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Opposition Movement Moves Westward in Libya, as Bloody Uprising Continues

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continue to attack anti-government protesters, but the opposition groups appear to be gaining more of a foothold, despite the brutal crackdown. Slide show of latest situation in Libya The official picture coming out of Libya is far different from the one presented by Libyan civilians.Gadhafi’s son,...

Expert: In Some Countries, US Torn Between Its Values and Interests

The dilemma has been haunting the United States for decades. Do you prop up a regime that treats you favorably, even if that regime does not necessarily share your democratic principles? Or do you stand firm on your values, even if it means losing a partner or ally?In the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, the United States opted for the former approach...

Fresh Violence Flares in Libya

Fresh clashes have broken out between fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and anti-government forces pushing for him to give up power.The fighting Thursday took place about 200 kilometers east of the capital, Tripoli, in the city of Misrata, where anti-government forces on Wednesday claimed to have taken control of the country's third...

Foreigners Flee Libya Violence, Pour Into Egypt

Thousands of foreigners caught in the violence in Libya are struggling to leave.  Some are able to board aircraft, ferries and other ships chartered by their governments, while others are pouring across the borders of neighboring Egypt.   Many have been helped to safety by Libyans under siege themselves. Streams of people pour through the dusty...

Foreigners Continue Mass Evacuations from Libya

Canada and Britain were set Thursday to send planes to Libya's capital, Tripoli, as part of an ongoing massive evacuation of foreigners from the country.Poor weather forced a U.S.-chartered ferry to remain in port overnight in Tripoli, delaying efforts to evacuate Americans to Malta.Tens of thousands of foreigners in Libya are boarding planes,...

Gadhafi Loyalists Reinforce Grip on Tripoli, Protests Spread

Fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are reinforcing their grip on the capital, Tripoli, as a growing popular uprising spreads across the eastern half of the country.Anti-government forces there have consolidated control over key cities, and have vowed to "liberate" Tripoli.Protest organizers in the capital, which is Gadhafi's...

Gaddafi Opponents Control Coastal East of Libya, Reports Say

Opponents of leader Moamer Kadhafi control the coastal east of Libya, with government troops fraternising with rebels, media reports say. Residents in Libya told the AFP news agency that protesters have taken control of the Libyan coast from the city of Tobruk through to Libya's second city Banghazi and as far as Ajdabiya. French daily Le Monde...

Pro-Gadhafi Forces Dig in Around Tripoli as Revolt Spreads

Fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are reinforcing their grip on the capital, Tripoli, as a growing popular uprising spreads across the eastern half of the country and anti-government forces consolidate control over key Mediterranean cities.In Tripoli, Mr. Gadhafi's stronghold, protest organizers are calling for new rallies Thursday...

Sudan Rebel Group Denies Role in Anti-Protest Violence in Libya

The spokesman for the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has denied accusations that members of his group are acting as mercenaries for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to suppress anti-government protesters. Ahmed Hussein Adam described the accusation as malicious and a calculated attempt by the Khartoum government to, in his words,...

Nigerians Moving to Evacuate Nationals from Libya

Nigeria's government says it is moving to evacuate its citizens from Libya. Nigeria's government is deploring what it calls a disproportionate use of force by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia says President Goodluck Jonathan is moving to evacuate Nigerians from Libya because the government is committed to...

Obama Condemns Libya Crackdown

President Barack Obama on Wednesday strongly condemned Libyan government-sanctioned violence against demonstrators, and said the United States is stepping up international consultations on how to deal with the situation. The president appeared with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after talks at the White House.The president's remarks came at...

UN Chief: Perpetrators of Libya Violence Must be Held Accountable

The U.N. Secretary-General says he is viewing events in Libya with "grave concern" and warned that those responsible for reported serious human rights violations must be held accountable in the courts. Ban Ki-moon also said he would be sending some of his senior officials to Egypt and Tunisia in the coming days. The U.N. chief cut short a trip to...

Tunisians Flee Libya Turmoil

Thousands of people fled violence-torn Libya into neighboring Tunisia Wednesday, using every form of transport they could. Our reporter was at the Tunis airport where hundreds of Tunisian workers arrived home on emergency flights. The Tunis-Carthage airport was packed late Wednesday as relatives massed to greet haggard loved ones arriving from...

AU Joins in Condemning Use of Force in Libya

Africa's highest security body has added its voice to the international chorus condemning the use of lethal force against demonstrators in Libya.  The African Union Peace and Security Council chose its words carefully in dealing with an insurrection against one of the AU's most influential leaders. "It was awful."  That was how one African...

French President Calls for EU Sanctions Against Libya

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government is facing new and stronger international calls to stop a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for the EU to impose "concrete sanctions" against Libya. In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he said those involved in the ongoing violence in Libya must know...