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Rival Libyan Leaders Back Ceasefire, Elections at France Talks

The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya agreed Tuesday to a ceasefire and committed to holding elections that French President Emmanuel Macron said would take place in spring 2018.

Macron said Libya's U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar, the military commander based in the east of the vast country, had shown "historic courage" in talks outside Paris.

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Key Challenges in Putting an End to Libya's Chaos

France is hosting a rare meeting on Tuesday between Libya's U.N.-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and military strongman Khalifa Haftar who backs a rival administration in the east.

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HRW Says Haftar's Forces Linked to War Crimes

Forces commanded by a Libyan military strongman fighting to oust jihadists from second city Benghazi may have committed war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

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Libya PM Convoy Comes under Fire in Tripoli

A convoy carrying Libya's contested unity government chief, Fayez al-Sarraj, and other top officials came under heavy gunfire Monday in Tripoli, but they survived unharmed, spokesmen for his administration said.

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Egypt Says Libya Rivals Agree to Explore Ways to End Rift

Rival powers in Libya have agreed to form a committee to explore amending a U.N.-backed deal to end the country's political turmoil, Egypt announced on Wednesday after hosting talks.

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Jihadists Lose Ground around Libya's Second City

Forces loyal to Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar battling jihadists around second city Benghazi said Wednesday they had taken one of the last remaining strongholds of the militants.

Haftar's self-declared Libyan National Army (LNA) "liberated all of Qanfouda", an area 15 kilometres (nine miles) west of the centre of Benghazi, spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari posted on Facebook.

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Libya Pipeline Deal Set to Boost Output

Protesters who shut off two Libyan oil pipelines, one for more than two years, have lifted their blockade, paving the way for a production boost, the National Petroleum Company said.

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U.S. Says French Strike Likely Killed al-Qaida Ally Belmokhtar

Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of al-Qaida's key allies in North Africa, is thought to have been killed in a French air strike, a U.S. official said Monday.

The official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, confirmed a report in the Wall Street Journal that U.S. intelligence had helped France target the jihadist. 

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Tunisia Finds 4 Arms Caches near Libya Border

Tunisian authorities have discovered four arms caches in the south of the country near the border with war-ravaged Libya and seized large quantities of weapons, security sources said Monday.

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Over 100 Dead in New Migrant Tragedy Off Libya, 2nd Wreck Feared

At least 110 people are feared to have drowned off Libya when a migrant boat capsized, and more may have died in another stricken vessel, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Thursday, citing survivor testimonies.

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