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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. Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 revolution that ousted long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and has since been plagued by violence that has killed dozens of members of the security forces, judges and foreigners. Wednesday was the fourth day of a general strike to denounce the lack of security, as well as to call for the suspension of parliament and early elections.

Libya parliament wants new government, cabinet demands more power

By Ahmed Elumani and Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI, April 8 (Reuters) - Libya's parliament asked Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Tuesday to form a new government within a week after the cabinet demanded more powers to tackle the disorder crippling the OPEC country. The weak central government, which must be reconfirmed by parliament every two weeks, has asked for a longer mandate to deal with Libya's competing political parties, rival militias, regional demands and rebels disrupting the oil industry.

West urges rapid opening of ports under Libya oil deal

Western states on Monday called for a rapid reopening of oil terminals in eastern Libya after rebels agreed to gradually lift a nine-month blockade. The rebels seeking regional autonomy agreed Sunday to allow the reopening of two of four oil terminals which they have blockaded since July. The blockades have denied the country vital revenues, as the weak central government struggles to impose law and order following the 2011 uprising that ended Moamer Kadhafi's four-decade reign.

General strike in Libya's Benghazi over insecurity

Residents of the restive Libyan city of Benghazi observed a general strike Monday to protest against militant violence, as youths blocked streets of the capital in a show of support. It was the second day of the strike civic groups called to denounce Benghazi's lack of security, and to demand the General National Congress's suspension as well as early elections. Benghazi, the cradle of the 2011 revolt that toppled Moamer Kadhafi, has been plagued by violence that has killed dozens of members of the security forces, judges and foreigners.

Libyan rebels, government agree to reopen two occupied oil ports

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's government reached a deal with rebels on Sunday to reopen two occupied oil ports accounting for 200,000 barrels per day of crude exports in a major breakthrough to end an eight-month blockade. Zueitina and Hariga ports - the two smallest of four terminals seized by rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli and a greater share of oil wealth - will be reopened on Sunday, according to the agreement.

Libya rebels hail progress in talks on reopening oil ports

Rebels demanding autonomy for eastern Libya said Thursday they had made progress in talks with the central government on reopening key oil ports that they closed to exports last July. A rebel spokesman said a first port might reopen as early as next week, raising hopes of an end to the nine-month blockade which has slashed Libyan oil exports from 1.5 million barrels a day to just 250,000 in a massive blow to the economy.

Libya rebels hail progress in talks on reopening oil ports

Rebels demanding autonomy for eastern Libya said Thursday they had made progress in talks with the central government on reopening key oil ports that they closed to exports last July. A rebel spokesman said a first port might reopen as early as next week, raising hopes of an end to the nine-month blockade which has slashed Libyan oil exports from 1.5 million barrels a day to just 250,000 in a massive blow to the economy.

Libya sees 'good intentions' in oil port talks; rebel split seen

By Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya has seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels which could lead to the lifting of their blockage of major oil ports within days, a government minister said on Thursday.

Libya rebels hail progress in talks on reopening oil ports

Rebels demanding autonomy for eastern Libya said Thursday they had made progress in talks with the central government on reopening key oil ports they closed to exports last July. A rebel spokesman said a first port might reopen as early as next week, raising hopes of an end to a nine-month blockade Tripoli says has cost the country more than $14 billion in lost oil revenues.

Libya says could reach deal in 2-3 days to open oil ports

By Ulf Laessing and Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya could finalize an agreement in two to three days with rebels to reopen key oil ports, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, bolstering hopes for an end to an eight-month standoff that dried up petroleum revenue. Brent crude oil prices have fallen sharply since rebel leaders said their group would reach a deal within days to end the blockade of three ports that previously accounted for 600,000 barrels per day of Libyan crude exports.
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