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UN Humanitarian Chief: Libyan Civilians Under Fire, Face Widespread Shortages

The head of the United Nations humanitarian aid program said Monday that Libya is facing widespread shortages and she called for a pause in the fighting in that country to allow international aid agencies to address humanitarian concerns.  The humanitarian aid chief at the United Nations, Valerie Amos, told the U.N. Security Council that the the...

Refugees Fleeing Libya Face Perils at Sea; Dozens Die

Refugees trying to flee the violence in Libya are facing perils at sea, with official reports indicating dozens of people - and possibly very many more - have died aboard refugee ships that lost their way or sank in rough Mediterranean waters.The United Nations said Monday that a ship carrying 600 refugees from Libya sank off the country's coast...

African Union Official Urges Political Solution to Libyan Crisis

The African Union says its roadmap for peace is the best option for settling Libya’s political crisis. El-Ghassim Wane said the AU “is convinced that only a political solution will make it possible to promote peace in a lasting manner that will also fulfill the aspirations of the Libyan people to democracy…and good governance.” The AU plan calls...

Egypt to Use 'Iron Hand' for Security After Deadly Sectarian Violence

Bloody sectarian clashes erupted overnight after a crowd of Islamic extremists massed in front of a Coptic Christian church in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba, claiming that a woman who had allegedly converted to Islam was being held inside the church. Twelve people were killed and dozens wounded in the violence, while two churches were also set ablaze...

Italian Authorities Rescue 400 Stranded Migrants

Italian authorities say they have rescued hundreds of migrants from Libya after their boat was damaged sending some overboard in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of southern Italy.Officials say the boat ran aground early Sunday as it approached the island of Lampedusa after a problem with its steering mechanism. Officials say coast guard crews...

Gadhafi Forces Bear Down on Western Libya

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are intensifying their shelling of towns in the country's western mountains, where support for anti-Gadhafi rebels is high.On Saturday, Libyan government forces shelled four large oil tanks in Misrata, destroying the city's only source of fuel. The blaze spread to other tanks as firefighters battled...

Libya Criticizes Aid Plan that Skirts Government

Libya has sharply criticized an international plan to send millions of dollars in assistance to rebels and civilians.Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said Friday that Libya is "one sovereign state."  He said the planned use of the funds amounted to "piracy on the high seas."On Thursday, the 22-nation Libya Contact Group agreed to set up a fund...

Amnesty International Says War Crimes Conducted in Libya

Libyan forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi may be guilty of war crimes, Amnesty International said Friday. In a new report, the international watchdog described ongoing attacks against the civilian population in Misrata. Battles have raged through the streets of Misrata for more than two months now and Amnesty says in that time troops loyal to...

France Expels 14 Libyan Diplomats

France announced plans to expel 14 Libyan diplomats on Friday, a day after Britain ordered two Libyan officials to leave. The French foreign ministry says the diplomats, who back Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, have been declared "persona non grata." The ministry says they have been given up to 48 hours to leave France. France formally recognized...

Libya Rebels Get Cash Injection From Contact Group

Libyan rebels won a financial lifeline potentially worth billions of dollars from the United States and other allies on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, attending a contact group meeting on Libya in Rome, also spoke of the need to increase pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying ousting him was the best way to help the...

Relief Ship Docks After Rescuing Evacuees from Besieged Libyan City

A ship carrying at least 800 evacuees from Libya's besieged city of Misrata has docked in the eastern rebel stronghold, Benghazi.The vessel, chartered by the International Organization for Migration, arrived at Benghazi Thursday. The group says as many as 50 wounded civilians were on board. Relief workers on the vessel say they waited offshore for...

ICC to Seek Arrests for Crimes Against Humanity in Libya

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that the ICC will seek the arrest of three individuals for crimes against humanity in Libya.International Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the U.N. Security Council that he will present a case on Libyan war crimes to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal...

War Crimes Committed in Libya, Says Former Special Court for Sierra Leone Prosecutor

A former prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone says investigations by the International Criminal Court show war crimes have been committed in Libya by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi. Syracuse University Law professor David Crane says the investigations demonstrate pro-Gadhafi forces engaged “intentional firing into the...

UN Probes Possible War Crimes in Libya

An international prosecutor plans to brief the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday on his probe into whether members of Libya's government have committed war crimes.International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said during a recent trip to Libya he had uncovered "strong evidence" suggesting that violations had occurred since...

UN Asks West for Help with Libyan Refugee Crisis

What inevitably follows the breakout of war is the movement of masses of people across international borders. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving out of Libya, mainly into Tunisia and Egypt, countries fresh with the instability of their own revolutions. United Nations High...