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Libya's Ansar al-Sharia chief dead: Islamist websites

The head of Libya's Ansar al-Sharia jihadist group, whose fate has been a mystery since fighting in October, was mortally wounded then, Islamist websites and an army officer said Saturday.

Mohamed al-Zehawi "was killed in Benina clashes near the Benghazi airport, southeast of the city," the Islamist militias February 17 Martyrs and Rafallah al-Sahati Brigades said on Facebook.

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New Libya Case Reveals UK-Kadhafi Intelligence Ties

Britain allowed Libyan intelligence agents to operate on British soil during Moamer Kadhafi's regime, enabling them allegedly to intimidate political opponents seeking asylum, media reports said Friday.

The claim is based on an analysis of files unearthed from Kadhafi's archives after his fall in 2011, which cast fresh light on the cooperation between Britain and Libya, The Guardian and Daily Mail newspapers said.

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'Possibility' for New Libya Peace Talks in Geneva next Week, Says U.N.

A new round of peace talks between Libya's warring factions will possibly take place in Geneva next week, the United Nations said Friday.

There is no confirmation yet where or when the next round of Libyan peace talks will take place, but "there is a possibility that they come back to Geneva next week," U.N. spokeswoman Corinne Momal-Vanian told reporters.

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Italian Doctor Reported Missing in Libya

An Italian doctor in his seventies who worked in a hospital in Tripoli has gone missing in Libya, Italian media reported on Thursday.

The foreign ministry in Rome told AFP it had activated "all the search channels possible" and was "addressing the issue with the usual discretion".

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Gunmen Kill Security Chief in Libya's Sirte

Armed men shot dead Thursday the head of security in the Islamist-held coastal city of Sirte, hometown of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, a security source said.

Colonel Senussi Kaiba was killed along with his driver when gunmen opened fire at their car in a residential area of the city, the source said.

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Libyan OPEC Representative Missing in Tripoli

A Libyan senior oil official who represents his company in the OPEC cartel is believed to have been abducted in the militia-held capital Tripoli, a company official said Tuesday.

Samir Salim Kamal, an engineer with the National Oil Company who is also Libya's governor for OPEC, has not been seen since Thursday when he left the company's offices.

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Libya Recognized Government Army Declares Ceasefire

Libya's army announced a ceasefire Sunday, joining an Islamist-backed militia alliance in declaring a truce that the U.N. hailed as a "significant" step towards ending months of violence.

"We declare a ceasefire from midnight (2200 GMT) Sunday," the army said, stressing however that it would continue to pursue "terrorists", as U.N.-brokered peace talks resume in Geneva next week.

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IS Claims Bomb Attack on Algerian Embassy in Libya

Assailants lobbed explosives at Algeria's embassy in the Libyan capital Saturday, wounding three people, a security official said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

The IS Libya branch said "soldiers of the caliphate" attacked the empty mission in a message posted on Twitter, together with a photograph of a tree-lined street with a fire in the background.

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EU Hails Libya Peace Move, Urges More Talks

The European Union on Saturday hailed an accord between Libya's warring factions on creating a roadmap toward a unity government, but said there was still a "long way to go" to bring peace to the country.

The factions fighting for control over Libya agreed on an "agenda" to form the unity government after two days of U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva, the United Nations said Friday.

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Militia Coalition Announces Libya Ceasefire

An Islamist-backed militia alliance on Friday announced a ceasefire in conflict-strewn Libya, following a breakthrough at UN-brokered peace talks between warring factions.

The militias have agreed to "a ceasefire on all fronts" in the North African country on condition that "the other parties respect the truce", Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) said in a statement.

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