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Libya MPs Reject Govt. Lineup, Want Crisis Team

Libya's parliament rejected Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's proposed 18-member cabinet Thursday, calling for a slimline "crisis" team of not more than 10 ministers, a deputy said.

Thani and the internationally-recognized parliament, elected in June, are in virtual domestic exile in the far eastern city of Tobruk because of widespread insecurity, including in the capital, where a rival administration has been set up.

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Libya Ex-Air Force Chief Murdered in Benghazi

A former Libyan air force chief was shot dead overnight in the country's violence-ridden second city of Benghazi, medical and army sources said on Thursday.

"Unidentified gunmen killed former air force chief of staff general Ahmed Habib al-Mesmari in the Al-Hadaek district" in the city center, a senior air base officer in Benghazi told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Libya PM Presents New Cabinet to Rival Tripoli Govt.

Libya's internationally recognized premier presented Wednesday a new cabinet to parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk, in opposition to a Tripoli government, as the strife-torn country's political divisions deepened.

The administration of Abdullah al-Thani and parliament, elected in June, both moved to Tobruk in August for security reasons when Islamist-backed militias captured most of the capital Tripoli and second city Benghazi.

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Libya Islamists Launch New Assault on Benghazi Airport

Islamist fighters launched another offensive Wednesday on the airport in Libya's Benghazi, the final redoubt in the eastern city of an ex-general who has been waging war on them, an AFP correspondent said.

The fighters of the Shura Revolutionary Council, which includes the Islamist Ansar al-Sharia group, have been trying since early September to capture the facility, which houses both civilian and military airfields.

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Renegade General Claims Jet Raid on Libya Militia Position

A warplane carried out an air raid Monday on a military base in western Libya held by anti-government militias, in an attack claimed by renegade former general Khalifa Haftar.

State news agency LANA said 15 people were lightly wounded as the raid hit a munitions depot in the town of Gharyan, 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital.

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Dozens of Migrants Missing in Sinking Off Libya Coast

Dozens of African migrants were missing and feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, a Libyan navy spokesman told Agence France Presse on Monday.

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Libya Central Bank Governor Fired over 'Irregularities'

The new parliament in Libya, where rival administrations are vying for power, announced Sunday the dismissal of central bank governor Seddik al-Kabir following allegations of financial irregularities.

"The governor was summoned to appear before parliament after allegations of financial irregularities. Mr Kabir did not appear so MPs voted to have him dismissed," Fradj Abu Hashem, spokesman for Libya's internationally recognized parliament, told Agence France Presse

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At Least 2 Dead, 6 Rescued from Shipwreck near Malta

A young girl was one of at least two migrants who drowned and six more were rescued when their boat sank on Friday in the Mediterranean Sea, Greek port police said.

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U.S. Denies Threatening Foley Family over Raising Ransom

The United States on Friday denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release, insisting the government did everything possible to bring him home.

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Libya PM Says 'Only 7' Citizens Held in UAE

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani acknowledged Wednesday that the UAE has arrested seven Libyans, after reports that the Gulf state has detained 30.

"Only seven people" were being held in the United Arab Emirates, Thani told reporters in Abu Dhabi.

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