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UN Libya talks in Geneva begin without opposition

UN Libya talks in Geneva begin without opposition

 UN-backed peace talks with one of the two formal sides of Libya's warring factions started on Wednesday in Geneva in an effort to end the country's political and security crisis. "We are starting a process, it’s going to be a long process,...

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 Aid agencies fear Libya public services collapse, hospitals suffer

Aid agencies fear Libya public services collapse, hospitals suffer

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Falling oil revenues and intensifying fighting across  Libya  mean the humanitarian situation is worsening and basic public services may collapse, aid agencies said. Three years after the overthrow and killing of Muammar Gaddafi, two...

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Iraq: 30 ISIL, four Peshmerga killed in clashes

Iraq: 30 ISIL, four Peshmerga killed in clashes

   At least 30 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants and four Iraqi Peshmerga fighters were killed in clashes in northern Iraq Saturday, a Peshmerga source said. All the casualties took place in Kuwair village located 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Erbil city....

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Tunisia blogger who 'defamed army' denied bail

Tunisia blogger who 'defamed army' denied bail

A Tunisian military court Tuesday denied bail for a blogger who is appealing his three-year jail sentence for defaming the army -- a case that has alarmed rights campaigners. The court scheduled the next hearing for Yassine Ayari on January 20. Ayari, 33, was...

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 Obama congratulates Tunisia's elected president

Obama congratulates Tunisia's elected president

President Barack Obama congratulated President Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday for his victory in Tunisia’s first presidential election under its new constitution.   In a telephone call, Obama commended Tunisians “for the spirit of peaceful compromise that has...

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 Libyan warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead

Libyan warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead

(Reuters) - A Libyan warplane from forces loyal to the internationally recognized government bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored off the coast, killing two crewmen in an escalation of hostilities between factions vying to rule the country. Military officials said the...

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Former interior minister nominated as new Tunisia premie

Former interior minister nominated as new Tunisia premie

(Reuters) - A former Tunisian interior minister has been nominated as prime minister to form a new government after an agreement among political parties in the newly elected parliament, congress speaker Mohamed Nacer said on Monday. The nominee, Habib Essid, worked in the...

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 U.N.-brokered Libya dialogue delayed again: diplomatic sources

U.N.-brokered Libya dialogue delayed again: diplomatic sources

(Reuters) - A new round of U.N.-brokered peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis in Libya has been delayed once again and will not take place early this week as originally planned, diplomatic sources said on Sunday. The United Nations had planned to hold a...

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New air strike on Libyan city Misrata, clashes near oil port

New air strike on Libyan city Misrata, clashes near oil port

(Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government on Saturday staged air strikes on the commercial port of Misrata, a western city allied to a group that holds the capital Tripoli, both sides said. Fighting was also reported near the country's biggest...

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2014: Libya's future in limbo amid violent stalemate

2014: Libya's future in limbo amid violent stalemate

Throughout 2014, Libya remained embroiled in political infighting that evolved into a violent power struggle between two rival seats of government, throwing the fractious North African country's future into uncertainty. Oil-rich Libya has been dogged by political...

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Essebsi sworn in as Tunisia's president

Essebsi sworn in as Tunisia's president

(Anadolu News Agency)- Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday took the constitutional oath as Tunisia's first democratically-elected President following a 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Essebsi, who served as a parliament speaker under Ben Ali,...

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 Fire at Libyan oil port destroys up to 1.8 million barrels of crude

Fire at Libyan oil port destroys up to 1.8 million barrels of crude

(Reuters) - A fire raging for almost a week at Libya's biggest oil port of Es Sider has destroyed up to 1.8 million barrels of crude and damaged seven storage tanks, causing total damage of $213 million, a top oil official said on Tuesday. The Es Sider terminal and nearby Ras...

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First air strikes hit Libyan city of Misrata

First air strikes hit Libyan city of Misrata

  Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have for the first time carried out air strikes on targets in the third largest city of Misrata, which is allied to an armed group that seized the capital in the summer. The internationally recognised Prime...

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Béji Caïd Essebsi: My three goals as Tunisia’s president

Béji Caïd Essebsi: My three goals as Tunisia’s president

By Béji Caïd Essebsi is president-elect of Tunisia. Tunisia’s extraordinary political experience since the Arab Spring stands as a testimony to the openness, tolerance and moderation that Tunisians owe to their 3,000-year history as a Mediterranean state crisscrossed by...

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Without help, Libya could become next Syria, foreign minister says

Without help, Libya could become next Syria, foreign minister says

(Reuters) - Libya , torn by a growing political divide that threatens to engulf its oilfields, could become the next Syria if it does not patch its divided government and get help battling Islamic militants, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday. "If we don’t do the...

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Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens: U.N.

Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens: U.N.

(Reuters) - Hundreds of civilians in Libya have been killed in fighting since late August, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning commanders of armed groups that they could face prosecution for possible war crimes including executions and torture. The North African...

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Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

(Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Essebsi beat rival and incumbent Moncef...

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Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

(Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results are not due until Monday...

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