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Amnesty: Libya Militias Commit 'Mounting War Crimes'

Pro-government and rebel militias vying for control of western Libya are committing war crimes including torturing detainees and targeting civilians, Amnesty International said Thursday. 

Libya is being rocked by fighting between militias in the west and in second city Benghazi, where troops are trying to dislodge Islamists who control most of what was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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Libya PM Says Ready for Talks with Militia Foes

Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani said Wednesday he was ready to talk to militias who control most of his country if "all sides" made concessions.

Thani's government took refuge in the remote eastern town of of Tobruk in August after Islamist-led militia seized the capital Tripoli and then set up a rival administration.

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Niger's Embassy in Libya 'Surrounded' by Heavily Armed Militia

Niger said Tuesday its embassy in Libya was surrounded by heavily armed militias, possibly in response to unfounded rumors that Nigerien forces had entered the Libyan embassy in Niamey.

The militias encircled the mission in the capital Tripoli in the early hours of Tuesday, resulting in "diplomatic personnel, including the ambassador, being confined," the secretary general of Niger's foreign ministry, Abani Sani Ibrahim, told reporters.

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U.N. Libya Envoy 'Seriously Concerned' over Unabated Fighting

The U.N. envoy to Libya expressed serious concern Tuesday about violence in the country, calling again for a ceasefire as a car exploded outside a police station in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Libya has been rocked by fighting between militias in the west and in Benghazi, where troops are trying to dislodge Islamists who control most of what was the cradle of the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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Libya PM Says Ready for Talks with Militia Foes

Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani said Wednesday he was ready to talk to militias who control most of his country if "all sides" made concessions.

Thani's government took refuge in the remote eastern town of of Tobruk in August after Islamist-led militia seized the capital Tripoli and then set up a rival administration.

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Jihadists Flock to Libya's Remote South to Train

Libya's remote desert south has become a haven for north African jihadists who have set up training camps in what has traditionally been a hotbed of arms smuggling, experts say.

Oil-rich Libya slid into chaos after veteran dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled and killed in a NATO-backed uprising three years ago.

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Six 'Militants' Killed Ahead of Key Tunisia Polls

A raid by Tunisian security forces on an armed group near the capital Friday left six suspected militants dead, including five women, fanning tensions days ahead of a landmark election.

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police will be deployed for Sunday's parliamentary polls -- the first since an uprising three years ago that inspired the Arab Spring revolutions.

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Tunisia Closes Libya Border for Election

Tunisia, fearing possible terrorist attacks, will close its border with politically unstable Libya for three days to coincide with this weekend's parliamentary election, the government said Thursday.

The Ras Jedir and Dehiba border crossings would be closed from Friday through election day Sunday for people travelling from Libya, except for diplomatic missions and in "exceptional and urgent cases," a statement said.

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Libya Government Calls for Civil Disobedience in Tripoli

The internationally recognized Libyan government called Tuesday for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces retake the capital from militias who seized it.

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani's cabinet said on its Facebook page that it has ordered Libya's armed forces "to advance on Tripoli to liberate it and state institutions from the grip of armed groups".

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75 Killed in Five Days of Fighting in Libya's Benghazi

Nine people were killed Sunday in new violence in Benghazi where pro-government forces have launched an offensive against Islamist militias, raising the toll to 75 dead in five days, medics said.

In the latest violence a woman was killed in a bomb attack that targeted the vacant house of former general Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the offensive launched Wednesday, a military source said.

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