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Libya Power Handover Agreed as Airport Battle Rages On

The General National Congress, which has governed violence-wracked Libya since dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow, said Wednesday it will hand over legislative power to a newly elected parliament on August 4.

But hopes that the announcement would signal an end to fighting among rival factions were dashed as a more than week-long battle intensified for control of Tripoli airport.

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Italy Arrests Five over Migrant 'Massacre' at Sea

Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reported.

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Clashes between Libya Army, Islamists Kill 16

Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told Agence France Presse Tuesday.

"Most of the dead and injured are soldiers. Three civilians, including an Egyptian, were killed when a rocket hit their house," a hospital source said on condition of anonymity.

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U.S. Condemns Attack on Egyptian Soldiers

The United States on Monday condemned a weekend attack on an Egyptian border checkpoint which left 21 soldiers dead, and vowed to keep up support for Egypt's security.

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Liberals Set to Oust Islamists in Libya Parliament

Liberal factions appear to be the big winners in Libya's new parliament after the announcement of election results on Monday, analysts said.

The electoral commission finally announced the results of the winners of individual seats in the June 25 poll a day late and at a time when rival factions are involved in clashes for control of Tripoli airport.

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Philippine Worker Beheaded in Libya

Suspected militiamen have beheaded a Philippine worker in Libya after singling him out because he was not a Muslim, the Philippine Foreign Department said Monday.

Department spokesman Charles Jose said this reinforced the government's order to all Filipinos to evacuate the country because of the worsening security situation.

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Battle for Libya Airport Leaves at Least 47 Dead

Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libya's main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the health ministry said Monday had left at least 47 dead in a week.

The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until Saturday.

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Egypt Vows to Punish Attackers in Checkpoint Assault

Egypt vowed on Sunday to punish the attackers who killed 21 border guards in its western desert near the frontier with restive Libya.

Militants firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine-guns attacked a checkpoint, 630 kilometers (390 miles) west of Cairo, on Saturday killing 21 soldiers and wounding another four.

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Islamists Mount 'Heaviest' Assault on Libya Airport

Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault Sunday on Libya's main airport, two days after the collapse of a truce with rival ex-rebels who control the facility, a security official said.

The renewed fighting, which killed at least one civilian, was condemned by the European Union, which urged restraint and dialogue.

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Fresh Fighting near Libya Main Airport despite Truce

Fighting between powerful militias battling for control of Tripoli's airport broke out again on Friday, just hours after they had agreed a truce, an airport official and witnesses said.

The clashes came as the government sought United Nations help to prevent the country from becoming a "failed state."

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