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Middle East Libya crisis: UN offers band aid for a sundered nation, but peace elusive

A UN mediation effort has brought two rival governments to the negotiating table, but both continue to gird for military victory over the other. Islamic State and other groups could benefit from Libya's chaos and indecision. 

Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/File

Five minutes before Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni addresses the press in the eastern city of Al-Bayda, staffers rush to raise the tricolor national flag behind the podium, sticking it to a makeshift base with transparent masking tape.