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Libyan coastguard rescues 300 off Tripoli: official

TRIPOLI: Libya’s coastguard rescued more than 300 migrants on Tuesday at sea west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said. “Coastguards rescued early morning today 140 illegal migrants west of Tripoli and another group of 164 migrants were rescued off Sabratha including seven women and six children,” a spokesman for Libya’s naval forces told Reuters. The migrants included people from sub-Saharan countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, he said. Hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have…

Libyan renegade general agrees to ceasefire during June 25 election

TRIPOLI: A Libyan renegade general has agreed to observe a ceasefire in his declared war on militant Islamists during national elections on June 25, his spokesman said on Tuesday. Libya's elections commission called the vote after parliament agreed to dissolve itself under popular pressure. Many Libyans blame lawmakers for the widespread lawlessness that has marked the country's transition towards democracy since the uprising that ousted autocrat Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Retired general Khalifa Haftar month-old campaign…