Libyan government sets deadline for ports reopening

Cairo: The Libyan provisional government has given rebels in the east of the country one week to reopen all ports and oil fields. The government also called on locals in the affected area to demonstrate in favour of getting the crucial oil infrastructure back up and running. The fragile country has been wracked by strikes in its oil industry since early August which has seen oil production slide by more than half.

The president of the provisional government, Ali Zidan, warned the state won't have a budget next year, unless oil exports get back on track.  [11/11/13]

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