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Libya Government Forces Resume Assault on Misrata

Fighting was heard in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, where government forces have been accused of using dangerous cluster bombs in an ongoing assault.A rebel spokesperson told the Reuters news agency that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fired at least 100 Grad rockets into an industrial area of the city Saturday.  He said no...

Western Leaders: Gadhafi Staying in Power 'Unthinkable'

The leaders of the United States, France and Britain said in a joint statement published Friday it is "unthinkable" that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi can play a part in a future Libyan government. However, President Barack Obama continues to resist allied calls that the United States return to a lead role in the NATO-led Libyan air campaign. NATO...

Life for Residents in Opposition-Held Libya Calm But Anxious

The fighting in Libya has devastated coastal cities in the central part of the country, but life in parts of the rebel-controlled east has settled into some measure of uneasy calm. It is market day at Findiq Market, Benghazi’s largest vegetable market. Business is good despite fighting a few hundred kilometers away.Raja Salem has come shopping...

Eastern Libya Able to Keep Gasoline Coming

The conflict in Libya has set oil markets on edge, with rising gasoline prices being one of the immediate effects. There are also shortages in parts of Libya, but in the rebel-run east, prices remain low, and local officials have been able to keep the pumps full. Perhaps the hardest hit Libyan city is rebel-held Misrata, where daily mortar and...

NATO Expects More Allies' Planes in Libyan Mission

NATO expects coalition allies to supply more aircraft to increase the airstrikes on the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Ramussen said on Friday, after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, that the help will arrive "in the very near future."Britain and France have been asking allies for more...

EU Prepares Military Sea Corridor to Deliver Aid to Libya

European Union leaders are preparing a militarily-protected sea corridor to deliver aid to Libya should the situation in the North African country deteriorate to the point where humanitarian aid workers cannot help civilians caught in the crossfire. The European Union is getting ready to launch a military mission to support humanitarian aid work...

Obama, Emir of Qatar Discuss Libya

President Barack Obama discussed the NATO-led military operation in Libya Thursday with one of the two Arab members of the coalition. The president met with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, as questions arose about the NATO mission.President Obama thanked Sheikh Hamad for supporting democracy in the Middle East and for helping...

Amateur Videos from Libya Show Frustration

Government restrictions on the media in the parts of Libya controlled by Moammar Gadhafi make it difficult to get uncensored news out of Tripoli. But a VOA correspondent has contacts in Libya and has received videos over the Internet that apparently show examples of government repression.  We want to to share these videos with you and dissect what...

Air Strikes Hit Libya As Diplomats Consider Options

Witnesses in Libya say a series of explosions rocked the Tripoli area on Thursday shortly after NATO warplanes flew overhead. Meanwhile, rebels have warned of what they call a "massacre" in the western city of Misrata unless NATO provides them more support against government forces. A rebel spokesman said at least 23 people were killed in attacks...

NATO Nations Commit to Ending Gadhafi Rule

NATO's secretary-general says the alliance needs more precision aircraft to destroy Libyan weapons hidden within the civilian population. Anders Fogh Rasmussen made remarks at a NATO foreign ministers meeting that is taking place amid divisions over the Libya campaign.Speaking at a press conference at the start of the two-day foreign ministers...

Teenage Journalist Displays 'Normal' Libya

Atem is 17-years-old.  Before the uprising began, she was finishing her last year in high school and acting very much her age.Teen life "I just like hanging with my friends. We all go out, like, every Thursday night, every weekend," Atem said. "I like movies.  I like music.  I'm addicted to Facebook. I love the Internet. It was normal."Her English...

Arab League Debates Options in Libya

An Arab League conference in Cairo has examined how to put a stop to the conflict in Libya, bring about a political dialogue and resolve the country’s humanitarian crisis.  The meeting was one of a series of diplomatic initiatives to find a solution for Libya. It coincided with a NATO conference in Berlin Thursday, and followed an international...

Libyan Rebels Make Desperate Plea for Stronger NATO Action

Rebels in Libya are warning of what they call a "massacre" in the western city of Misrata unless NATO provides them more support against government forces. A rebel spokesman said at least 23 people were killed in a rocket attack by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi near Misrata Thursday.NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen told alliance members...

BRICS Nations Oppose Use of Force in Libya

The five BRICS nations have voiced their opposition to use of force in Libya, at a summit in the southern Chinese resort city, Sanya.   Meanwhile, leaders from the five large developing nations criticized the current dollar-dominated world monetary order and called for a broad-based international reserve currency system.  Leaders of the BRICS...

NATO Ministers Discuss Role in Libya

NATO foreign ministers are meeting in Berlin to discuss their military mission in Libya, as rebel fighters call for more air support from the alliance.U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joining her NATO counterparts in Berlin for two days of talks starting Thursday.Members of the alliance are divided over whether to step up a bombing...