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More Than 140,000 People Flee Libya

The United Nations refugee agency says over the past 10 days, more than 140,000 people have fled to Egypt and Tunisia from Libya.  The UNHCR says tens of thousands of people are stuck at the borders and in urgent need of help.  The U.N. refugee agency says the situation at the Libya-Tunisia border is chaotic. It says 14,000 people crossed the...

Clinton Says All Options Open on Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will continue considering all options on Libya as long as the government there continues to "turn its guns on its own people."Clinton testified Tuesday at a congressional hearing on U.S. foreign policy.She also repeated demands for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately. She...

Burundi Signs Deal on Sharing Nile

Burundi has become the sixth African nation to sign an agreement calling for countries to share the Nile River, clearing the way for the deal to be ratified.Currently, Egypt controls most of the Nile's waters under a 1929 treaty.  If the countries involved ratify the new agreement, Egypt would lose its power to veto Nile projects proposed by other...

US Consulting Allies on Military Options for Dealing with Libya

The United States says it is consulting allies about military options for dealing with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on opposition forces trying to end his 42-year autocratic rule. U.S. officials said Monday "all options" are under consideration, including the imposition of a no-fly zone to prevent Mr. Gadhafi's air force from...

Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman: Libya Requires Arab Solution

A prominent member of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council has called on the Arab League and Arab countries to intervene in Libya to end the crisis, but warns the West to desist from what he describes as interfering in Libya’s affairs. Esam Alarian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, says his group is organizing humanitarian...

Egypt Issues Travel Ban, Asset Freeze on Mubarak

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered a travel ban and an asset freeze for former President Hosni Mubarak and his family, as he considers further actions against the leader who resigned earlier this month following popular protests. Judicial authorities say Monday's travel ban and recent asset freeze follow complaints that the former president...

Clinton to Meet EU Officials in Geneva, Press for New Libya Sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting EU foreign ministers in Geneva Monday, to urge them to approve tough sanctions on Libya in response to its deadly crackdown on an anti-government uprising. U.S. officials say Washington expects the European Union to adopt new sanctions against Libya later in the day. They say EU penalties will...

UN: 100,000 People Have Fled Libya into Neighboring States

The U.N. refugee agency says almost 100,000 people have fled Libya into neighboring Egypt and Tunisia in the past week to escape a deadly anti-government uprising. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres appealed Sunday to the international community to provide quick and generous assistance to Egypt and Tunisia to cope with what he...

US Moving Ahead With Unilateral, Multilateral Sanctions on Libya

The United States is moving ahead with unilateral sanctions, and other steps in cooperation with international partners, aimed at pressuring Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to stop his government's violent crackdown on opposition protesters.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the steps at Friday's White House news briefing as he spoke...

Popular Protests Continue Against Many Arab Governments

Popular protests engulfed large swathes of the Arab world after Friday prayers, as anti-government movements appear to gain momentum.  Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators turned out across the Arab world after Friday prayers to express anger at their leaders. Libya In Benghazi, Libya, the center of an insurgent movement against veteran leader...

Former Libyan Diplomat: Killing Gadhafi Only Way to End Violence

A former diplomat and interpreter for Libya’s embattled President Moammar Gadhafi says killing Gaddafi is the only solution to ending the ongoing clashes between anti-government protesters, who demand he step down, and pro-Gaddafi supporters. Abubaker Saad, professor of history and non-Western cultures at Western Connecticut State University in...

Analyst: Algerian Leader Smart to Lift State of Emergency

An official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization, says Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was “smart” in lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency, a concession to opposition groups aimed at preventing a wave of uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Claud Salhani says the government’s decision to appease opposition demands...

Opposition Movement Moves Westward in Libya, as Bloody Uprising Continues

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continue to attack anti-government protesters, but the opposition groups appear to be gaining more of a foothold, despite the brutal crackdown. Slide show of latest situation in Libya The official picture coming out of Libya is far different from the one presented by Libyan civilians.Gadhafi’s son,...

Expert: In Some Countries, US Torn Between Its Values and Interests

The dilemma has been haunting the United States for decades. Do you prop up a regime that treats you favorably, even if that regime does not necessarily share your democratic principles? Or do you stand firm on your values, even if it means losing a partner or ally?In the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, the United States opted for the former approach...

Foreigners Flee Libya Violence, Pour Into Egypt

Thousands of foreigners caught in the violence in Libya are struggling to leave.  Some are able to board aircraft, ferries and other ships chartered by their governments, while others are pouring across the borders of neighboring Egypt.   Many have been helped to safety by Libyans under siege themselves. Streams of people pour through the dusty...