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NATO Shells Area Near Gadhafi's Tripoli Compound

NATO fighter jets have bombed the area near Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound in a pre-dawn raid Thursday.A series of thunderous booms rocked the capital city and a column of smoke could be seen rising from near Gadhafi's Bab-al-Aziziya compound. It was not immediately clear what had been hit and there was no word on casualties.NATO...

White House Defends Legality of Libya Mission

The Obama administration is defending the legality of its military mission in Libya.  White House officials have sent lawmakers a report saying Congress does not need to approve the continuing operation in Libya because U.S. troops there are in a support role. The administration has sent a 30+ page report to Congress.  It rebuts objections from...

NATO Airstrikes Target Tripoli

NATO has resumed airstrikes on the Libyan capital after a brief layoff, hitting several targets late Tuesday.Witnesses say they heard loud explosions in the center of Tripoli and saw plumes of smoke.  Libyan state media say the bombings hit civilian sites, and there were reports of casualties.The Libyan capital and its surrounding areas have been...

Libyan Forces Fire Rockets Along Tunisian Border

Libyan rebels say forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have fired rockets at opposition fighters near the border with Tunisia.The Reuters news agency quotes witnesses who say the Libyan rockets crossed the border into Tunisia, an act that could raise tensions that are already high between the two countries.Libya fired rockets into Tunisia...

Libyan Rebels Push West from Misrata

Libyan rebels have advanced from the western port of Misrata towards the capital, Tripoli, breaking a government siege as fighters across the country renew their revolt against leader Moammar Gadhafi.Several rebel units Monday pushed the front lines west from Misrata to the outskirts of Zlitan, a neighboring town held by Mr. Gadhafi's forces.The...

Libyans Will Vote After Gadhafi Cedes Power, Says Opposition Official

The general secretary of Libya’s opposition Transitional National Council [TNC] says his group will organize democratic elections within two years, after the country is liberated from what he said is Moammar Gadhafi’s dictatorial rule. Abdul Karim also said the TNC will ensure Libya remains united by reconciling all tribal groups, and will...

Clinton to Meet African Union Officials

A university professor says he expects U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to urge the African Union [AU] to be proactive in resolving conflicts on the continent at a meeting scheduled for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, today [Monday]. “I expect that is going to be one of the central messages that Mrs. Clinton is likely to take to the...

Syrian Government Forces Retake Parts of Restive Northern Region

Syrian Army units have reportedly broken through the defenses of the restive, but mostly deserted, northern town of Jisr al Shaghour, after intense shelling by tanks and field artillery.  Meanwhile in Libya, rebel fighters have reportedly stepped up their pressure on supply lines into the capital Tripoli.Syrian tanks have captured parts of the...

African Leaders Discuss Bigger Free Trade Zone

African leaders have opened talks in Johannesburg on forming a 26-nation free trade bloc that would be the biggest on the continent. The proposed Grand Free Trade Area would join three existing trade blocs - the East African Community, the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.The three blocs...

Fighting Continues in Libya, Creeps Toward Capital

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have hammered rebels in the west with heavy weapons, as separate fighting creeps toward the capital, Tripoli.Reporters at the front line near the western rebel-held town of Zintan say intense fighting Sunday caused damage, but had no immediate report on casualties. In Zawiyah, 50 kilometers west of...

Libyan Forces Shell Rebel-Held Misrata, Killing at Least 22

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pounded the rebel-held city of Misrata Friday, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens more, according to a doctor. Witnesses say the loyalists deployed tanks, artillery and incendiary rockets in trying to gain control of the key city, one of the few footholds the rebels hold in western Libya....

Clinton: Chad Backs Ousting Gadhafi, Helping on Sudan

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Libya's southern neighbor Chad supports efforts to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power. She met with Chad's foreign minister at a trade conference in Zambia, where they also discussed ongoing violence in southern Sudan. Clinton said Chadian President Idriss Deby's government supports Gadhafi opponents who...

New Airstrikes Target Libyan Capital

A new round of suspected NATO airstrikes shook the Libyan capital and its suburbs early Friday, a day after allied and Arab nations pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Libya's opposition council and civilians affected by the country's conflict.The 22-member Libya Contact Group announced the series of financial measures Thursday as they met in...

Obama Urges Gabon's President to Root Out Corruption

U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Gabon's President Ali Ben Bongo to root out corruption and protect human rights in the West African country. Mr. Obama met with Mr. Bongo at the White House Thursday, despite questions about alleged corruption in Mr. Bongo's family and government. The White House said Mr. Obama welcomed reforms that Gabon has...

White House: Gadhafi Government's Days Are Numbered

Officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration say they are confident that U.S. and NATO actions in Libya will bring the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s rule.White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did not confirm or deny remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that people close to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are offering to negotiate...