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France Begins 'Massive' Aid Effort for Libyan Opposition

France says it is flying medical aid to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in what it calls the start of a "massive" operation to support opposition forces trying to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said two planes were due to leave for Benghazi Monday, carrying doctors, nurses, medicine and medical...

Clinton to Meet EU Officials in Geneva, Press for New Libya Sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting EU foreign ministers in Geneva Monday, to urge them to approve tough sanctions on Libya in response to its deadly crackdown on an anti-government uprising. U.S. officials say Washington expects the European Union to adopt new sanctions against Libya later in the day. They say EU penalties will...

Libya Diplomat: Fears Severity of Gadhafi Crackdown

Libya’s ambassador to the United States has expressed concern that embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi could soon deploy sophisticated weapons to suppress anti-government protesters, who demand he step down and cede power. Ambassador Ali Aujali also says pronouncements of the representatives of the regime about peace and quiet in the capital, Tripoli...

Libyan Forces Loyal to Gadhafi Hold Small Chunks of Territory

Eyewitnesses report forces loyal to embattled Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi still hold small chunks of territory in and around the capital Tripoli, amid a steady stream of defections by former officials and supporters.  Joyous residents of the town of Misrata, close to the capital Tripoli, honk their car horns to celebrate their recent...

Some Tunisians Continue to Risk Their Lives to Get to Europe

Thousands of Tunisians have tried crossing the Mediterranean to Europe since a January uprising toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Now Europe is braced for a new tide of would-be immigrants - fleeing the chaos in Libya. For VOA, Lisa Bryant takes a look at how immigration has brought hope - and loss - to the residents of the Tunisian...

UN: 100,000 People Have Fled Libya into Neighboring States

The U.N. refugee agency says almost 100,000 people have fled Libya into neighboring Egypt and Tunisia in the past week to escape a deadly anti-government uprising. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres appealed Sunday to the international community to provide quick and generous assistance to Egypt and Tunisia to cope with what he...

Ex-Libyan Justice Minister Forms Caretaker Govt. in East

Libya's former justice minister says he has formed a transitional government based in the country's east, the focal point of an uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Mustafa Abdel Jalil made the announcement in an interview with Qatar-based television network Al-Jazeera late Saturday. Abdel Jalil says the transitional government is based...

UN's Ban Praises Security Council Sanctions on Libyan Leaders

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the U.N. Security Council for imposing sanctions on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in response to his deadly suppression of a popular uprising against his 42-year rule.Mr. Ban says the Council's unanimous adoption of the sanctions on Saturday "sends a strong message that gross violations of basic human...

Libyan Security Forces Fire on Protesters in Western City

Libyan security forces and pro-government groups in the western city of Zawiyah have violently attacked anti-government protesters and Egyptian migrant workers, Human Rights Watch said today. Hundreds of Egyptian migrants crossed the border into Tunisia on February 25, 2011, joining thousands of other migrants who had been stranded there for three...

UN Security Council Imposes Sanctions on Libyan Leaders

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his immediate family and his top associates in connection with the regime's deadly response to anti-government protests, and to refer the matter to a war crimes tribunal.The resolution, passed Saturday evening, freezes the assets of...

Much of Libya Outside of Government Control as Popular Protests Continue

Scattered protests continued in Libya Saturday, amid reports of further defections by former top officials to the side of the insurgents. Popular protests also continued in Yemen and several other Arab countries, as well.  A large crowd of mostly young protesters chanted "Libya is free, Libya is free, Gadhafi get lost," in the Western town of...

Libyan Protesters Brace for Violence in Tripoli

Opposition protesters in Libya could be facing increased pressure Saturday to end their efforts to oust leader Moammar Gadhafi.  Gadhafi Friday offered to arm civilian supporters across the country in an effort to quash dissent.On Friday, thousands of opposition protesters staged a new push to oust Gadhafi.  Protesters amassed in cities including...

Tunisian Townspeople Take Running Town into Own Hands

The North African country of Tunisia is at the vanguard of the popular, anti-government uprisings spreading across the Arab world. Now, Tunisia is entering new phase as it seeks to build democracy from scratch. The Zarzis Youth Association is packed with people. Local residents are making sandwiches and salads for their guests - hundreds of...

UN Set to Slap Sanctions on Gadhafi

The U.N. Security Council is set for a second day of emergency talks on Libya -- with members considering possible sanctions against Moammar Gadhafi's government over its violent crackdown on protesters.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday urged the Council to take what he called "concrete action" to protect the anti-government...

US Imposes Sanctions, Closes Embassy in Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that imposes unilateral sanctions on Libya, saying continued violence and unrest there poses an "unusual and extraordinary threat'' to America's national security and foreign policy. The sanctions freeze all assets held by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his three sons, a daughter and...