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In depth: Europe fears Islamic State expansion in Sirte

France warned of the increasing risk of Libya becoming a haven for Islamic State combatants on Saturday, after French military aircraft flew reconnaissance missions over Sirte where IS fighters are moving east on the oil crescent.

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The Prize: Fighting for Libya’s Energy Wealth

Libya’s economic conditions could turn sharply for the worse, as rival authorities vie to control rapidly shrinking national wealth. The struggle affects oil fields, pipelines and export terminals, as well as the boardrooms of national financial institutions. Combined with runaway spending due to corruption and dwindling revenue because of falling …

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Lawmakers explore alternative dialogue amid attempts to reinvigorate UN-led peace talks

Libyan lawmakers gathered last week in Tunis to launch an alternative dialogue process as the international community renewed calls on Libyan negotiators to sign a proposed agreement and the new UN envoy tries to breathe new life into stalled UN-led talks.

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IS strengthens its grip in war-torn Libya

With the world’s attention is focused on the Islamic State group’s strongholds in Syria and Iraq, the organisation has strengthened its grip in Libya.

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What the new UN envoy to Libya should do first

Martin Kobler has taken on the role of the UN secretary-general’s special representative in Libya, and he faces a daunting task: overcoming his predecessor’s betrayal of the country’s trust. 

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UNSMIL’s Kobler has Cairo meetings with Serraj and Eqyptian FM

New UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler Tweeted today that he had had a very good meeting in Cairo with Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry. It is understood that he also had talks with prime minister designate Faiez Serraj. 

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Picking up the pieces: Libya envoy faces tough job

Martin Kobler, the new UN special envoy for Libya, has his work cut out. The 62-year-old seasoned German diplomat began his new job on Tuesday after his predecessor departed under something of a cloud, leaving Kobler to pick up the pieces of the UN peace plan.

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The job goes on for ever-optimistic Leon

Bernardino Leon has been asked by UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon to continue to his special envoy to Libya following the refusal of both the House of Representatives (HoR) and the General National Congress (GNC) to approve the government of national unity and the Dialogue agreement by the deadline set …

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