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Tunisian Diplomat Kidnapped in Libya

A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told Agence France Presse, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador.

A Tunisian source confirmed the abduction and identified the diplomat as Al-Aroussi Kontassi, without giving further details.

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Libyan Guard at U.S. Embassy Missing, Believed Kidnapped

A female Libyan security guard at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, who disappeared after leaving work on Monday night, was "likely" kidnapped, the mission's spokesman said.

While it was not immediately known if there was any connection with the woman's work, the news came after gunmen abducted Jordan's ambassador as he traveled to work in Tripoli Tuesday morning, shooting at his car and wounding his driver.

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Gunmen Kidnap Jordan Envoy to Libya

Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said.

It was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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U.S. Denounces Threats against Libyan PM

The United States on Monday denounced as "unconscionable" threats made against the Libyan prime minister and cabinet members, saying the country needed to move forward.

"At a time when Libya most needs political consensus to move forward its democratic transition, extortion by physical attack must not hijack the process of peaceful dialogue," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

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Libya Trial of Seif Al-Islam Gadhafi, Aides Adjourned

The Libyan trial of more than 30 top figures from Moammar Gadhafi's deposed regime opened Monday, but proceedings were adjourned as key defendants, including onetime heir apparent Seif al-Islam, were absent.

The adjournment until April 27 came just 40 minutes after the trial started, as rights groups voiced doubts that the defendants, accused of abuses during the 2011 uprising that toppled the regime, would get a fair trial.

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Wanted Jihadist Belmokhtar 'Hiding in Libya'

Fugitive jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar is hiding in Libya, from where he plans to mastermind terrorist attacks across Africa's Sahel region, security sources told Agence France Presse on Sunday.

The elusive Islamist, who staged a deadly siege of an Algerian gas plant in January last year, was said to have been killed in northern Mali two months later, although security experts have since expressed doubts over the reports.

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Libya PM Quits, Saying He was Victim of Armed Attack

Libya's prime minister Abdullah al-Thani stepped down on Sunday, saying he and his family had been the victims of a "traitorous" armed attack the previous day.

Thani quit less than a week after parliament tasked him with forming a new cabinet and a month after it ousted his predecessor for failing to rein in the lawlessness gripping the North African country.

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OPEC Chief: Libya Oil Exports to Recover to 1 mbd by Mid-June

Libya's oil exports are likely to quadruple from current levels and hit 1 million barrels per day by mid-June after rebels ended a blockade of two terminals, OPEC Secretary General Abdullah El-Badri said Friday.

"I think the first one million barrels will come in two months' time, but after a million it will take some time. Because the main challenge now is the security," El-Badri said at an international oil conference in Paris.

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Libya Opens Way to Oil Exports from Recovered Port

Libya's National Oil Co (NOC) on Thursday lifted a force majeure on a crude export terminal recovered from rebel hands, opening the way for renewed exports.

The army announced Wednesday it had taken control of al-Hariga and Zueitina ports under a deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade by rebels seeking autonomy in the country's east.

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Libya Officer Killed, Family Wounded when Car Explodes

A Libyan air force officer was killed Wednesday, and his wife and daughter seriously injured, when a bomb placed under his car exploded in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said.

In a separate incident, a jihadist leader was killed in the eastern town of Derna, which has been a stronghold of radical Islamist groups since the 2011 uprising that ended Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade rule.

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