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Turkish PM Urges Libyan Leader to Step Down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down and leave the country "immediately."Erdogan said Tuesday in Istanbul that Gadhafi has chosen "blood, tears and destruction" while ignoring calls for reform.  He said Gadhafi must step down to prevent the Libyan people from further suffering. Turkey has...

Gadhafi Used Al Qaeda Threat to Maintain Power, Says Libyan Opposition Leader

A Libyan opposition leader says embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has for years used the threat of Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorist group to maintain power and to crack down on dissent. “To frighten the West,” says Mufta Lamloom of the Libyan National Movement, “Gadhafi  frequently warned, if you don’t support me, the alternative...

China Calls for Libya Ceasefire After Gadhafi's Son Dies

China's Foreign Ministry has renewed its call for a ceasefire in Libya after reports that a NATO airstrike killed the son of leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying it is concerned about civilian casualties in the fighting there.  A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said China disapproves of any NATO action beyond that authorized by the United Nations Security...

Rwandan Journalist Undeterred by Government Prosecution

The exiled editor of Rwanda’s Umuvugizi newspaper, Jean Bosco Gasasira, one of Rwanda’s most outspoken journalists, says the Rwandan prosecutor’s request to the country’s Supreme Court to sentence him to 10 years in prison will not deter him from doing his job. From his exiled home in Sweden, Gasasira says he will continue to expose corruption and...

Libyan Opposition Questions Gadhafi Family Deaths in NATO Strike

A prominent member of the opposition Libyan National Movement says embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi is using last Saturday’s NATO airstrike on a family compound as a rallying cry to gain sympathy from his supporters. Mufta Lamloom also expressed doubt that Gadhafi and his family were in the house during the NATO airstrike. “This is a stunt which...

US Lawmakers Respond to Latest NATO Attacks on Libya

U.S. legislators of both parties are affirming support for NATO airstrikes that reportedly killed Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s youngest son and three grandchildren.   In 1986, Moammar Gadhafi survived U.S. airstrikes on Libyan military installations as well as the leader’s residence in Triploi. If current reports from Libya are accurate...

Pro-Gadhafi Crowds Vow Revenge for Deadly Strike

Crowds have rallied at the Tripoli compound of Moammar Gadhafi, after the government said the Libyan leader narrowly escaped a NATO airstrike that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren. NATO denies any individuals were targeted.Supporters of Colonel Gadhafi demanded vengeance after the government announced the death of Saif al-Arab...

British PM Says NATO Targeting Libyan Decision Makers

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday NATO forces are targeting Libya's command and control units, not specific people.Mr. Cameron refused to comment on media reports that a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been killed in a NATO airstrike.Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said late Saturday that 29-year-old Saif al-Arab...

Libya: NATO Strike Kills Son of Gadhafi

A Libyan official says a NATO airstrike has killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and three of his grandsons. The report on Libyan television says Saif al-Arab Gadhafi was killed at his house. The official calls the incident an attempt to assassinate Mr.Gadhafi, who was not injured. Earlier Saturday, NATO rejected an offer from...

NATO Rejects Gadhafi's Offer For Talks

NATO has rejected an offer from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for negotiations to end the conflict in Libya. A NATO official said Saturday NATO wants to see actions not words. He said NATO operations will continue as long as civilians in Libya are threatened. Libyan rebels also rejected Gadhafi's call for talks saying the time for compromise has...

IRC Africa Denies Ethiopia's Ogaden Permission to Resume Operation

Ethiopia has denied the International Committee of the Red Cross permission to resume humanitarian operations in the restive Ogaden region. ICRC workers were expelled from the Ogaden nearly four years ago for allegedly aiding members of a separatist group, a charge they strongly deny.  ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger says talks with Ethiopian...

Analysts Say Arming Libyan Rebels Could Have Negative Consequences

While NATO has been using air power to attack the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, some analysts suggest arming the Libyan rebels. But others say it’s a bad idea that could have negative consequences.Many experts say that without the help of fighter planes and missile strikes from NATO members,  the ill-equipped and poorly trained Libyan...

Libyan Rebels Lose Border Crossing, Battle Over Misrata Airport

Libyan military officials say pro-government forces have regained control of a border post in the western Wazin region, after rebels took over the crossing last week.The French news agency (AFP) quotes witnesses who say some rebels fled into neighboring Tunisia on Thursday, as they were being chased by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi....

Fighting Shows No Signs of Easing in Libyan City Misrata

Fighting continues in the besieged, rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata, as a United Nations panel pursues an inquiry in Libya into violence and abuses committed during a government crackdown on the opposition.Clashes were reported overnight in Libya in several places between rebel fighters and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi....

US Envoy Sees Splits in Gadhafi Camp

A senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday that he believes key figures in the Libyan government would like to break with Moammar Gadhafi, and are remaining in Tripoli only out of "terror and fear."  U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz, who was forced to leave the country late last year, says there is a consensus, even in areas held by government...