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China Prepares Libya Evacuation

China is preparing a mass evacuation of its citizens from Libya, where a violent uprising has seen Chinese interests come under attack. China said Wednesday it is sending a fleet of ships, buses and planes to Libya to evacuate over 30,000 Chinese nationals.A chartered plane left Beijing Wednesday loaded with food and medical supplies, and will...

Tripoli Streets Deserted After Gadhafi Urges Attacks on Protesters

Witnesses in the Libyan capital Tripoli say many streets were deserted Wednesday, with residents afraid to leave their homes, a day after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged his supporters to attack anti-government demonstrators. The witnesses told foreign news agencies that armed Gadhafi loyalists and mercenaries from other African nations were...

US, Other Nations Send Ferries, Planes to Libya for Evacuations

The U.S. State Department says it has chartered a ferry to evacuate Americans from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as other nations make similar efforts to help tens of thousands of foreigners flee a deadly uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A U.S. notice sent to Americans in Tripoli advises those wishing to leave to report to the city's...

Muslim Brotherhood Urges Support for Libyan Protesters

A prominent member of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council has called on anti-government protesters to be, in his words, defiant and keep up the pressure on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, adding there is need to get rid of the “mad dictator.” Esam Alarian, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told VOA the international...

UN Security Council to Hold Session on Libya Violence

The U.N. Security Council will hold a special session Tuesday to discuss the violent crackdown on protesters in Libya.  The 15-member council will be briefed in a closed session by a senior U.N. official.  Diplomats say the council will also discuss the content of a draft statement, which several diplomats said should strongly condemn the violence...

Newly Resigned Libyan Ambassador Urges UN Action

The Libyan ambassador who resigned his post in protest of his government's handling of protesters is calling on the United Nations to take action against his country. Ali El-Assawi, who up until this week was Libya's ambassador to India, expressed outrage at his country's use of fighter aircraft to bomb civilians in his home capital, Tripoli."This...

China ‘Concerned’ Over Libyan Unrest

China has expressed concern about unrest in Libya, especially attacks on Chinese workers and assets there.  A Libyan diplomat stationed in Beijing has resigned to protest his government's violent crackdown on protesters. China has been watching unfolding events in the Middle East and North Africa and responded cautiously to the latest uprising in...

'Outraged' UN Chief Tells Libya's Gadhafi to Stop Violence

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is "outraged" by Libya's deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters, and told Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to stop the violence "immediately." Speaking on a visit to Los Angeles Monday, Ban said he had a 40-minute phone conversation with Gadhafi earlier in the day and "forcefully" urged the Libyan...

Gadhafi Loses Support of Libyan Officials, Denies Fleeing

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is losing the support of key figures in his government as Libyan officials at home and abroad resign or defect in response to his deadly crackdown on nationwide protests demanding his ouster. Mr. Gadhafi made a brief televised statement Monday, saying he was in the Libyan capital and not Venezuela as he leaned out of...

Analyst: Libyan Government ‘Cracking’ Under Protesters’ Pressure

An official of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization, said the violent repression of anti-government protesters by the Libyan administration could mark, in his words, the beginning of the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s over four-decade rule. Mohammed El-Sayed, researcher for the Islamic Human Rights Commission on Libya,...

US: Gadhafi Must Stop 'Bloodshed'

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the violence against anti-government protesters in Libya and called on Moammar Gadhafi's government to stop what she described as the "unacceptable bloodshed" taking place in the North African nation.Clinton said Monday the world is watching events unfold in Libya "with alarm." Her statement...

Libyan Protests Escalate With Fires, Gunfire Reported

Reports from Libya indicate the more than 40-year-rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is under siege from an escalating popular uprising that is turning violent and destructive. Witnesses in the Libyan capital say the country's legislative branch is among government buildings on fire as opposition activist’s battle security forces and government...

EU Denounces Libya Violence; Prepares to Evacuate Nationals

The European Union has denounced the harsh crackdown by Libyan authorities against anti-government protesters as reports emerge of scores of dead in the capital Tripoli. European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels are endorsing a statement condemning Libya's repression of anti-government protesters. It calls on the country to respect...

Arab and Sub-Saharan Countries Share Issues of Poverty, Unemployment

Sub-Saharan African countries are closely watching developments in North African and Middle East countries, according to a South African foreign policy analyst. Thomas Wheeler, who’s with the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, is a former ambassador. In Libya, where violence has perhaps claimed hundreds of lives,...

World Leaders Slam Libya Violence

Leaders from throughout the world are demanding a peaceful resolution of the turmoil in Libya. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa called Monday for an end to the violence in the north African nation, and said he sees the Libyan protesters' demands as legitimate.European Union officials are encouraging Libya to move toward democracy. They are...