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Libyan rebels try to cash in on oil sales

CAIRO – Confrontation deepened Sunday between Libya’s weak central government and a rebel militia that has launched a brazen bid to sell crude oil and seize the profits for itself.
The episode was emblematic of the chaos that has beset the North African nation in the three years since the toppling and killing of President Moammar Gadhafi. But this latest crisis – centered on oil, the country’s economic mainstay – appeared to mark the most serious challenge yet to the splintered interim administration, threatening a full-scale unraveling of a state that scarcely exists in more than name.
The current struggle began ...


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