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August 08, 2014 AT 12:51 PM
A U.N. delegation held talks in Tripoli on Friday to try to broker a ceasefire between armed factions that have turned the Libyan capital and Benghazi into battlegrounds. The violence has sharpened Libya's political divisions, and on Friday several thousand people marched in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata, to protest against the newly elected parliament that Western countries hope will facilitate reconciliation. The United Nations and most Western countries have pulled all of their diplomats stationed in Libya to escape the worst fighting since Muammar Gaddafi's fall three years ago. Since the fall of Gaddafi, Libya's fragile government is unable to impose authority on groups of former rebels who refuse to disband and are allied with competing political factions battling for post-war dominance.