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Libyan politicians hit by EU sanctions over new government

(Left: Agilah Saleh, Right: Khalifa Ghweil) (BBC World) The European Union has imposed sanctions on three prominent Libyan politicians opposed to the installation of a UN-backed government. The sanctions target the leaders of two rival administrations that have been vying for power amid the chaos after the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. …

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Libya’s Unity Government Defies Air Blockade to Reach Tripoli

Fayez Serraj, the Libyan prime minister-designate, said Wednesday at a news conference in Tripoli that he would broker a cease-fire among Libya’s myriad factions and confront the Islamic state. (Credit Ismail Zitouny/Reuters) (New York Times) CAIRO — The Libyans who lead a United Nations-backed unity government traveled by sea early Wednesday to …

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Martin Kobler encourages Aguila to adopt the new list of ministers

(Libyan Press) During a lengthy conversation between the UN envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler,  and President of Tobruk’s Parliament, Aguila Saleh, Kobler has expressed that it is necessary for the Parliament to pass the second list of ministers provided by the Presidential Council. Kobler pointed out that the Presidential Council …

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Essebsi: Intervention in Libya will harm Tunisia

(Libyan Press) During a speech he gave yesterday, the Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, declared that any military intervention in Libya could harm Tunisia before benefiting any other state. Essebsi added that anyone who is considering intervention in Libya should consult with Tunisia first and that no state should assume …

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Mohammad Ammari rejoins Presidential Council

(Libyan Press) Member of the Presidential Council at the Government of National Accord, Mohammad Ammari, terminated his suspension of his membership after calls from United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, to reverse his decision and join the Presidential Council’s meeting on Wednesday. Ammari revealed that his rejoining of the council came …

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The release of 35 Egyptians detained in Libya

(Libyan Press) Egyptian Minister of Aide for Expatriates’ Affairs Hesham Al-Naqib, has confirmed the release of the 35 Egyptians who were detained in Libya. He revealed, in a statement posted on the Egyptian Foreign Ministry website, today, that the Egyptians released were being held in shelters for illegal immigrants on …

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Qaddafi’s Grip on the Capital Tightens as Revolt Grows

(Republished from the New York Times) TOBRUK, Libya — Vowing to track down and kill protesters “house by house,” Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya tightened his grip on the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday, but the eastern half of the country was slipping beyond his control. A bloody crackdown drove protesters …

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Qaddafi’s Son Warns of Civil War as Libyan Protests Widen

(Republished from the New York Times) CAIRO — A five-day-old uprising in Libya took control of its second-largest city of Benghazi and spread for the first time to the capital of Tripoli late on Sunday as the heir-apparent son of its strongman, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, warned Libyans in a televised …

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Protests spread to Libya

(Published by CNN World Middle East) (CNN) — Unprecedented demonstrations sweeping the Middle East and North Africa spread Wednesday to Libya, where police clashed with anti-government protesters in the coastal city of Benghazi, an independent source told CNN. About 200 protesters came out to show support for human rights activist …

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