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House of Representatives says Libyan rivals 'surrendered' sites to IS

The head of one of Libya’s rival governments has accused a key opposition force of “surrendering” the city of Sirte to Islamic State (IS) fighters. Sirte, the last stronghold of Gaddafi loyalists during the 2011 uprising against him and the site of his summary execution in October of that year, …

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Op-ed: Last chance saloon for Libyan peace talks as IS launch hearts and minds media campaign in Libya?

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels Thursday, UN SRSG Bernardino Leon said that all parties must understand that compromise is better than continuing the conflict in Libya.

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Migrants bound for Europe create crisis in Libya’s southern deserts

In a hospital trauma ward in downtown Sebha, a decrepit city that’s a major migrant-smuggling hub in southern Libya, a man from Niger lay in a stupor, suffering from multiple fractures and a gangrened limb. He’d been here a week, since he was rescued from the Sahara after the vehicle …

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For migrants in southern Libya, a whole desert to cross

Ghat, Libya – In the shadow of Ghat’s ancient medina, a small cluster of migrants from West African and Sahel states take refuge under the hilltop fort from the scorching sun. They are searching for work, money, and a ride with people-smugglers across the desert to Libya’s north.

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UNSMIL Welcomes Misrata-Tawergha Agreement at Tunis Meeting 27-28 May 2015

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomes the agreement reached by the delegations of Misrata and Tawergha at a meeting in Tunis on 28 May 2015 as another important step in achieving justice and ensuring the right of return in safety and dignity of the Tawerghans to their …

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Troubled tribal talks

Organisers of the conference of Libyan tribes in Cairo have announced a three-day suspension of activities following its inaugural session at 5:00pm on Monday. The reason given was that the representatives of the tribes in western and southern Libya had been prevented from attending this session due to the interruption …

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Tobruk-Tripoli feud over LIA, Libya Post continues in courts

The feud for the control of Libyan assets held in Malta continues after members of the ‘Tobruk LIA’ – representatives of the internationally-recognised Libyan government – replied to a petition from Tripoli to refuse recognition to the directors of the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAIP). The LAIP is owned by …

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Mogherini condemns Thinni assassination bid; HoR members appear in dark about events

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has condemned yesterday’s assassination attempt in Torbuk against Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni. It was “an outrageous assault to further destabilise Libya”, she said. Libyans needed to unite, she added, in order to prevent such attempts “that undermine Libyan efforts to find a …

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