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African Leaders Call on U.N. for Intervention in Libya

Leaders in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa called Friday on the United Nations to organize an international force "to neutralize the armed groups" sowing chaos in Libya.

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Tunisia Presidential Vote nears Climax

Four years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia's presidential campaign neared its climax Friday with incumbent Moncef Marzouki facing 88-year-old favorite Beji Caid Essebsi in a runoff.

Ahead of the final day of campaigning for Sunday's landmark second-round vote, jihadists brandished a videotaped threat against the North African country's political establishment.

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Islamists Mount Air Raid near Key Libyan Oil Terminals

Islamist militias launched an air strike near key oil terminals in eastern Libya on Tuesday, stepping up a battle for the government-held facilities, a security official said.

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France Calls for Combined African Response to Jihadist Threat

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday urged African nations to combine efforts to tackle the jihadist threat, from southern Libya to Nigeria.

"Cooperation must become the rule and no longer the exception," Le Drian said at the opening of the first International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, in Senegal's capital Dakar.

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Libya Islamists Press Advance on Key Oil Region

Islamist fighters clashed with pro-government forces for the second consecutive day Sunday as they pressed an advance on a key oil region in eastern Libya, sources on both sides reported.

Separately, at least four Fajr Libya militiamen were killed and 10 wounded in an air strike by pro-government forces near the Ras Jedir border crossing with Tunisia, a military source said.

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Islamist Militias Form New Coalition in Libya's Derna

Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan town of Derna say they have formed a new coalition ahead of an expected assault by pro-government forces.

"Everybody saw what happened in Benghazi: disaster; institutions destroyed; houses demolished; mosques and universities burned by the criminal hands of Haftar's supporters," said the newly formed Mujahedeen Shura Council.

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U.N. Warns of Sahel Spillover from Libya Turmoil

The chaos in Libya, where Islamic State fighters are said to be gaining a foothold, threatens to engulf Sahel countries and must be quickly brought under control, a U.N. envoy warned Thursday.

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EU Bars Libyan Airlines from Europe's Skies

The EU barred all Libyan airlines from European airspace Thursday for fear violent clashes between warring factions mean the authorities can no longer guarantee the safety of their aircraft.

"Recent events in Libya have led to a situation whereby the Civil Aviation Authority is no longer able to fulfill its international obligations with regard to the safety of the Libyan aviation sector," EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said.

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Egypt Imposes Travel Restrictions for Turkey, Libya

Egypt has imposed restrictions on male citizens traveling to Turkey and war-torn Libya to stop them joining jihadist organizations like the Islamic State group, a security official said Wednesday.

Men aged between 18 and 40 years who plan to travel to the two countries need prior clearance from Egyptian immigration under the new rules which came into effect on December 3.

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ICC Refers Libya to Security Council over Gadhafi Son

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday referred Libya to the U.N. Security Council for not handing over fallen strongman Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam for trial.

"The chamber is of the view that it is appropriate to make a finding of non-compliance by Libya with the court's requests for cooperation at issue and refer the matter to the Security Council," the court said in a statement.

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