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Libya: Escalation feared as pro-Haftar parliament calls for elections

Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for elections to be held early next year, after it backed out of a United Nations-brokered peace deal with rival authorities in the capital, Tripoli. The widening split has stoked concerns that violence could escalate in the fractured country.

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Libya’s Haftar holds talks with UK delegation

Commanding General of the Libyan National Army of the parliament based in Tobruk, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has received a senior delegation from the UK’s House of Commons at the headquarters of the General Command of the Army.

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Fight between Libyan human trafficking gangs kills 22 migrants, injures 100 others

22 migrants have been killed and some 100 injured in fighting between rival smuggler gangs in Libya so far this year. This comes at a time when seaborne migration from Africa to Italy has risen by 50 percent so far in 2017.

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HoR Speaker proposes presidential, parliamentary elections in 2018

The media advisor of the Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Fathi Al-Maryami told the pro-Al-Thanni-chaired government Libyan News Agency that Aqilah Saleh informed the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) of his desire to hold parliamentary and presidential elections before February 2018.

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Egypt scrambles to save Libya’s Haftar over lost oil-fields

Egyptian authorities are concerned by recent losses sustained by ally Khalifa Haftar in two key oil ports on Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

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LNA said to have 5,000 troops at Brega while Hafter pays Cairo flying visit

The Libyan National Army is said to have massed 5,000 troops with tanks and artillery in the  Brega area in preparation for a second counterattack on the Ras Lanuf and Sidra export terminals lost to Benghazi Defence Brigades-led forces on Friday and Saturday.

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Libya State Council calls to exclude vital installations from political conflicts

The Supreme State Council of Libya yesterday called on the international community and the United Nations to help the Government of National Accord protect vital installations from political and military conflicts in the country.

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