Libya fuel blast injures 17

Libya fuel blast injures 17

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A fuel tank exploded in a massive blast in the southern Libyan city of Sebha late on Tuesday, injuring 17 people, the health ministry said in a statement. The fire caused by the explosion was brought under control, witnesses said. The blast comes weeks after a fuel tanker blast in another southern Libya city killed several people and injured dozens. (Reporting by Ayman al-Warfali in Benghazi and Enas Alashray, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Leslie Adler and Tom Hogue
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Fighting on the outskirts of Libyan capital Tripoli

Fighting on the outskirts of Libyan capital Tripoli

TRIPOLI  (Reuters) - Libyan armed factions fought in the western outskirts of Tripoli over the weekend as forces aligned with Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah's government further consolidated their control over the capital. Fighting took place in Warshafala, a district west of Tripoli that has been the site of repeated clashes throughout the 11 years of violence and chaos since a NATO-backed uprising ousted veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi. The clashes, along with a major pro-Dbeibah group taking over a military headquarters in southern Tripoli, come a week after Libya's biggest bout of warfare for two years, as several rival factions battled in and…
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New U.N. Libya envoy is Senegal’s Bathily – statement

New U.N. Libya envoy is Senegal’s Bathily – statement

TUNIS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Senegalese diplomat and former government minister Abdoulaye Bathily as his Libya envoy, the U.N. Libya mission said in a statement on Saturday.  Bathily succeeds Jan Kubis, who stepped down from the role late last year as diplomacy aimed at resolving Libya's longstanding conflict faltered in the run-up to an aborted national election.  (Reporting by Angus McDowall; editing by Jason Neely)
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UPDATE – Tripoli calm, Libya riven after worst fighting in years

UPDATE – Tripoli calm, Libya riven after worst fighting in years

TRIPOLI, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Charred cars and buildings pockmarked by bullets scarred Libya's capital on Sunday, the day after intense fighting killed 32 people yet appeared to leave the Tripoli government more firmly entrenched. Battles raged across the city throughout Saturday as forces aligned with the parliament-backed administration of Fathi Bashagha failed to take control of the capital and oust the Tripoli-based government of Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah. On a tour of the city on Sunday, Reuters saw workers clearing glass and debris from streets littered with spent ammunition casings, as fighters aligned with Dbeibah stood in front of bases seized from forces affiliated…
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UPDATE – Deadly battles erupt across Tripoli, raising fears of wider Libya war

UPDATE – Deadly battles erupt across Tripoli, raising fears of wider Libya war

TRIPOLI, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Rival factions battled across Libya's capital on Saturday in the worst fighting there for two years as an eyewitness said forces aligned with a parliament-backed administration moved on the city to try to take power. The Tripoli government's health ministry gave a preliminary death toll of 12 people, with 87 injured, but did not say how many were civilians or fighters. Sustained fighting in the city over the control of government would likely plunge Libya back into full-blown war after two years of comparative peace that brought an abortive political process aimed at holding national elections. A…
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U.N. deeply concerned by Libya threats

U.N. deeply concerned by Libya threats

The United Nations Libya mission said it was deeply concerned by what it called an ongoing mobilisation of forces and threats to use force to resolve the country's political crisis. Libya has been enmeshed in a stalemate for months after the eastern-based parliament swore in a new prime minister despite the incumbent in Tripoli refusing to cede power, leading to a standoff with armed factions backing each side. Several shootouts have already taken place this summer between rival forces in the capital, raising the prospect of wider clashes and a return to sustained warfare after two years of comparative peace.…
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UN extends Libya mission for 3 months at Russia’s insistence

UN extends Libya mission for 3 months at Russia’s insistence

The U.N. Security Council voted to extend its political mission in Libya, but at Russia's insistence for only three months rather than a year-long mandate. The council's three African members abstained to protest Russia’s blocking the longer extension they say is needed to help the divided country move to elections and stability. Russia’s deputy ambassador, Dmitry Poyansky, reiterated Moscow's position that the U.N. mission must get a new special representative before it has a longer mandate. U.N. special envoy Jan Kubis resigned last Nov. 23 after 10 months on the job, and a number of candidates proposed by U.N. Secretary-General…
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Clashes erupt on outskirts of Libya’s Misrata

Clashes erupt on outskirts of Libya’s Misrata

Clashes erupted between rival factions on the outskirts of the Libyan city of Misrata, before being halted by the intervention of another armed force. The cause of the clashes near the junction of the main coastal highway leading to Tripoli was not immediately clear. It was also not clear if there was any connection to the mobilisation in recent days of Misrata-based forces aligned with the two main sides in a wider political standoff over control of the Libyan government. The fighting lasted less than an hour, two residents of the area said. A fighter with another force that later…
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UPDATE – Clashes erupt on outskirts of Libya’s Misrata

UPDATE – Clashes erupt on outskirts of Libya’s Misrata

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Armed clashes erupted on Saturday on the outskirts of the Libyan city of Misrata between rival factions near the junction of the main coastal highway leading to Tripoli.  Rival forces allied to the two main sides in a political standoff over control of the Libyan government have mobilised in the city in recent days, according to residents.  (Reporting by Libya Reuters Newsroom, writing by Angus McDowall; editing by Jason Neely) Earlier - Fighting rips through Libyan capital, killing 13 TRIPOLI (Reuters) -Rival factions fought each other in Tripoli overnight and into Friday, killing 13 people in the…
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Gaddafi’s widow appeals Malta decision to repatriate funds to Libya

Gaddafi’s widow appeals Malta decision to repatriate funds to Libya

VALLETTA (Reuters) - The widow of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has appealed a decision by a Malta court ordering the Bank of Valletta to return to Libya some 95 million euros ($100 million) deposited by Gaddafi's late son Mutassim, court officials said. Safiya Ferkash Mohammed and her lawyers argue in their appeal that the courts lacked jurisdiction and could not decide the case over the funds. The sentence was delivered at the end of June after a legal battle that started in 2012, a year after Gaddafi was overthrown and killed. Mutassim, who was also killed, was found in…
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Production resumed at several Libyan oilfields

Production resumed at several Libyan oilfields

CAIRO, July 21 (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) said crude production had resumed at several oilfields, after lifting force majeure on oil exports last week. Production has restarted at fields belonging to Waha Oil Company at a rate of 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) and will be gradually increased until normal rates are achieved, the state-owned NOC said in a statement. Production has also resumed from the Nafoura, Tibesti, al-Ghani and al-Bayda oilfields belonging to Harouge Oil Operations and Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO). "Production at the two companies will be increased gradually after restarting the other fields," NOC said.…
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Libya resumes oil exports from Es Sider port – statement

Libya resumes oil exports from Es Sider port – statement

TRIPOLI, July 20 (Reuters) - Libya resumed exporting crude oil from Es Sider port, the oil ministry said on Wednesday. Libya's Waha Oil Company resumed production at its fields with an initial capacity of 15,000 barrels per day, which is expected to reach 30,000 bpd by the end of the day, the ministry added.
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Libya’s NOC chief rejects challenges to his appointment

Libya’s NOC chief rejects challenges to his appointment

TRIPOLI, (Reuters) - Libya's new National Oil Corporation (NOC) chief Farhat Bengdara rejected challenges to his appointment as most of the company's major subsidiaries publicly acknowledged his leadership and work at some shuttered fields and ports resumed. Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah of the Tripoli-based Government of National Unity (GNU) appointed Bengdara last week to replace veteran NOC chief Mustafa Sanalla, prompting Sanalla and the eastern-based parliament to reject the decision. The parliament does not recognise the GNU and analysts say the standoff over control of government risks becoming a dispute over the NOC that could lead to splits in a company globally…
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Libya’s NOC continues to do its job according to the law, it says

Libya’s NOC continues to do its job according to the law, it says

CAIRO, July 17 (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) is continuing to do its job according to the law, it said on its Facebook page on Sunday, days after the Government of National Unity (GNU) sought to replace the head of NOC and its board of directors. NOC said it will not comply with any "illegal" sacking measures from an "outgoing" government. GNU's decision on Tuesday to replace Mustafa Sanalla has aggravated Libya's political crisis and threatens to pull NOC into the factional infighting that it has mostly avoided during years of conflict. Sanalla says that Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah does…
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Libya oil chief says full output to resume after deal

Libya oil chief says full output to resume after deal

Libyan oil output will resume from all shuttered fields and ports, the Tripoli government's newly installed head of National Oil Corporation (NOC) said after meeting groups that have blockaded the facilities for months. The decision to lift force majeure on production could mean a return of 850,000 barrels per day (BPD) of oil to the market that has been shut off by the groups aligned with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah of the Government of National Unity appointed Farhat Bengdara as NOC chairman on Tuesday and he entered the state producer's headquarters on Thursday after an armed…
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Libya’s Sanalla says National Oil Corp still answers to him

Libya’s Sanalla says National Oil Corp still answers to him

 (Reuters) - Mustafa Sanalla said executives and affiliated companies of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) still recognise him as chairman after the Tripoli-based government said it had replaced him and installed a new chief in the company headquarters. Sanalla told Reuters in a phone interview that he was still in Tripoli and working on what he called “mitigation” efforts to resolve the crisis, without elaborating on what they were. He said that without international pressure, the crisis could lead to the emergence of a parallel NOC as happened during the country’s last civil war when rival administrations ruled in east…
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UPDATED: Libyan parliament rejects Tripoli’s move to sack state energy firm head

UPDATED: Libyan parliament rejects Tripoli’s move to sack state energy firm head

BENGHAZI, Libya, July 14 (Reuters) - Libya's Tripoli government said it had installed a new National Oil Corporation (NOC) chairman in the state producer's headquarters on Thursday amid a power struggle to control a company whose revenues are the source of all state funding. Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah's decision to replace veteran NOC chief Mustafa Sanalla with former central bank governor Farhat Bengdara has prompted widespread opposition from rival factions. Control of oil revenue has been the main prize for warring sides in Libya for years, with output last year reaching 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), more than 1% of global…
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Libya’s Government of National Unity to replace oil chairman Sanalla

Libya’s Government of National Unity to replace oil chairman Sanalla

TRIPOLI  (Reuters) - Libya's Government of National Unity (GNU) moved to replace the National Oil Corp (NOC) chairman and board on Tuesday as control over the state energy producer was drawn further into a complex political standoff between rival factions. According to the text of the decision confirmed to Reuters by a GNU official, Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah will replace veteran NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla with Farhat Bengdara, the central bank governor before Libya's 2011 revolution. The GNU did not announce the decision, which circulated widely in local and social media, but the Oil Ministry later welcomed the move in a statement.…
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UPDATED: UN rights mission finds ‘probable’ mass graves in Libya

UPDATED: UN rights mission finds ‘probable’ mass graves in Libya

GENEVA, July 4 (Reuters) - A U.N.-appointed mission to Libya said on Monday there are "probable mass graves" yet to be investigated, possibly as many as 100, in a town where hundreds of bodies have already been found, and it urged Tripoli to keep searching. The report to be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week details how a militia run by seven brothers executed and imprisoned hundreds of people between 2016-2020, sometimes keeping them in tiny oven-like structures called "the boxes" which were set alight during interrogations. The evidence of kidnappings, murder and torture in Tarhouna, uncovered…
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FACTBOX-The legitimacy crisis in Libya’s political institutions

FACTBOX-The legitimacy crisis in Libya’s political institutions

July 3 (Reuters) - Libyan protesters want the political authorities to quit and hold elections after previous transitional periods created institutions that clung on long after their mandates expired.  Here are Libya's main political institutions that have so far failed to overcome entrenched differences between rival authorities in the east and west of the country, a divide that emerged after the 2011 toppling of autocrat Muammar Gaddafi. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Libya's House of Representatives was elected in 2014 as the national parliament with a four-year mandate to oversee a transition to a new constitution prepared by another elected body. But the legitimacy…
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UPDATED: Protesters break into Libya’s parliament building in Tobruk

UPDATED: Protesters break into Libya’s parliament building in Tobruk

Protesters broke into Libya's parliament in Tobruk on Friday evening and set a fire in front of the building to express their anger towards Libya's warring political parties, witnesses told Reuters. Security forces protecting the parliament withdrew from the site, the witnesses added. Demonstrations took place on Friday in Tobruk, Benghazi and some smaller towns over a failure of government. Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. In 2014, it split between warring eastern and western factions before a peace process beginning in 2020 tried to knit the country back together. However, after…
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Libya’s NOC announces force majeure over two ports and oilfield

Libya’s NOC announces force majeure over two ports and oilfield

TRIPOLI, June 30 (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure at Es Sidr and Ras Lanuf ports as well as El Feel oilfield, it said in a statement. The statement added that force majeure is still in effect at the ports of Brega and Zueitina. Production has seen a sharp decline, with daily exports ranging between 365,000 and 409,000 barrels per day (bpd), a decrease of 865,000 bpd compared to production in "normal circumstances", according to the statement. Losses because of the closures exceeded 16 billion Libyan dinars ($3.32 billion), the statement said. The NOC had said on Monday…
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Bodies of 20 migrants found in Libyan desert two weeks after last contact

Bodies of 20 migrants found in Libyan desert two weeks after last contact

The bodies of 20 migrants who got lost in the Libyan desert near Chad have been found, the ambulance service said, showing pictures of them lying around a black pick up truck on the sand. The bodies were discovered by a truck driver travelling through the desert and were recovered on Tuesday about 320 km southwest of Kufra and 120 km from the border with Chad. "The driver got lost ... and we believe the group died in the desert about 14 days ago since the last call on a mobile phone there was on June 13," Kufra ambulance chief…
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Libya talks in Geneva end without breakthrough

Libya talks in Geneva end without breakthrough

Libyan legislative leaders quit talks in Geneva on a constitution and elections without reaching a deal on Thursday, pausing diplomacy to resolve a standoff that has imperilled a two-year peace process. The talks between the House of Representatives and High State Council legislative bodies were aimed at agreeing a constitutional basis and interim arrangements for elections that were originally scheduled for December 2021. Many Libyans fear that a failure to set a path to elections and resolve an existing dispute about control of an interim government will thrust the country back towards territorial division or conflict. Aguila Saleh Issa, Speaker…
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Rival Libya leaders meet in Geneva in bid to salvage elections

Rival Libya leaders meet in Geneva in bid to salvage elections

GENEVA (Reuters) - The heads of Libya's two rival legislative chambers met in Geneva on Tuesday for negotiations aimed at restoring a U.N.-led election process that fell apart last December. Agreement on national elections would represent a big step towards stopping another bout of warfare and helping to end a decade of chaos and conflict since the NATO-backed ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Both bodies are recognised under the U.N.-approved 2015 Libyan Political Agreement as the two legislative bodies, but they have been in direct confrontation with each other for most of the period since Libya split between eastern…
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Libya’s PM says he supports removal of foreign fighters

Libya’s PM says he supports removal of foreign fighters

Libya's parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha said on Wednesday his government supported removing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, guided by a committee set up to safeguard a ceasefire after the 2014-2020 conflict. In an interview with Reuters in London, where Bashagha is trying to drum up support for his government to take over in Tripoli, the leader said he was a "big supporter" of the 5+5 committee which agreed foreign fighters should be expelled. The 59-year-old said his government in the central coastal city of Sirte had begun its work despite Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was installed as prime…
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EXPLAINER-What’s behind Libya’s oil blockade

EXPLAINER-What’s behind Libya’s oil blockade

TRIPOLI, (Reuters) - A new blockade of Libyan oil facilities has greatly reduced production levels, hitting an already tight global market and adding to fears an internal political stalemate could spark new fighting. Below are details about why it is happening, who is responsible and if a deal is possible. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that thrust Libya into chaos, access to its oil wealth has become the biggest prize for all political factions and armed groups. Both small local groups and major national ones have previously shut down oil production as a tactic to demand a…
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Libya’s Bashagha says oil blockade tied to budget release

Libya’s Bashagha says oil blockade tied to budget release

Libya's oil blockade would likely end if the central bank supplies the funds for the budget that parliament approved this week, the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, told Reuters. Bashagha was sworn in by the eastern-based parliament in March but Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was installed as prime minister last year through a U.N.-backed process, has rejected its move leading to a standoff. Since April, groups in the east have forcibly closed many Libyan oil facilities to demand that Bashagha take power in the capital, blockading much of Libya's oil output and putting new pressure on world energy prices. Speaking in…
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UPDATED: Libya’s parliament approves Bashagha’s government 2022 budget -parliament spokesman

UPDATED: Libya’s parliament approves Bashagha’s government 2022 budget -parliament spokesman

BENGHAZI, June 15 (Reuters) - Libya's parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved the 2022 budget for the government it appointed in March, worth nearly 89.7 billion Libyan dinars ($18.61 billion), the parliament spokesman said.  Libya's parliament wasset to vote on Wednesday to approve a budget for the government it appointed in March despite the incumbent administration refusing to step down, a move that may accelerate a return to parallel rule. The parliament session in the central coastal city of Sirte began on Tuesday, discussing the proposed budget plan for the government of Fathi Bashagha, who has been unable to enter Tripoli and take…
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Libyan oil output collapses after wave of closures

Libyan oil output collapses after wave of closures

Libya's oil output is 100,000-150,000 barrels per day (bpd), a spokesman for the oil ministry said, a fraction of normal levels due to the shutdown of production and export facilities as a tactic in the country's political stalemate. Libyan oil output last year was more than 1.2 million bpd and the reduced production adds to the pressure on markets already squeezed by tight supply elsewhere. The oil ministry spokesman said Libya was facing a daily loss in export revenue of $70 million-80 million as a result of the shutdowns. National Oil Corporation has not recently commented on oil output. The…
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Talks on Libya elections resume in Cairo as UN voices concern over clashes

Talks on Libya elections resume in Cairo as UN voices concern over clashes

Libyan officials returned to the Egyptian capital on Sunday for a third round of talks on constitutional amendments for elections. Libya once again finds itself at a political impasse, with two rival administrations claiming legitimacy. The talks in Cairo follow clashes between rival militias that caused residents of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to panic and revived memories of previous bouts of fighting in the nation. Politicians from Libya’s parliament in the east and the High Council of State, an advisory body from western Libya, began the UN-brokered negotiations amid concerted international pressure on the two chambers to put their disputes…
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Clashes in Tripoli, U.N, Urges Efforts for Calm

Clashes in Tripoli, U.N, Urges Efforts for Calm

The United Nations mission to Libya expressed concern Saturday over clashes in Tripoli, after a night of heavy fire between militias in the capital. The latest fighting comes as Libya is once again divided between competing governments — one of which is based in Tripoli — despite more than a year of tentative steps towards unification. The cause of the violence in the seaside neighborhood was unclear, but videos circulated on social media showed families with children sheltering and fleeing as artillery fire flew across the night sky. Some accused two of the city's powerful militias of infighting.  In a…
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Libya oil shutdown expands with threat to close new port

Libya oil shutdown expands with threat to close new port

TRIPOLI, June 10 (Reuters) - A blockade of Libyan oil output by groups aligned with forces in the east of the country expanded on Thursday and Friday with the closure of two more export terminals, a threat to close another, and reduced production at a major field, engineers said. On Thursday exports were halted at the ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider. On Friday, a group urged the closure of Hariga port. Engineers at Sarir field said production had been reduced. Libyan oil output had already fallen by about half to 600,000 barrels per day after groups closed the major Sharara…
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British embassy in Libya reopens

British embassy in Libya reopens

The United Kingdom’s (UK) ambassador Caroline Hurndall has announced the reopening of its embassy in Libya after an eight-year hiatus, saying this step is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to the whole of Libya. Hurndall said on Twitter that although the embassy is based in Tripoli, the reopening remains a demonstration of British commitment to the whole of Libya on its way to achieving a permanent political settlement. Hurndall added in her opening remarks at the ceremony of reopening the embassy that if Libya is to fulfill its political and economic potential, Libya’s leaders must continue to implement the…
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UN experts: Libya’s security threatened by foreign fighters

UN experts: Libya’s security threatened by foreign fighters

Libya faces a serious security threat from foreign fighters and private military companies, especially Russia’s Wagner Group which has violated international law, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. The experts also accused seven Libyan armed groups of systematically using unlawful detention to punish perceived opponents, ignoring international and domestic civil rights laws, including laws prohibiting torture. In particular, “migrants have been extremely vulnerable to human rights abuses and regularly subjected to acts of slavery, rape and torture,” the panel said in the report to the U.N. Security Council obtained by the AP. An October 2020…
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UN adviser says Libyan joint committee reached consensus on 137 articles of draft constitution

UN adviser says Libyan joint committee reached consensus on 137 articles of draft constitution

The United Nations' secretary general's special adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, said that the Joint Committee between the Libyan House of Representatives and the High Council of State on Constitutional Track has reached "an initial consensus" on 137 articles of a draft constitution. "I am particularly pleased that you were able to agree on Chapter 2 on the rights and freedoms, as well as on the Chapters on legislative and judicial authority,' Williams said in a statement. The developments were welcomed by the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, who said that the "rapprochement between the House of Representatives and the…
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France: all parties in Libya must work together and find political solution to end violence

France: all parties in Libya must work together and find political solution to end violence

All sides involved in the unrest shaking conflict-torn Libya must work together towards finding a political solution and refrain from violence, the French foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Clashes rocked Libya's capital early on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over the government there but was forced back out by a rival administration that refuses to cede power. Clashes rocked Libya's capital early on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over government there but was forced back out by a rival administration that refuses to cede power. Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight…
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France: all parties in Libya must work together and find political solution to end violence

France: all parties in Libya must work together and find political solution to end violence

PARIS, May 18 (Reuters) - All sides involved in the unrest shaking conflict-torn Libya must work together towards finding a political solution and refrain from violence, the French foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Clashes rocked Libya's capital early on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over the government there but was forced back out by a rival administration that refuses to cede power.
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Clashes rock Tripoli as Bashagha forced from capital

Clashes rock Tripoli as Bashagha forced from capital

Clashes erupted in Libya's capital on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take over government there but was forced back by a rival administration that refuses to cede power. Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight after two months of stalemate between Libya's rival administrations, but withdrew hours later as fighting rocked the capital, his office said. The crisis risks plunging Libya back into prolonged fighting after two years of comparative peace, or returning it to partition between the eastern-backed government of Bashagha and a Tripoli administration under Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah. Political deadlock has already led to a partial blockade of Libya's oil facilities, cutting its…
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Libyan parliament says Bashagha govt should start work in Sirte

Libyan parliament says Bashagha govt should start work in Sirte

Libya's parliament wants the government it has appointed under Fathi Bashagha to be based for now in Sirte, it said, amid a stalemate over control of the capital Tripoli where another administration refuses to hand over power. The move represents the clearest acknowledgement since the parliament appointed Bashagha in March that he cannot take over in Tripoli yet with Libya paralysed by its crisis of two governments. Deadlock between Bashagha and Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was appointed prime minister last year, risks igniting a new round of conflict in Libya after two years of comparative peace, or splitting its territory again…
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Libya’s Bashagha says oil blockade over, engineers say no resumption yet

Libya’s Bashagha says oil blockade over, engineers say no resumption yet

TRIPOLI, (Reuters) - Libya's Fathi Bashagha indicated in a tweet that a partial blockade of the country's oil output was ending, but engineers in major fields said there were no orders yet to restart production. The partial blockade by eastern-based forces as a tactic in the wrangle between rival factions over control of the government has roughly halved Libya's 1.2 million barrels per day of output. Bashagha, who was appointed as prime minister by the parliament but has been unable to take over in Tripoli, tweeted a link to a video statement by a group blockading an oil field saying it had…
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Libya’s Parliament-backed PM says he discussed efforts to hold elections with U.S. officials

Libya’s Parliament-backed PM says he discussed efforts to hold elections with U.S. officials

Libya’s Parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, discussed with U.S. senior officials efforts to hold timely and transparent elections and to ”establish economic and political security,” he said in a tweet early on Wednesday. The eastern-based parliament appointed Bashagha in March, but the sitting prime minister, Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, refused to cede power leading to a prolonged standoff between the two rival governments. PHOTO - Fathi Bashagha. EPA-EFE/STRINGER
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Libya shutdowns cause 550k bpd output loss

Libya shutdowns cause 550k bpd output loss

TUNIS, April 20 (Reuters) - Libya is currently losing more than 550,000 barrels per day in oil production from blockades on major fields and export terminals, the National Oil Corporation media office said on Wednesday. The blockades by groups in southern and eastern Libya citing political demands have caused NOC to declare force majeure on output from several major fields and ports in recent days. The first field went offline on Sunday with others following on Monday and Tuesday. (Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by Jon Boyle)
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Oil rises as Libya outages add to Russia supply fears

Oil rises as Libya outages add to Russia supply fears

Oil prices rose on Monday in choppy trade, with Brent crude topping $112 a barrel, as outages in Libya deepened concern over tight global supply and the Ukraine crisis dragged on, offsetting concern over slowing Chinese demand. Adding to supply pressures from sanctions on Russia, Libya's National Oil Corp on Monday warned "a painful wave of closures" had begun hitting its facilities and declared force majeure at Al-Sharara oilfield and other sites. "With global supplies now so tight, even the most minor disruption is likely to have an outsized impact on prices," said Jeffrey Halley, analyst at brokerage OANDA. Brent…
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Libya halts operations at El Feel oilfield, Zueitina port due to protests

Libya halts operations at El Feel oilfield, Zueitina port due to protests

BENGHAZI, April 17 (Reuters) - Libya halted oil production from its El Feel oilfield on Sunday and two sources at Zueitina oil port said exports there had been suspended after protesters calling for Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah to resign took over the sites. Halting operations in El Feel and Zueitina would cripple Libya's oil production which averaged 1.21 million barrels per day before the latest outages. The force majeure on El Feel curtails the North African nation's production by 70,000 barrels per day.  Libya has had two competing governments since March when the eastern-based parliament appointed Fathi Bashagha to replace Dbeibah,…
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UPDATED: Force majeure declared in Libya at Elephant/ El Feel field, Exports suspended from Zueitina oil port

UPDATED: Force majeure declared in Libya at Elephant/ El Feel field, Exports suspended from Zueitina oil port

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, April 17 (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) declared on Sunday force majeure on oil production from the Elephant oil field, also known as El Feel, curtailing the North African nation's production by 70,000 barrels per day. The state-owned oil company said in a statement that a group of people, which it did not identify, had entered the facilities the previous day and prevented employees from working. The takeover of the field, located in the southwest of the country, appears to be an action against the Tripoli-based prime minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah. Libya has had two competing governments since March when…
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EU Operation IRINI investigated 6,355 vessels, 821 suspect flights in two years

EU Operation IRINI investigated 6,355 vessels, 821 suspect flights in two years

The EU Operation IRINI says that since last March, it has investigated 335 commercial ships, conducted three 'friendly' approaches, inspected 36 suspicious flights, and issued four recommendations to inspect suspect vessels in the ports of EU member states. The Defence Web site specialized in defence and security stated that in its two years of operation to date, IRNI had investigated over 6 200 ships, inspected 22 suspect vessels, and monitored travel activities of 821 suspicious flights as part of its mandate to ensure the implementation of the UN arms embargo against Libya. The website pointed out that IRINI confiscated one…
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Libya’s rival lawmakers start U.N.-backed talks in Egypt

Libya’s rival lawmakers start U.N.-backed talks in Egypt

Representatives of Libya's two rival parliamentary chambers began talks in Egypt this week aimed at reaching agreement on holding national elections, the United Nations Mission in Libya said. Libya has had two competing governments since March when the eastern-based parliament appointed Fathi Bashagha to replace the Tripoli-based prime minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, renewing a standoff between the east and west of the country. The other legislative body, the High Council of State, still recognises Dbeibah as prime minister. Dbeibah, who was chosen as interim prime minister a year ago in U.N.-backed talks, has refused to cede power to Bashagha. "The ultimate…
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Libya’s Bashagha says he will enter Tripoli peacefully within days

Libya’s Bashagha says he will enter Tripoli peacefully within days

TUNIS, March 31 (Reuters) - Libya's Fathi Bashagha, who was appointed prime minister by the eastern-based parliament this month, expects to take over government in Tripoli in the coming days without using force, he told Reuters, amid a weeks-long standoff between rival factions. Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was made interim prime minister a year ago in a U.N.-backed process, has refused to cede power to Bashagha after a planned election collapsed in December and remains ensconced in the capital, backed by some armed groups. After the election process fell apart, the parliament said Dbeibah's government had expired and selected Bashagha to head a…
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U.N. investigates reports of migrant mass graves, sexual abuse in Libya

U.N. investigates reports of migrant mass graves, sexual abuse in Libya

U.N. investigators are seeking to verify reports of mass graves thought to contain the corpses of migrants at a trafficking hub in Libya, they said in a report on Monday that also documented incidents of rape, murder and torture. Libya is a major transit point for Africans seeking to make the perilous journey to Europe across the Mediterranean but many instead find themselves enslaved by militias and traffickers or forced into prostitution. Several migrants told the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission that there were "mass graves" in the desert city of Bani Walid, with one testifying that he had buried three people there in…
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Turkey urges Libya to avoid steps that could renew clashes

Turkey urges Libya to avoid steps that could renew clashes

ANKARA, March 24 (Reuters) - Turkey urged Libya to refrain from any steps that would lead to renewed conflict and called on authorities to follow democratic processes, amid a crisis over control of executive power in the country. Libya's political crisis has escalated since the collapse of a scheduled election in December that was planned as part of a peace process to reunify the country after years of chaos and war following a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. Turkey has provided military support and training to Libya's former internationally recognised Government of National Accord, and helped it fight off an assault lasting…
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Libyan domestic flights to resume after political crisis closed skies

Libyan domestic flights to resume after political crisis closed skies

Libya's Global Air scheduled a Tripoli-Benghazi flight for Tuesday afternoon, signalling resumption of domestic air travel after the country's political crisis had closed airspace for more than two weeks. The United Nations had urged the reopening of Libya's skies in line with a 2020 ceasefire between the main warring factions to allow unhindered travel within the country. Libya's political crisis has escalated since the collapse of a scheduled election in December that was planned as part of a peace process to reunify the country after years of chaos and war following a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. The parliament declared the interim…
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U.N. to start Libya election rules meeting without eastern parliament

U.N. to start Libya election rules meeting without eastern parliament

The U.N. Libya mission said consultative meetings with legislators about election rules would start on Tuesday even though the eastern-based parliament has not yet named members to a joint committee on the subject. The meetings are part of an initiative by U.N. Libya adviser Stephanie Williams, backed by Western countries, to break a standoff between two rival governments in the country. Amid civil war, Libya split in 2014 between warring eastern and western factions. The High State Council, a legislative body that backed the western side, has named its six members to the committee. The U.N. mission said in a statement it expects the eastern-based House…
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U.N. warns of risks from Libya crisis

U.N. warns of risks from Libya crisis

The crisis over control of executive power in Libya could lead to instability and parallel governments, the U.N. political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday. "Libya is now facing a new phase of political polarisation, which risks dividing its institutions once again and reversing the gains achieved over the past two years," Rosemary DiCarlo said. Libya's political crisis has escalated since the collapse of a scheduled election in December that was planned as part of a peace process to reunify the country after years of chaos and war following a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. The parliament declared the interim…
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No let-up in Libya as armed convoy turns back from Tripoli after clashes feared

No let-up in Libya as armed convoy turns back from Tripoli after clashes feared

TRIPOLI  (Reuters) - An armed convoy affiliated with Libya's parliament-backed prime minister moved towards Tripoli on Thursday before turning back as he seeks a way to take office in the capital despite the incumbent refusing to cede power. The parliament swore in Fathi Bashagha as prime minister a week ago and he said on Tuesday he would arrive in Tripoli within two days, promising to take over the government there peacefully. However, an attempt to install Bashagha in the capital could ignite fighting between armed factions that support him, and others that back the incumbent Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who says he will only leave office after an…
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U.N. Libya adviser aims for elections agreement this month

U.N. Libya adviser aims for elections agreement this month

A senior United Nations Libya official is seeking agreement this month on election laws and constitutional arrangements, she told Reuters, with rival factions locked in a dangerous stand-off. Stephanie Williams said she wanted the talks between members of the parliament and High State Council, the country's two recognised legislative bodies, to take place before Ramadan, which is expected to start on April 1. Libya faces a political crisis after the parliament last week swore in a new government with the incumbent administration refusing to cede power amid the fallout from a failed attempt to hold national elections in December. Each…
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Tripoli tense amid standoff between Libya’s two rival governments

Tripoli tense amid standoff between Libya’s two rival governments

A long ceasefire has brought life back to Tripoli's Algeria Square, its roundabout replanted with grass and customers lingering into the night at the Aurora Cafe, but Libya's new crisis of two governments threatens to upend that peace. Home to the city hall, post office and a mosque converted from the colonial-era Italian cathedral, Algeria Square plays a big role in the capital's civic life. But it is also near likely front lines in a battle many Libyans fear may soon erupt. The standoff worsened this week as the parliament in the east swore in a new administration while the…
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U.N. Libya adviser seeks joint committee on constitution

U.N. Libya adviser seeks joint committee on constitution

TUNIS, March 4 (Reuters) - The United Nations Libya adviser Stephanie Williams said on Friday she had invited the parliament and High State Council to each nominate six members for a joint committee on Libya's constitutional arrangements. Libya's political process fell apart in December with the collapse of a scheduled election, with major factions and political bodies pushing opposing plans for the path ahead and backing rival governments. On Thursday the parliament based in Tobruk in eastern Libya swore in Fathi Bashagha as prime minister but the incumbent Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah in Tripoli, in the west, has refused to cede power risking a…
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