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Foreigners Continue Mass Evacuations from Libya

Canada and Britain were set Thursday to send planes to Libya's capital, Tripoli, as part of an ongoing massive evacuation of foreigners from the country.Poor weather forced a U.S.-chartered ferry to remain in port overnight in Tripoli, delaying efforts to evacuate Americans to Malta.Tens of thousands of foreigners in Libya are boarding planes,...

Obama Condemns Libya Crackdown

President Barack Obama on Wednesday strongly condemned Libyan government-sanctioned violence against demonstrators, and said the United States is stepping up international consultations on how to deal with the situation. The president appeared with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after talks at the White House.The president's remarks came at...

UN Chief: Perpetrators of Libya Violence Must be Held Accountable

The U.N. Secretary-General says he is viewing events in Libya with "grave concern" and warned that those responsible for reported serious human rights violations must be held accountable in the courts. Ban Ki-moon also said he would be sending some of his senior officials to Egypt and Tunisia in the coming days. The U.N. chief cut short a trip to...

Growing African Middle Class is Potential Source of Political Stability

The middle class has been at the forefront of demands for political change in Tunisia and Egypt. Now, a growing middle class south of the Sahara presents challenges for governments there, as well as a potential source of political stability.Political upheaval across North Africa is being driven, in part, by a growing middle class that wants more...

Ivory Coast: Gunmen Kill Soldiers Loyal to Laurent Gbagbo

Authorities in Ivory Coast say gunmen have shot and killed at least three soldiers loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, in the capital, Abidjan.The violence erupted Tuesday, in a neighborhood that supports Alassane Ouattara, the United Nations certified winner of November's presidential election.The shooting in Abobo occurred on the same...

US, Other Nations Send Ferries, Planes to Libya for Evacuations

The U.S. State Department says it has chartered a ferry to evacuate Americans from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as other nations make similar efforts to help tens of thousands of foreigners flee a deadly uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A U.S. notice sent to Americans in Tripoli advises those wishing to leave to report to the city's...

Muslim Brotherhood Urges Support for Libyan Protesters

A prominent member of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council has called on anti-government protesters to be, in his words, defiant and keep up the pressure on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, adding there is need to get rid of the “mad dictator.” Esam Alarian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told VOA the international...

UN Security Council to Hold Session on Libya Violence

The U.N. Security Council will hold a special session Tuesday to discuss the violent crackdown on protesters in Libya.  The 15-member council will be briefed in a closed session by a senior U.N. official.  Diplomats say the council will also discuss the content of a draft statement, which several diplomats said should strongly condemn the violence...

Ivory Coast's Ouattara: AU Mediation 'Last Resort'

Alassane Ouattara, one of Ivory Coast's two rival presidents, says the latest effort to resolve the country's political crisis is a "last resort."Mr. Ouattara met Tuesday in Ivory Coast's capital Abidjan with four African presidents from a panel appointed by the African Union to settle the crisis.Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has resisted...

China ‘Concerned’ Over Libyan Unrest

China has expressed concern about unrest in Libya, especially attacks on Chinese workers and assets there.  A Libyan diplomat stationed in Beijing has resigned to protest his government's violent crackdown on protesters. China has been watching unfolding events in the Middle East and North Africa and responded cautiously to the latest uprising in...

Analyst: Libyan Government ‘Cracking’ Under Protesters’ Pressure

An official of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization, said the violent repression of anti-government protesters by the Libyan administration could mark, in his words, the beginning of the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s over four-decade rule. Mohammed El-Sayed, researcher for the Islamic Human Rights Commission on Libya,...

Libyan Protests Escalate With Fires, Gunfire Reported

Reports from Libya indicate the more than 40-year-rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is under siege from an escalating popular uprising that is turning violent and destructive. Witnesses in the Libyan capital say the country's legislative branch is among government buildings on fire as opposition activist’s battle security forces and government...

Ivory Coast Crisis

Heads of state from the African Union are traveling to Ivory Coast Monday in hopes of resolving the political crisis between rival governments there.  Members of a high-level African Union delegation began arriving in Abidjan Monday to meet with the country's rival presidents, though many Ivorian’s remain doubtful that diplomacy will solve the...

EU Denounces Libya Violence; Prepares to Evacuate Nationals

The European Union has denounced the harsh crackdown by Libyan authorities against anti-government protesters as reports emerge of scores of dead in the capital Tripoli. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels are endorsing a statement condemning Libya's repression of anti-government protesters. It calls on the country to respect...

World Leaders Slam Libya Violence

Leaders from throughout the world are demanding a peaceful resolution of the turmoil in Libya. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa called Monday for an end to the violence in the north African nation, and said he sees the Libyan protesters' demands as legitimate.European Union officials are encouraging Libya to move toward democracy. They are...