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Clinton: Gadhafi's Threats Will Not Stop NATO in Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says NATO will not let Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's threats deter its mission in the country.Clinton made the comments during a visit to Spain Saturday.Libya's embattled leader threatened Friday that NATO will face consequences if the coalition does not end its campaign of airstrikes.Gadhafi delivered the...

Gadhafi's Son Denies Ordering Libyan Troops to Kill Civilians

The son of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says that neither he nor his father ordered the killing of civilian protesters during Libya's ongoing pro-democracy rebellion against 42 years of autocratic rule.In an interview with the Russian news channel RT posted online Friday, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi defended the actions of Libya's military,...

Libyan Rebel Strategy Depends on Outside Military Help

The admission by French officials that they have supplied weapons to rebels in western Libya could help explain the opposition's recent territorial gain. The advance has been one of the few breakthroughs in the rebels' fight against the government's professional army.  The rebel leadership has spent four months trying to form a cohesive plan to...

Gadhafi Role Blocking African Union Resolution on Libya

African leaders working on a roadmap to end Libya's conflict are stuck on the question of the future of Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali, and the Republic of Congo are at the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea drafting a roadmap for Libya that calls for a cease-fire ahead of a transition to democratic...

AU Summit Opens, Libya Crisis Expected to Dominate Talks

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union.  The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) are both at the AU summit outside Malabo where African leaders will...

Russia: France May Have Violated UN Arms Embargo on Libya

Russia says France may have violated a U.N. arms embargo on Libya by air-dropping weapons to rebels fighting troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi earlier this month.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday Moscow has asked Paris to explain the arms drop to rebels in Libya's Western Mountains region. He says that if the...

AU Summit Expected to Focus on Libya Crisis

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union. The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council are both at the AU summit in Malabo where African leaders will present their...

Report: US Drone Targets Militants in Somalia

A Washington newspaper reports that a U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab in Somalia last week, apparently wounding them.The Washington Post quotes an unnamed senior military official familiar with the operation.The official said the strike was carried out amid rising concerns that al-Shabab is...

Britain Sends Body Armor to Libyan Rebels

Britain says it is sending body armor, police uniforms and communications equipment to Libyan rebels fighting against forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday his country is supplying 5,000 sets of body armor, 6,650 police uniforms and 5,000 high-visibility vests to police loyal to Libya's...

Obama Defends US Involvement in Libyan Conflict

President Obama has defended U.S. involvement in Libya, saying the international operation has protected thousands of people in the North African country. Obama said he did not violate the War Powers Resolution, a U.S. law that requires congressional approval within 60 days if U.S. forces are involved in hostilities. He said Libyan leader Moammar...

Analysts: Warrant for Gadhafi Could Complicate His Possible Departure

With the International Criminal Court's arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and a trusted ally, some analysts say avenues could close for Mr. Gadhafi, should he want to leave Libya in defeat and find a safe haven. The streets of rebel-held Misrata erupted in jubilation when news came Monday that the International Criminal...

Crowdmapping Arab Spring: Next Social Media Breakthrough?

VOA Middle East Voices: Behind the Wall- Syria crowdmap Six months ago, if someone told you that activists in the Middle East would use social media platforms to revolutionize - literally - the way information is used and disseminated, you probably would have been skeptical. Six months later, Twitter and Facebook have played a crucial role in...

Angola Says ICC Being 'Selective' With Cases

Angola has suggested the International Criminal Court is targeting Africa with the cases it pursues, a day after the ICC indicted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In comments published by the Angolan Press Agency, Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti said African countries believe the court is selective in how it assesses or lays charges. He said African...

NATO Says it will Keep Pressure on Libyan Government

NATO's commander for the Libya operation says the allied force is not scaling down its airstrikes despite calls from some nations for a pause in the operation.Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard said the mission, entering its fourth month, has made "significant progress" and that attacks on civilians by Libyan government forces have...

Thousands of Chadian Migrants Stranded in Southern Libyan Desert

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it is racing against time trying to save the lives of about two thousand Chadian migrants in southern Libya. It says they’re mostly women, children and the elderly in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical aid. They have been stranded in the towns of Sebha and Gatroun for the past...