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Gadhafi's Son Warns of Civil War as Libyan Protests Spread

A violent, anti-government uprising in Libya has spread to the capital, Tripoli, as leader Moammar Gadhafi's son told Libyans in a televised speech the country would fall into a vicious civil war if they threw off his father's 40-year-long rule.In a rambling address early Monday, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi warned that "rivers of blood" would consume...

Rights Advocate Warns Massacre Looming in Libya

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said her organization is increasingly concerned and seriously alarmed about what she described as the ongoing murder of unarmed protesters who are demanding reforms in Libya. Heba Fatma Morayef, researcher for the Rights Organization for Egypt and Libya, told VOA it appears is behind the...

Anti-Government Protests Spread in Arab Countries

Security forces in Libya have opened fire again on anti-government protesters, while thousands of people have started protesting in Morocco, and people in Bahrain and Yemen continue to demonstrate for political reform.In Libya's second-largest city, Benghazi, witnesses said security forces shot at mourners attending a funeral Sunday for protesters...

Anti-Government Protests Spread in North Africa

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Morocco and Tunisia Sunday, while there are reports of up to 200 people killed during clashes with security forces in eastern Libya. Morocco was the latest Arab country with anti-government protests. Journalists report at least 2,000 people marched in the capital, Rabat, and other...

Rights Group: Death Toll Rises to 104 in Libyan Protest Crackdown

A U.S.-based rights group says a Libyan government crackdown on anti-government protesters in the country's east has killed at least 104 people in five days of unrest. Human Rights Watch issued the estimate Sunday, a day after Libyan security forces fired on protesters in the second largest city of Benghazi, where crowds gathered for the funerals...

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen

Security forces in Libya and Yemen have carried out more deadly shootings against anti-government protesters, while thousands of pro-democracy activists in Bahrain have returned to a major square following the withdrawal of security forces. Witnesses and media reports in Libya say security forces shot and killed at least 15 protesters in the...

Anti-Government Movements Gain Traction as Yemen, Libya Face Crackdown

As pro-democracy movements gain momentum in the region, Yemen and Libya are cracking down on the protest movements that have been growing within their borders during the past week. Popular uprisings continue to spread through the regions of North African and the Middle East.In Yemen's capital, Sana'a, protests turned violent Saturday as anti-...

Crackdown on Protesters Deepens in Libya

News reports say Libyan security forces fired shots Saturday to disperse a crowd gathered to mourn protesters killed in a government crackdown on demonstrations.There were conflicting reports as to whether forces fired directly at the group in Libya's second-largest city of Benghazi, or in the air. The Associated Press quotes a Libyan hospital...

24 Killed in Libya Protests, Says Rights Group

24 Killed in Libya Protests, Says Rights Group Security forces have killed at least 24 people in a violent crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Libya, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. The New York-based rights group, citing witnesses, said 24 protesters were killed and scores injured during assaults on Thursday's Day of Anger protests in two Libyan cities. A local medical...

HRW Says 24 Killed in Libyan 'Day of Rage' Protests

An international human rights group says Libyan security forces killed 24 protesters during Thursday's crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.Human Rights Watch says witnesses say security forces shot and killed protesters in an effort to break up the demonstrations across Libya.The New York-based group called on Libya to end the use of...

Libyan Activists Call for More Protests

Libyan activists are calling for nationwide protests Thursday following clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces.Expatriate opposition leaders, Libyan human rights groups and online activists are using the social networking website Facebook to call for "day of rage" protests Thursday. Those calling for the action are...

Anti-Government Protests Break Out in Libya

Libyan protesters clashed with police Wednesday in an anti-government demonstration inspired by the uprisings that brought down the rulers of Libya's neighbors, Egypt and Tunisia.Opposition activists, organizing through social media, rallied against the country's long-time leader, Moammar Gadhafi, in the country's second-biggest city, Benghazi....

Experts Say al-Qaida Center May Shift to Sahara, Sahel

Terrorism experts say the world has every reason to be concerned about terrorism in 2011 and beyond. They say al-Qaida may be slowly dying in Afghanistan, but its tentacles around the world live on in very remote areas.  They also say frustration among the poor in the Middle East and Africa could lead to new ethnic and political conflicts. The...

US Welcomes Sudan Referendum Results

The United States on Monday welcomed the official results of the referendum in southern Sudan, and announced that it will recognize an independent Southern Sudanese state.  The Obama administration is moving to normalize relations with the Sudanese government in Khartoum in the wake of the overwhelming secession vote.The White House announcement...

Report: Former British Government Helped Libya Prepare Appeal

Prime Minister David Cameron says the former British government did not disclose the full facts surrounding the release of the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane over Scotland. A report says the British government at the time of the release did not apply direct pressure to convince Scottish authorities to release the Libyan...