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Libya Holds Dutch Soldiers as Refugees Flee to Borders

The Dutch Defense Ministry says three of its marines are being held in Libya, after being captured while taking part in an operation to help evacuate some of the tens of thousands of people fleeing the country.Officials said Thursday "intensive" negotiations are underway to free the soldiers, who were captured Sunday by forces loyal to Libyan...

Libyan Warplanes Launch Air Strikes on Key Oil Port

Witnesses say Libyan warplanes launched new air strikes Thursday against the key eastern oil port of Brega, a day after rebels drove forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi from the city.Opposition forces repelled powerful ground and air assaults Wednesday as Gadhafi loyalists launched their first offensive against opposition-controlled eastern...

General Assembly Suspends Libya From Rights Body

The General Assembly today suspended Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council for "gross and systematic" human rights violations because of President Muammar Al-Qadhafi's violent repression of peaceful protesters demanding his ouster. The vote by the 192-member Assembly, for which a two-thirds majority was required, followed a request...

Libya Analyst: Rebels ‘Emboldened’ by Apparent Victory

An official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization, says Libya’s anti-government protesters have been psychologically emboldened after the group fought off an attempt by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi to reclaim Brega, an oil town in the eastern part of the country. Claude Salhani says, despite the anti-...

White House: All Options Considered on Libya, Yemen

A day before President Obama is expected to speak publicly about the situation in Libya, his spokesman says the United States and its international partners continue to keep all options on the table to deal with the situation. With Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi defying calls to step down, and his forces increasing attacks on opposition fighters,...

Libya: Could a Military Intervention Backfire?

As the regime of Muammar Gadhafi continues its crackdown against opposition rebels, the Obama Administration is considering its options. A number of voices in Washington are calling for military action, while others are cautioning against any kind of intervention, worried the U.S. may be on the verge of repeating past mistakes in the Middle East...

Clinton: US Far From Decision on Libya No-Fly Zone

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration is "a long way" from making any decision about whether to take part in a "no-fly zone" operation over Libya.  At the same time, she said situation in Libya has the potential to descend into Somalia-like chaos.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there may well be a role for...

US Defense Chief: Libya No-Fly Zone a 'Big Operation'

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decried what he called "loose talk" about establishing a no-fly zone in Libya, saying such an operation would require a military strike.Speaking to a U.S. congressional committee Wednesday, Gates said establishing an area where U.S. planes could fly safely would require first destroying Libya's air defense...

International Criminal Court to Investigate Libya Violence

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is opening a formal investigation into possible crimes against humanity in Libya.The probe by the Hague-based court is in response to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's violent crackdown against anti-government protesters.A court statement Wednesday said Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will...

Arab League Opposes Foreign Intervention in Libya

Arab League diplomats say the organization would oppose any form of foreign intervention in Libya. The diplomats commented Wednesday in Cairo, where the 22-member body is meeting to discuss unrest in the country.World condemnation is mounting against the Libyan government and its attacks on civilians as a rebel protest widens. As the international...

Gadhafi Forces Attack Insurgents, Conflicting Reports on Outcome

Forces loyal to Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi attacked anti-government forces in a north-central coastal town Wednesday, and there were conflicting reports about which side was in control of the area.   Witnesses said pro-Gadhafi forces stormed into Brega and briefly seized its oil installations along with an airstrip. Opposition fighters say...

WFP Appeals for More Aid for Libya

Officials with the United Nations World Food Program are calling on the international community to step up action to avert a humanitarian disaster along Libya's borders.While traveling to the Tunisian border Wednesday, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran called for safe humanitarian access to Libya to help those fleeing the unrest. WFP has...

Britain, France Help Egyptians Flee Libya

Britain and France have launched efforts to help evacuate thousands of Egyptians from Libya.  British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that he is sending aircraft to rescue Egyptians who are stranded on the Libya-Tunisia border.  France says it is sending military planes and ships to help about 5,000 Egyptian refugees return home....

Gadhafi Refuses to Step Down, Launches Offensive in East

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is again defying demands to step down, proclaiming that he has the support of the people, as his forces stage a counter-offensive against rebels who took control of the country's east last month. In a televised speech to supporters in Tripoli Wednesday, Gadhafi said he cannot resign because he holds no political...

Protesters Gather Outside Embassy in Washington

Protesters were stopped as they tried to enter the huge office complex in Washington that houses the Libyan embassy. They said they came to raise a pre-Gadhafi-era flag that represents Libyan independence from Italy. It was not clear who inside the embassy is now the official representative for Libyan interests in the U.S. Security guards told...