Cars coming from Libya with goods and passengers stop at a security checkpoint at the entrance to Agadez, March 14, 2014. Picture taken March 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)
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Algeria has closed its embassy and its consulate in Tripoli because of a "real and imminent threat" to its diplomats, the foreign ministry announced on Friday.Libya has suffered a series of attacks on its leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ended Moamer Kadhafi's four-decade dictatorship.Diplomats in Tripoli say militias which fought to topple Kadhafi in 2011 often carry out kidnappings to pressure foreign governments into releasing Libyans held abroad.
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