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Libyan-Americans Raise Independence Flag

As violent protests continue across Libya, activists in Washington took a stand against the country's leader, Moammar Gadhafi. Libyan anti-government activists, including many women, chanted Friday for a free Libya as they raised the country's flag of independence at the residence of the Libyan ambassador to the U.S., who has resigned.The red,...

US Shutters Libya Embassy, but Contact Continues

The United States suspended operations Friday at its embassy in Libya after U.S. diplomatic personnel were airlifted out of the country aboard a chartered airliner that left a military airfield near Tripoli on Friday morning. Officials say, however, that diplomatic contacts with representatives of the Moammar Gadhafi government continue.They...

US Moving Ahead With Unilateral, Multilateral Sanctions on Libya

The United States is moving ahead with unilateral sanctions, and other steps in cooperation with international partners, aimed at pressuring Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to stop his government's violent crackdown on opposition protesters.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the steps at Friday's White House news briefing as he spoke...

Tears Flow in UN Security Council Over Bloodshed in Libya

The Libyan ambassador to the United Nations made an impassioned appeal Friday to the U.N. Security Council, calling on the U.N.’s most powerful body to adopt a strong resolution and "save Libya." His speech ended with him embracing his deputy, who had defected from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's camp earlier this week, and both men sobbing as the...

US-Libya Relations Rocky During Gadhafi's Leadership

President Barack Obama has described as “outrageous” the killings of protesters demonstrating against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.Gadhafi came to power on September 1st, 1969, leading a bloodless military coup that toppled Libya’s King Idris, who was out of the country receiving medical treatment. Bruce St John, an author of seven books on Libya...

Popular Protests Continue Against Many Arab Governments

Popular protests engulfed large swathes of the Arab world after Friday prayers, as anti-government movements appear to gain momentum.  Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators turned out across the Arab world after Friday prayers to express anger at their leaders. Libya In Benghazi, Libya, the center of an insurgent movement against veteran leader...

International Pressure Mounts on Libyan Leader to Step Down

International pressure is mounting on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose violent crackdown on opposition protesters has drawn widespread condemnation.The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says there are reports of mass killings in Libya that should spur the international community to step in to end the violence.Pillay spoke...

Libya: Gadhafi has History of Using Mercenaries

There have been numerous reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is using mercenaries to try to quell the unrest in his country.  It wouldn’t be the first time he’s employed outside fighters. Retired army Lt. Col. Robert Brown is editor and publisher of Soldier of Fortune Magazine.  It reports on what it calls “news and adventure.”  The...

More Protests Expected in Libya

More protests are expected in Libya Friday, anti-government forces call for a new push to oust longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.Rebel forces in the country's east say they have control of the territory, and support for the anti-government movement is growing in the west, formerly the stronghold of Gadhafi.   Protest organizers have called for...

Former Libyan Diplomat: Killing Gadhafi Only Way to End Violence

A former diplomat and interpreter for Libya’s embattled President Moammar Gadhafi says killing Gaddafi is the only solution to ending the ongoing clashes between anti-government protesters, who demand he step down, and pro-Gaddafi supporters. Abubaker Saad, professor of history and non-Western cultures at Western Connecticut State University in...

Analyst: Algerian Leader Smart to Lift State of Emergency

An official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization, says Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was “smart” in lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency, a concession to opposition groups aimed at preventing a wave of uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Claud Salhani says the government’s decision to appease opposition demands...

Thousands Fleeing Libyan Violence Cross Into Tunisia

Thousands of people fleeing violence in Libya streamed across Tunisia's southeastern border post of Ras El Jedir, where local citizens had mobilized food and transportation.  They came to this desolate border area by truck, car and bus -Tunisians, Libyans, Egyptians, Chinese and Turks. All fleeing the clashes in Libya, where the opposition...

US Seeks Libya's Expulsion From UN Human Rights Council

The United States said Thursday it will seek Libya’s expulsion from the U.N. Human Rights Council as an initial step to try to bring an end to violence in the North African country. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join in a meeting of the U.N. panel on Monday in Geneva. Officials here say the United States will back the expulsion when the...

Sub-Saharan Africans Stranded in Libya

Thousands of people are pouring from Libya's borders, but the International Organization for Migration says Sub-Saharan Africans are not among those leaving.  Jemini Pandya is from the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration."On the Tunisian border with Libya in the past three day there have been nearly 7,000 Tunisians who have...

NATO Not Planning to Interfere in Libya

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance has no plans to intervene in the unrest in Libya.Speaking in Ukraine Thursday, Rasmussen said NATO has received no request for such an intervention, and stressed that any action NATO does take should be based on a United Nations mandate.Rasmussen said the situation in Libya does not...