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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.

Libya's government, rebels agree to reopen two occupied oil ports: minister

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's government has reached a deal with federalist rebels to reopen the occupied Zueitina and Hariga oil ports, which account for around 200,000 barrels per day of crude exports, the justice minister said on Sunday. The reopening of two terminals will be a major breakthrough in the eight-month blockade of key ports by rebels that has cost the OPEC country billions of dollars in lost oil revenues.

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 jihadists to impose Islamic law in radical town

A jihadist group in Libya says it plans to take over security in the restive eastern town of Derna and impose sharia Islamic law, in a posting on Facebook. Witnesses said the group "Majlis Shura of Islamist Youth in Derna" staged a show of force on Friday, parading through the town armed to the teeth. Photographs on the group's Facebook page show dozens of masked men in military uniform in pickup trucks, armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers, machineguns and anti-aircraft cannon. They also brandish black and white jihadist banners.

Libya's Benghazi hit by strike over security problems

Libya's restive eastern city of Benghazi was hit by a day of "civil disobedience" on Sunday that saw some public buildings close and included disruption to air traffic. Civic groups late on Saturday urged the action to denounce security problems in the nation's second city more than three years after the onset of the revolution that ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi. They also demanded the suspension of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC), the country's highest political authority, and the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections.

Oil prices rise on jobs report, low Libya output

Oil prices advanced Friday due to a solid US jobs report and continued doubt about the prospects for a full recovery of Libyan exports. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for May delivery rose 85 cents to finish at $101.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. European benchmark Brent oil for May delivery increased 57 cents to $106.72 a barrel in London.

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.
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