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Former U.N. Official Alarmed Over Africa’s Silence on Libya

The former director of governance at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa questions why African leaders and the African Union have been “alarmingly silent” about the crisis in Libya following what he describes as the grave human rights abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. Okey Onyejekwe says a number of people across...

Tunisian Hotel Offers Refuge from Libya Turmoil

Thousands of people fleeing the unrest in Libya continue to pour across the border into Tunisia.  While some are camped out at the border, the luckiest have found refuge at tourist hotels in the Tunisian town of Zarzis - where reporters are waiting to get into Libya. The Odyssey hotel in the southern Tunisian coastal town of Zarzis is packed these...

More Than 140,000 People Flee Libya

The United Nations refugee agency says over the past 10 days, more than 140,000 people have fled to Egypt and Tunisia from Libya.  The UNHCR says tens of thousands of people are stuck at the borders and in urgent need of help.  The U.N. refugee agency says the situation at the Libya-Tunisia border is chaotic. It says 14,000 people crossed the...

Experts Disagree on African Mercenaries in Libya

Within the first few days of the uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi there were reports he had deployed sub-Saharan African mercenaries against the protesters. There is now a growing backlash of violence against sub-Saharan Africans by the opposition. However, it is likely that the number of mercenaries fighting for the besieged Libyan...

France: No-Fly Zone Over Libya - Only With UN Approval

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday there should not be any international intervention into the bloody upheaval in Libya without prior approval from the United Nations.Juppe told lawmakers that as of Tuesday no military intervention, including the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya, was planned.Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey...

Clinton Says All Options Open on Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will continue considering all options on Libya as long as the government there continues to "turn its guns on its own people."Clinton testified Tuesday at a congressional hearing on U.S. foreign policy.She also repeated demands for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately. She...

France: Humanitarian Aid is Priority for Libya Crisis

France says humanitarian aid and not military intervention should be the priority in dealing with the violence in Libya, amid stepped-up efforts by the Libyan opposition to oust the nation's long-time leader, Moammar Gadhafi. In a television interview Tuesday, French government spokesman Francois Baroin said Paris is horrified at the violence in...

International Pressure Increases on Libya's Gadhafi

World pressure is mounting against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the wake of his government's crackdown on opposition forces.On Tuesday, Austria joined a growing list of countries announcing plans to freeze the assets of the Libyan leader and his close associates in line with EU sanctions.  Libya is estimated to have at least $1.6 billion in...

US Consulting Allies on Military Options for Dealing with Libya

The United States says it is consulting allies about military options for dealing with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on opposition forces trying to end his 42-year autocratic rule. U.S. officials said Monday "all options" are under consideration, including the imposition of a no-fly zone to prevent Mr. Gadhafi's air force from...

Libyan Opposition Repels Government Attack on Key Western City

Libyan opposition forces say they have repelled an attack by government troops on Zawiya, a western city near the capital, Tripoli, where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is trying to fight off an uprising against his 42-year rule. An opposition leader in Zawiya told VOA that pro-Gadhafi troops and tanks tried to enter the city late Monday, but anti-...

Libyan Opposition Fights Pro-Gadhafi Forces in Zawiya

International pressure is mounting on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave Libya, but he told an American television network that Libyans love him and he has no plans to step down.  Meantime, U.S. officials have come out with their strongest statement yet that Mr. Gadhafi must go, and anti-Gadhafi forces in Zawiya say they are repelling troops...

Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman: Libya Requires Arab Solution

A prominent member of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council has called on the Arab League and Arab countries to intervene in Libya to end the crisis, but warns the West to desist from what he describes as interfering in Libya’s affairs. Esam Alarian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, says his group is organizing humanitarian...

Italy Seeks EU Assistance to Deal With Refugee Influx

The Italian government is seeking help from European Union member states to deal with an influx of refugees as the wave of unrest spreads in North Africa.  Some European agencies estimate that as many as 1.5 million refugees could come to Italy to escape the turmoil in their home countries.  European states are divided on how to deal with the...

African Union Declines Action Against Libya

The African Union Peace and Security Council has met to discuss events in Libya, but declined to follow other international bodies in imposing sanctions against the Gaddafi government. The Council also extended the mandate of an Ivory Coast mediation team.The United Nations and the European Union have slapped sanctions on Libya. The Arab League...

Libyan Government Criticizes UN Sanctions

A Libyan official is criticizing international actions against the embattled leadership of Moammar Gadhafi, including new U.N. sanctions. As the Gadhafi government consolidates its forces around the capital Tripoli, the opposition is trying to establish new government structures in territory it controls, while ordinary citizens nervously await...