Libya`s new Parliament appealed for national unity at its first formal session as rival armed factions battled for dominance of a country struggling to hold itself together three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
A renegade Libyan general launched a fresh offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, sparking some of the worst fighting in weeks, with up to 12 people killed and power supplies disrupted.
Businessman Ahmed Maiteeq was sworn in as Libya`s new prime minister on Sunday after chaotic voting in parliament, but hours later the deputy speaker declared the election invalid as a power struggle erupted in the assembly.
A Libyan court adjourned Monday until April 27 the trial of top figures from Moamer Kadhafi`s regime, including heir apparent Seif al-Islam, for abuses committed during the 2011 uprising that toppled the dictator.
Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam, two of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi`s sons, are expected to appear in court on Monday, facing charges of corruption and war crimes alongside more than 30 other Gaddafi-era officials.
A bomb exploded on the runway of Libya`s main airport on Friday, the transport minister said, highlighting the deteriorating security situation in the north African country almost three years after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted.
More than 100 rockets fired by government-payrolled rival gunmen rained down on a Libyan power plant and electrical blackouts could result this summer, the country`s electricity minister said on Tuesday.