Libya

    • Tripoli threatens to suspend activities of foreign firms

      Tripoli threatens to suspend activities of foreign firms

      Libya’s internationally recognised government asked 40 foreign firms to renew their licences or have their operations suspended, pressuring Europe to stop an eastern military offensive against Tripoli, news wires reported. The firms, including French oil major Total, have three months to renew their licences, the economy and industry ministry said in a decree, after an official earlier said their operations had been suspended.

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    • Libya crisis escalates, death toll rises

      Libya crisis escalates, death toll rises

      At least 32 people have been killed and around 50 wounded in fighting with strongman Khalifa Haftar's troops near Tripoli, the UN-backed government announced on Monday. Fierce clashes raged on Sunday near Tripoli between pro-Haftar fighters and troops loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). The clashes came despite calls by the United Nations and the United States for an urgent ceasefire.

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    • Italy donates further 12 patrol vessels to Libya

      Italy donates further 12 patrol vessels to Libya

      The Italian parliament approved on Monday a plan to donate another 12 patrol vessels to the Libyan coastguard to help push back migrants setting sail for Europe. They will join four Italian boats already given to Libya. The plan is backed by the EU, which has funded the training of 237 Libyan coastguard officers to command the boats.

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