than 600,000 barrels a day of oil exports.

Apr 1, 2014

East Libyan rebels say agree to end oil port blockage within days

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A rebel group in eastern Libya has agreed with the government to end its seizure of vital oil export ports within days, a senior leader told Reuters on Tuesday, raising hopes to end an eight-month stalemate drying up state income and fuelling chaos.

There was no immediate comment from the Tripoli government which has been trying since summer to end the seizure of three eastern ports, which previously counted for more than 600,000 barrels of day.

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