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Libyan forces step up patrols to stop Islamic State regrouping

MISRATA, Libya Libya forces allied with U.N.-backed government who last year defeated Islamic State in Sirte are increasing patrols to stop the militants regrouping and threatening to launch attacks on the port city of Misrata, a military commander said.

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Libya invites Italy into its waters to fight human trafficking 1:50pm BST

ROME Libya's Tripoli-based government has invited Italian war ships into its territorial waters to support the fight against human trafficking, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday.

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Libya's PM, eastern commander commit to ceasefire, election 11:23am BST

CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, France Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring in talks chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

Libya's al-Serraj, Haftar commit to ceasefire at talks in France 25 Jul 2017

PARIS Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar on Tuesday committed to a conditional ceasefire and to elections in a joint declaration after talks near Paris.

Rescue ship collects 13 bodies from migrant boat off Libyan coast 25 Jul 2017

ROME A humanitarian rescue ship on Tuesday found 13 dead bodies on a rubber boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying more than 160 migrants, charity group Proactiva Open Arms said.

Italy upset over French diplomatic intervention in Libya 24 Jul 2017

ROME A French diplomatic initiative aimed at resolving Libya's long-running crisis angered Italian officials on Monday, who saw it as another example of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron snubbing Rome.

Rights group calls for probe into Libyan forces after execution video shown 24 Jul 2017

CAIRO Libya officials should investigate and dismiss forces involved in atrocities, a human rights group said on Monday, after a video appeared on social media purportedly showing a military unit executing 20 suspected militants.

Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants off the coast - official 24 Jul 2017

TRIPOLI Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children on Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said.

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France to host talks with Libya's premier, military leader 24 Jul 2017

PARIS France said it will host talks on Tuesday between Fayez al-Serraj, head of Libya's U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, and Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander in the divided country's east who has so far rejected his authority.

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Libyan premier, rival eastern commander to meet in Paris - source 23 Jul 2017

CAIRO The head of Libya's U.N.-backed government will hold talks in Paris this week with a powerful military commander who has so far rejected his authority, a diplomatic source said.