German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) and U.N. envoy Bernardino Bernardino Leon (L) lead a peace conference at the foreign ministry in Berlin on June 10, 2015. AFP/ODD ANDERSEN
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European powers Wednesday urged Libya's warring factions to accept a peace deal within days, warning them that without an accord the only winners would be Islamist militants who have used the country's chaos to gain ground.Delegations from Libya's two rival governments, who are battling for control of the OPEC state, met with European leaders in Berlin to discuss a U.N.-sponsored peace and power-sharing proposal despite splits among some of the parties.Al-Qaeda-linked militants in eastern Libya declared holy war on the local ISIS affiliate after one of their senior leaders was shot dead Wednesday by masked gunmen, a killing that set off clashes between the rival groups.The ISIS group in Libya is a mixture of homegrown militants, former Al-Qaeda affiliates and foreign nationals who were trained in Syria and sent to join ISIS in Libya.
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