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Rival Militias Negotiate Truce in Libya01/20 09:53

   Libyan security officials say a temporary cease-fire has taken hold in the 
capital of Tripoli, after deadly fighting between rival militias that dominate 
the city flared up last week.

   BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan security officials say a temporary cease-fire 
has taken hold in the capital of Tripoli, after deadly fighting between rival 
militias that dominate the city flared up last week.

   They say negotiations overseen by tribal elders from the nearby town of Bani 
Walid were ongoing Sunday, with hopes the militias from Tripoli, Zintan and 
Tarhouna? can agree to stop the fighting. They spoke anonymously as they 
weren't authorized to brief reporters.

   The Health Ministry raised the fighting's death toll since Wednesday to 16, 
with 65 wounded and three missing. Some 213 families were evacuated from 
Tripoli, they added.

   Separately, the United Nations voiced its "deep concern" about reports of 
fresh violence and mobilization of armed groups in the country's south, which 
it said signaled the "growing risks of imminent conflict."


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