Smoke rises following an air strike in Libya's eastern coastal city of Benghazi on September 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ABDULLAH DOMA
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Libya's parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani Monday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy.At least 13 soldiers from forces led by Khalifa Haftar, a renegade general from the Libyan army, were killed and 45 wounded, medics said.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Thani before his appointment to give his support, the Libyan government said in a statement.The groups now controlling Tripoli, some of which have Islamist leanings, refuse to recognize the parliament in Tobruk, which has a strong liberal and federalist presence.They have reconvened the previous parliament, the General National Congress, in which Islamists were strongly represented.The government said in a statement that armed factions had attacked a Tripoli camp for internally displaced people from the western town of Tawergha.
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