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Libya PM says he plans cabinet reshuffle

TRIPOLI - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Wednesday he would soon announce a major cabinet reshuffle, after calls in the assembly for a vote of no confidence in his government. "There will be a large ministerial reshuffle next week or the week after," Zeidan said at a news conference. He said the portfolios affected would include that of interior minister, vacant since Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh resig ...

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Libya again threatens use of force to end oil blockade

DOHA- Libyan Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi on Saturday issued a renewed threat of force to lift a months-long blockade of oil terminals by striking autonomists. "The government is making every effort to hold talks with those blockading the terminals," he told journalists on the sidelines of a conference in Doha of the Organisation of Arab Oil Exporting Countries. "But all options, including the military o ...

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Libya PM warns foreign forces may act to halt chaos

TRIPOLI- Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned Libyans of the possibility of foreign powers intervening unless the country's current chaos ends, in an appeal Sunday aimed at rallying his campaign against militias. "The international community cannot tolerate a state in the middle of the Mediterranean that is a source of violence, terrorism and murder," said Zeidan. Citing the example of Iraq, he warned against " ...

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Two die in Libya as militias clash in capital

By Imed Lamloum Tripoli — At least two people died in overnight clashes between militias in the centre of the Libyan capital, the health ministry said Friday, terrorising residents and underlining the country's instability. The fighting that erupted late Thursday was the latest sign of the growing lawlessness that has plagued Libya since NATO-backed rebels overthrew and killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhaf ...

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Clashes kill five in Libya

TRIPOLI– Conflict escalates after death of Libyan rebel leader Nuri Feryuan on Monday. Five people were killed and 22 wounded in clashes between militiamen and Libyan forces in capital Tripoli late Thursday. The conflict erupted in Tripoli a few days ago after the death of rebel commander Nuri Feryuan. Clashes have then intensified in the Zawiyat al-Dahmani and Suq al-Juma neighbourhoods of eastern Tripoli. ...

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Militia tries to storm Tripoli district, one killed

TRIPOLI- Violence erupted when militiamen from Misrata tried to storm an eastern Tripoli district to revenge the death of their commander. Violent clashes erupted between militiamen and Libyan forces in capital Tripoli late Thursday, killing one person and wounding 11 others. The violence erupted when militiamen from the western city of Misrata tried to storm the eastern Suq al-Juma district of Tripoli to r ...

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Libya militias clash after leader dies: security official

TRIPOLI - Members of two Libyan militias clashed in Tripoli Thursday after the death of one of their leaders, witnesses and security officials said as intense gunfire could be heard in the capital. The clashes erupted after militia chief Nuri Friwan died from wounds he incurred at a checkpoint manned by former rebels from Soug al-Jomaa, an eastern Tripoli district. To avenge his death armed members of the M ...

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Denmark, UK to provide training for Libyan soldiers

COPENHAGEN- Danish Minister of Defense Nicolai Wammen declared that Danish and British soldiers would train Libyan soldiers in the United Kingdom (UK). Wammen issued a statement saying about 60 Danish soldiers would provide training for Libyan soldiers upon proposal of the UK in 2014. The training project was demanded by Libyan authority, which would contribute to reformation of Libya, said the minister. In ...

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ENI warns may stop gas exports from Libya to Italy

ROME - Protesters have blocked access to a major gas terminal in Libya, the head of Italian oil and gas giant ENI said Wednesday, warning it may be forced to stop exports to Italy altogether. ENI is the biggest foreign oil company in Libya and runs a pipeline to Sicily from the Mellitah gas terminal in the troubled country. "What we are worried about at the moment is the Mellitah terminal, which has been at ...

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Kadhafi’s jailed son appears on Libya TV

Tripoli — Slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, wanted by the International Criminal Court, has appeared on television from his cell in a prison southwest of the capital. He gave brief answers to three questions from a journalist for Alassema television late Tuesday, confirming that he was allowed to receive visitors and was in good health. Asked if he wanted to be tried in Tripoli or Zint ...

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48 missing Egypt migrants found in Libya desert

BENGHAZI, Libya - Forty-eight Egyptian illegal immigrants who went missing in the desert of eastern Libya at the start of the week were found by the Libyan air force on Friday, a security official said. Dozens of Egyptians entered Libya but were abandoned on Monday by smugglers on the desert road between Tobruk and Ajdabiya. One of the group managed to reach a town and alert the Libyan authorities, who laun ...

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Libya coastguard rescues 84 migrants at sea

TRIPOLI - Libya's coastguard has rescued 84 illegal immigrants from Africa in the sea off Tripoli, Lana news agency quoted a maritime official as saying on Thursday. "The Libyan coastguard supported by special forces of the Navy rescued 84 illegal migrants of various African nationalities whose boat had broken down in the sea north of Tripoli" late on Wednesday, the official said. "All of the migrants are h ...

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