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Ten Dead in New Air Raid on Libyan Militia near Tripoli

An unidentified warplane bombarded Islamist militia positions near Tripoli airport overnight, leaving at least 10 people dead, a spokesman for an alliance of Libyan militias said on Saturday.

The aircraft targeted an army base to the south of Tripoli and a nearby warehouse, Mohammed al-Ghariani, spokesman for Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn), said on An-Nabaa television station.

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Libya Football Stadium Hosts Videotaped Execution

An Islamist armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty said Friday highlighted the country's descent into lawlessness.

The video of the execution in the eastern city of Derna was posted on social media websites, including YouTube.

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170 Migrants Feared Lost at Sea Off Libya

A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 170 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli.

"We are looking for 170 African passengers on a wooden boat that has foundered off the Guarakouzi area" some 60 kilometers (35 miles) east of Tripoli, coastguard official Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told Agence France-Presse.

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Tunisian Fishermen Rescue 75 Migrants Drifting at Sea

Tunisian fishermen rescued 75 migrants on Thursday who had been drifting at sea for five days after leaving Libya aboard an inflatable in a bid to reach Italy, survivors told AFP.

The migrants from Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria had left the Libyan port of Zwara and were hoping to reach the Italian coast but were caught in a storm and got lost at sea, one of the Bangladeshis said.

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Libya Shuts 2 TV Stations Taken Over by Islamists

Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said Tuesday.

"The authorities have closed 'Libya al-Wataniya' which had been under the control of the provisional government and 'Libya al-Ramia' which was the voice of parliament," the official said, asking not to be named.

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Splits Emerge between Libyan Islamists and Jihadists

Splits between jihadists and less extreme Islamists are appearing in Benghazi, cradle of the Libyan uprising, as jihadists achieve success on the ground and the Islamists try to organize, analysts say.

Islamists of good standing, seen as close to the Muslim Brotherhood, set the ball rolling on Saturday by announcing the formation of a shura or consultative council to "find solutions to the problems of the city" of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

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Blasts in Libyan Capital as Mystery Jets Fly over

Two unidentified aircraft flew over Libya's capital before dawn on Monday and loud explosions were heard, days after fresh clashes between militias prompted hundreds of people to flee.

A statement by the provisional government, which lacks any real authority, said it was not known whose aircraft had attacked militia positions.

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U.N. Condemns Fresh Clashes in Libyan Capital

The United Nations condemned a new round of fighting between rival militias around Tripoli international airport, saying the clashes were undermining Libya's political process.

Since mid-July, Libya has been rocked by fierce and deadly fighting between militias that has prompted an exodus of foreign nationals from the oil-rich North African country.

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Philippines to Continue Repatriations from Libya

The Philippines will work to repatriate thousands more of its nationals from Libya after more than 700 were ferried to safety on a chartered ship, the presidential palace said Sunday.

President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma said "the commitment of the government is to continue to work for the rescue of all the Filipinos in dangerous situations in other countries".

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U.N. Chief Names New Head of Libya Mission

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Spanish diplomat Bernardino Leon to be his special envoy for Libya and lead the U.N. mission in the troubled country.

Leon, who served as the European Union's special envoy for Libya, replaces Tarek Mitri of Lebanon who was head of the U.N. support mission for Libya (UNSMIL) since 2012.

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