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Libya talks: what is wrong with this “failed state?”

As talks begin on Libya's future, we explain how the country got to this point

By Josh Lowe  

A fighter for Libya Dawn in Sabratha, northwestern Libya. © Xinhua/Hamza Turkia XINHUA /LANDOV

Why is Libya in the news?

Talks are to be begin on the future of the beleaguered North African state at the UN in Geneva today, slated to continue until Wednesday. The country has been in turmoil since the toppling of dicatator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and experts and international organisations have described it as a “failed state.” Libya’s plight is lended…

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