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Italy, Arab League Head Call for End of Hostilities in Libya

Italy's foreign minister and the outgoing head of the Arab League have each called for a halt to hostilities in Libya.Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told Italian lawmakers Wednesday the suspension of military operations in Libya is "essential" for immediate humanitarian aid.Meanwhile, Britain's Guardian newspaper quoted Arab League head Amr...

US Senators Kerry, McCain Introduce Libya Resolution

Two leading U.S. senators have introduced a resolution that would limit the role of the U.S. military in Libya.Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry of Massachusetts, a Democrat, and John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee, spoke about the measure on the Senate floor Tuesday.McCain said the...

Pressure Mounts on NATO as Drone Helicopter Goes Missing in Libya

NATO confirms that an unmanned helicopter drone was lost during a mission over Libya Tuesday, but denies claims that forces aligned with leader Moammar Gadhafi shot down an attack helicopter.  The drone loss comes as the Alliance faces increasing pressures over the precision of its air attacks and alleged civilian deaths. NATO spokesman Mike...

China, Libyan Rebels Hold More Talks

Libya National Transitional Council Chairman Mahmud Jibril arrived in Beijing at noon Tuesday for two days of talks with anxious Chinese leaders keen to see an end to the bloody conflict.Beijing has important economic interests in the North African state, including much needed oil that helps keep China's economic boom going.Jibril is expected to...

Libya Says Civilians Killed in NATO Confirmed Airstrike

NATO said Monday it carried out an airstrike on a "high-level" command center in Libya, while the government said the strike destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of leader Moammar Gadhafi.The alliance had at first denied the strike, saying it had not conducted any recent operations in the area of Surman, about 65...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Libyan Rebel Leader to Visit China

NATO says an accidental strike by its forces may have killed civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.The alliance said Sunday the air strikes were launched against a military missile site, but "one weapon did not strike the intended target" because of a possible "weapons system failure." NATO said it regretted the "loss of innocent civilian lives...

NATO: Errant Strike May Have Killed Civilians in Libya

NATO has admitted another accidental airstrike by its forces may have killed civilians in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.The alliance said the air strikes were launched against a military missile site in Tripoli Sunday, but "one weapon did not strike the intended target" because of a possible "weapons system failure." NATO said it regretted the "loss...

US Legal Deadline for Libya Expires

The Obama administration continues to defend the legality of U.S. military engagement in Libya, as a 90-day window for securing congressional approval of the operation expires.  Sunday marked 90 days since President Barack Obama notified Congress about the use of American military power in the skies over Libya - what is now a NATO-led operation to...

Libya Says NATO Strike Kills Civilians in Tripoli

Libyan officials say NATO bombed a residential neighborhood in the capital Sunday, killing at least five civilians, including children.Journalists were taken to the Arada district of Tripoli where rescue operations were under way at a destroyed building. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim accused NATO of "intentional and deliberate targeting of...

Fighting in Northwest Libya, NATO Pounds Tripoli

Clashes have erupted between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels in the northwestern city of Nalut.  Rebel fighters said Saturday that at least eight people have been killed in the unrest.Meanwhile, NATO has called Libyan government claims that  alliance airstrikes are targeting civilians "outrageous."  At a Saturday news...

EU Unfreezes Former Libyan Official's Assets

The European Union has unfrozen the personal assets of a former manager of Libya's national wealth fund the EU once claimed was a "close confidante" of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In March, in an effort to increase pressure on Gadhafi's government, the EU froze the riches of his inner circle that were deposited in European institutions. But...

Children Paying Huge Price In Libyan Conflict

The head of UNICEF's operations in Libya says four months into the Libyan crisis, children and women are beginning to pay a huge price.  He says the situation is still manageable, but warns the situation for women and children will worsen the longer the conflict continues.The United Nations Children’s Fund says the Libyan conflict is seriously...

White House Responds to Criticisms on Libya

The White House pushed back Thursday on criticisms from members of Congress of a lengthy explanation sent to Capitol Hill about the legality of U.S. involvement in military operations in Libya.  In its more than 30 page submission to Congress, the White House again asserted that the War Powers Resolution of 1973 does not apply to U.S. involvement...

Boehner Disputes White House Account on Libya

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, has disputed a White House argument that U.S. forces are not facing hostilities in Libya.The White House said in a report to Congress Wednesday that the U.S. military action in Libya does not require congressional authorization because American forces are playing a "limited,...