Libyan factions to resume talks on Tuesday; Benghazi death toll hits 700




 
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February 8th, 2015  
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Topic: Libyan factions to resume talks on Tuesday; Benghazi death toll hits 700


By Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's warring factions will resume U.N.-sponsored talks on Tuesday inside the country to try to resolve a struggle between two governments and parliaments, officials from both sides said on Saturday. The news came as new clashes between pro-government forces and Islamists in the eastern Benghazi city killed seven soldiers, bringing the death toll of four months of fighting there to almost 700, medics said. Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi nearly four years ago. Libya's internationally recognized government under Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and its elected House of Representatives are based in the east of the country after a group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli last summer, set up its own administration and reinstated the old parliament.




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