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Anti-Gaddafi Forces Claim Successes in Libya

Opposition forces in Libya claim to have fought off an assault by forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi in the western town of Zawiyah, while clashes and unexplained explosions have cost nearly 50 lives in just a few hours. There was heavy fighting in Zawiya, 50 km west of Tripoli, on Saturday after pro-Kadhafi forces rolled into the city, with Arabic...

Italian Island Crowded by North African Refugees

The people of Lampedusa, the southern-most island in Italy and the first port of call for migrants fleeing the strife in North Africa, have been preparing themselves for potential mass arrivals. So far authorities have managed to keep the situation under control but there are fears this will not last. The people of Lampedusa fear it’s just a...

Pro-Gadhafi Forces Move to Retake Rebel-Held Towns

Fierce battles are raging in Libya, where forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi are trying to retake key towns held by rebels.Opposition forces were trying to hold on to the western town of Zawiyah Saturday. It is the closest rebel-held town to the capital, Tripoli. Reuters  news says Mr. Gadhafi's forces had surrounded the town by midday.  The...

Rebels Beat Back Gadhafi Forces

Rebel Libyan forces are reported to have beaten back Moammar Gadhafi's forces in two towns.  In western Libya, loyalist troops withdrew from Zawiayah, 50 kilometers from Tripoli, after battling with rebels Saturday. The rebels were able to overcome the Libyan military despite the military's heavy artillery and tanks.  Rebels are also reported in...

UN Refugee Agency 'Very Concerned' Civilians Being Prevented From Fleeing Libya

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern that the security situation in Libya may be preventing people from fleeing to Tunisia, noting that the border on the Libyan side is now manned by heavily armed pro-Qadhafi forces. "From those that did manage to cross the border, we have heard that mobile phones and cameras were being...

Libyan Airstrikes Prompt Debate on No-Fly Zone

As Libyan warplanes continue to launch new air strikes against areas under the control of opposition rebels, international debate is growing about whether a no-fly zone should be established over the country to protect civilians.Some influential voices in the United States and international community are calling on the United Nations and NATO to...

US Says Gadhafi Has 'Forfeited' Right to Lead Libya

The State Department said Friday Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has “forfeited the right” to run the country by turning his armed forces against political opponents. The United States has begun an airlift of relief supplies to third-country nationals fleeing Libya to Tunisia and Egypt. In further tough rhetoric on the Libyan crisis, the State...

Covert Action to Target Gadhafi?

Top U.S. officials from President Barack Obama on down have made it clear Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi should go.  The United States is considering a range of options to pressure Mr. Gadhafi. One of them might be a covert program to topple him.In a time of international crisis, a U.S. president has an array of tools he can choose from to affect...

US Pledges to Aid Libya Evacuations; Rebels Continue to Hold Key Oil Town

International efforts are underway to help thousands of foreigners evacuate from Libya, while opposition rebels have held their ground in a key eastern oil town.During a White House event Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama said the violence in Libya must end.  He said Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has lost his legitimacy to lead and must leave....

Gadhafi: Shrewd, Eccentric, or Insane?

As conflict continues in Libya, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi has blamed the turmoil on Al- Qaida, on foreign interference, even on drug use.  He has also denied that there is any turmoil in his country. The Libyan leader’s behavior is not unlike that of other powerful leaders, but in this case it could have tragic results for ordinary Libyans. In his...

Britain Investigates Gadhafi Link to London University

An independent investigation has been launched in Britain into a top university's links with Libya after the university's director resigned over the controversy. Britain’s London School of Economics had been put under the spotlight because of its ties to Gadhafi and his family. Under investigation The university accepted a research grant worth...

Britain Seizes $160 Million in Libyan Currency from Ship

Britain has seized about $160 million in Libyan currency from a ship that turned back from a planned trip to Libya.British officials say the ship returned to Britain Wednesday and was escorted into the port of Harwich by a British Border Agency vessel.Officials say a number of containers were moved from the ship to a secure location.  The...

Libya Launches New Air Strikes on Rebels

Libyan forces carried out air strikes for a third day Friday, targeting a military base near the rebel-held town of Ajdabiya.Rebels holding the base say there was no damage from the strikes.Anti-government protests are expected in the capital, Tripoli, Friday after noon prayers, in the continued effort to get leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. ...

US Senators Advocate No-Fly Zone Over Libya

Two influential U.S. senators say the United States should help implement a no-fly zone over Libya as part of a broader effort to engage and assist those who are fighting totalitarianism and repression across the Arab world. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and independent Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut spoke at a...

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Warns Libya

The International Criminal Court has opened its official investigation into possible crimes against humanity being committed in Libya. The prosecutor has warned those in power there-including Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, his sons and his inner circle-that they could face prosecution if they commit crimes or fail to prevent them. Prosecutor Luis Moreno...