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The United States and Egypt, a key backer of Libyan militia leader Khalifa Haftar, have called for calm as the strongman pressed ahead in his offensive on Tripoli.
The death toll from more than a week of fighting between armed groups in Tripoli has climbed to at least 61 people, including civilians, Libyan authorities have sai, as the UN expressed alarm over the fate of detained migrants and Libyans already displaced by years of unrest.
An attack on a checkpoint between the Libyan capital and the town of Zliten has killed six soldiers of the UN-backed unity government, an interior ministry source has said.
The United Nations has called on Libya's internationally recognised government to crack down on armed groups obstructing the work of state institutions in the chaos-wracked country.
A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes has "escaped" from prison, the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar says.
The International Criminal Court revealed it has issued a second arrest warrant for a Libyan military commander accused of shooting dead 10 jihadist prisoners after a Benghazi mosque attack.
The forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar have rejected any foreign military presence in the south of the country to stem migration, after EU leaders struck a deal to deter Mediterranean crossings.
Washington and its allies have demanded that two key oil installations in the east of the country be returned to control of the UN-backed government in Tripoli, having fallen into the hands of a rival strongman.
Clashes between rival groups in Libya's key oil export ports have caused output to drop by nearly half, the head of the National Oil Company has said.
Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar is receiving treatment at a Paris hospital, his spokesperson says.
The UN envoy for Libya has said the country has lurched from one emergency to another in recent weeks and warned that the Islamic State extremist group is expanding its operations and Libya could become a refuge for terrorist groups of all persuasions.
Libya, which has seen more than a week of deadly clashes between rival militias around Tripoli, fell into chaos with the ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.
An attack on a checkpoint between the Libyan capital and the town of Zliten has killed four soldiers of the UN-backed unity government, the town's mayor has said.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has pushed a deal paving the way for elections in Libya during a visit to the chaos-ridden country.
Libya is resuming oil exports from its eastern production heartland, its National Oil Corporation said after a showdown between the war-torn country's rival authorities.
All oil exports from Libya's east have been suspended after operations halted at two key ports, the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation said Monday, in a further blow to the vital sector.
Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has announced the "liberation" of Derna, the only city in the eastern region beyond his control, from radical Islamist militias.
Libya's UN-backed government has warned that any oil exports by a rival administration in the east would be illegal after the region's military strongman handed over its key export ports.
The self-styled Libyan National Army loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar has announced a "major offensive" to drive rival groups from the country's northeastern oil crescent.
International attempts to end the chaos in Libya have taken a step forward.
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