Libyan factions vying for control of the country have agreed to continue United Nations-backed talks in Geneva next week over ending the political crisis, although one main group has so far refused to participate.

Nearly four years after a NATO-backed revolt ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in turmoil with two rival governments and two parliaments backed by armed factions who Western governments fear may drag the country into civil war.

Key representatives from a self-declared government based in Tripoli stayed away from this week’s talks. But in a possible sign of progress, its main armed groups battling forces of the internationally recognised government declared a ceasefire. […]