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Libya to export first oil since rebel deal

LONDON (Reuters) - A tanker is due to load 1 million barrels of crude on Tuesday from Libya's reopened Hariga port, its first export shipment since a deal to end months of closures at its main oil terminals, the National Oil Corp. (NOC) said. The outages have raised supply concerns on global markets and helped support the price of Brent crude futures. Brent fell toward under $109 a barrel on Tuesday on the developments in Libya.

Libya's western Zawiya oil port, refinery shut by protests

By Feras Bosalum and Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's bid to resume normal oil exports after blockades at eastern ports that have lasted months stumbled on Friday when the oil terminal and refinery at Zawiya in the west were closed by fresh protests. A blockade by local citizens late on Thursday prevented oil workers from discharging several oil product deliveries and forced the 120,000-barrel-per-day refinery to shut down, according to a government statement and a state oil company spokesman.

Libya's NOC keeps force majeure in place at eastern oil ports

By Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) has yet to lift force majeure at the eastern ports of Zueitina and Hariga following a deal with federalist rebels to reopen them after a nine-month blockade, an oil ministry official said on Tuesday. "Force majeure is still in place, it has not been lifted. NOC has not instructed the ports to export oil yet," Ibrahim al-Awami said.

Libyan protesters block oil pipeline to Mellitah port as strikes widen

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan protesters have blocked a pipeline carrying oil condensates from the southwestern al-Wafa oilfield to the Mellitah export port, state-owned National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Thursday. The action, the latest in a wave of protests paralyzing oilfields and ports across the North African country, knocks out one of the last oil export lines for the cash-strapped government.

Eni's Scaroni optimistic Libya gas secure in case Russia supplies hit, but amounts still small

MILAN - The CEO of Italian energy company Eni says he's optimistic that Italy has a secure gas supply from Libya in case imports from Russia are hurt by sanctions. But the amounts, analysts warn, are dwarfed by the size of Russian supplies.

Football: Beckenbauer joins Libyan Africa cup stadium launch

German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer attended a ceremony in Libya's capital Wednesday for the laying of the foundation stone of a stadium to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan laid the stone in an eastern suburb for a tournament Libya is determined to host, despite a raft of security problems plaguing the country since the overthrow and killing in 2011 of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Libya ex-rebels give MPs ultimatum to quit

Powerful ex-rebel militias from the Libyan town of Zintan gave parliament a tight evening deadline to quit on Tuesday, threatening to kidnap any lawmaker who ignored it. "We are giving the (General National) Congress, whose mandate has expired, five hours to hand over power," said the militia commanders, indicating a deadline of around 1930 GMT. Zintan, in the mainly Berber highlands southwest of Tripoli, was one of the bastions of the NATO-backed uprising that ousted and killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

Libya unveils plan to remove militias from Tripoli

Libya's government announced Tuesday plans to remove militias from the capital and eventually integrate them into the security forces, after a weekend of deadly clashes between militiamen and residents. As a first step, the authorities would try to determine exactly how many militias are operating in Tripoli, their sizes and the weapons they hold, according to the plan communicated to the General National Congress.

Berber protesters end blockade of Libya-Italy gas pipeline

Berber protesters have ended their occupation of a gas terminal in western Libya that prompted the shutdown of an export pipeline to Italy, Libya's National Oil Company said on Saturday. The protesters called off their more than two-week sit-in at the Mellitah terminal near Zwara, west of Tripoli, late on Friday but it will take longer to reopen the pipeline, NOC spokesman Mohamed al-Harairi told AFP.

Fresh clashes in Libya's Tripoli as toll tops 40

Fresh clashes erupted in a Tripoli suburb on Saturday, witnesses and the Libyan government said, as the death toll from violence at an anti-militia protest topped 40. More than 400 people were also wounded when Friday's protest degenerated into armed clashes in the capital that continued through the night, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said. He said in a government statement that the death toll was expected to rise.
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