Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard in the Libyan capital Tripoli, just hours after leaders of a new UN-backed unity government arrived in the city by sea. Rival militias have so far hindered reconciliation in the conflict-torn country.
Italy is considering a plan to send its navy into Libyan waters to stop migrants and send them back. Approval for the mission could go before parliament as early as next week.
Libya's Prime Minister Serraj and General Hifter have agreed to a ceasefire and speedy elections after a day of peace talks in Paris. Their joint statement provides a glimmer of hope for the war-torn nation.
A UK newspaper alleges that the brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi plotted to attack the UN's special envoy to Libya. The plan to kill German diplomat Martin Kobler was prevented by Libyan authorities.
The violence is the latest to rock the divided country since the toppling of long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Since then, radical Islamists have clashed with western-backed authorities.
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