EU pushes Libya peace as IS claims deadly blasts

People gather at the site of a suicide truck bombing on a police school in the coastal Libyan city of Zliten on January 7, 2016The EU urged Libyan politicians to back a unity government, as the Islamic State group claimed suicide bombings that killed dozens and sparked fears of a jihadist expansion on Europe’s doorstep. The deal aims to bring together rival administrations that split the country in August 2014 — when an Islamist-backed militia alliance overran Tripoli, forcing the internationally-recognised government to take refuge in the east — and tame chaos that has plagued Libya since 2011. The EU’s push is the latest in longstanding diplomatic efforts to bring together the country’s warring factions, with European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini also pledging to give Libya 100 million euros ($108 million) to battle IS.

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