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Libya PM Serraj will not sit down with rival Haftar to end war

16 Jun 2019

TRIPOLI Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said on Sunday he was not prepared to sit down with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to negotiate an end to the two-month offensive against Tripoli.

Total, other foreign firms seek to renew Libya licenses

14 Jun 2019

TRIPOLI France's Total and other foreign firms have started to renew their business licenses with Libya's internationally recognized government to keep operating in the country, the Tripoli-based economy minister told Reuters.

Tripoli's children struggle to study as war reaches the capital

13 Jun 2019

TRIPOLI For 13-year-old Taha Aboud, who dreams of becoming an engineer, war in Libya's capital Tripoli has meant his family fleeing their home and him missing studies as they searched for a new school.

UPDATE 1-Libya's NOC says 80 soldiers entered Ras Lanuf terminal, taken over building

13 Jun 2019

TRIPOLI, June 13 - Military forces led by an eastern commander have entered the Ras Lanuf terminal and commandeered a building and meals for oil workers, Libya's state oil firm NOC said on Thursday, warning it could withdraw its staff from the port for security reasons.

Shutting up shop - Libyan conflict squeezes southern Tunisia

10 Jun 2019

BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia Standing in his one-room store between tables stacked with brightly coloured t-shirts and jeans, Fathi Mars gestures in despair.

Snatched selfies along Libya's frontline point to long war

10 May 2019

TRIPOLI Fighters allied to Libya's U.N.-backed government posted selfies from a barracks one day last month to mark their progress in a battle for Tripoli.

Libya's Haftar orders troops to fight harder during Ramadan

06 May 2019

BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson, because the Muslim month of Ramadan that begins on Monday was a month of holy war.

Stalemate persists in Tripoli after overnight fighting, more civilians flee

03 May 2019

TRIPOLI Fighting raged in the battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, with neither faction able to secure gains as an offensive by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar entered its fifth week, killing almost 400 people and displacing 50,000.

Beans or brioche - breakfast is divisive in Libyan conflict

03 May 2019

TRIPOLI Coffee and a pastry covered in chocolate, honey and almonds or a savoury bean stew sandwich with juice or a fizzy drink.

As assault grinds on, Tripoli lawmakers reject offensive by UAE ally

02 May 2019

TRIPOLI Lawmakers loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government on Thursday denounced an attack on Tripoli by an ally of the United Arab Emirates and defended their record in fighting terrorism, after the Gulf state said "extremist militias" ruled the capital.

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