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UN Accuses Libyan Forces of War Crimes

Special United Nations investigators accuse government forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity - charges that Libya denies.  Members of an international Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate human rights violations in the midst of the ongoing war say they, too, have evidence of war...

Senegal's President, in Libya, Urges Gadhafi to Quit

Senegal's president has called on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down, saying "the sooner you leave, the better."President Abdoulaye Wade spoke Thursday from the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, where he met with officials from the rebel leadership council.Wade said Colonel Gadhafi should step aside in the interest of the...

Rebels Aiming at Tripoli, Says Libyan Opposition Leader

The general secretary of Libya’s opposition Transitional National Council [TNC] says rebels will soon launch an offensive to take over the capital Tripoli, as pressure mounts on Moammar Gadhafi to step down. Abdul Karim said the rebels will continue with their main objective, which he said, is to liberate Libyans from Gadhafi’s dictatorship. “We...

Libya Contact Group Discusses Funding for Rebels

Representatives from nations backing military action in Libya began talks in Abu Dhabi Thursday to discuss ways to help the country’s opposition. A number of issues were said to be on the table including implementing resolutions that allow air strikes on Moammar Gadhafi’s ground forces and restrict members of the defiant leader’s regime from...

US Costs for Libya Soaring, Report Finds

A memo obtained by the Financial Times says the U.S. military effort in Libya is costing hundreds of millions of dollars more than first estimated.The Pentagon memo, which the newspaper says was given to some U.S. lawmakers, says the military is spending $2 million a day on air strikes, refueling operations and intelligence gathering missions. ...

China Plays Mediator to Libya's Fighting Factions

Libyan opposition forces trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi from his four decades in power are heading to China to seek support. Foreign Ministry official Chen Xiaodong announced the visit at a briefing Thursday - just as an envoy from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wrapped up a two-day visit during which he urged China to help secure a ceasefire....

As NATO Bombs Tripoli, World Powers Chart Libya Without Gadhafi

NATO has launched more airstrikes near the residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as global powers gathered to discuss a Libya without him.Loud explosions rocked the Libyan capital Tripoli late Wednesday, with the first bombs striking an area near Gadhafi's compound and the second attack near a hotel where foreign journalists have been staying...

Gadhafi Forces Attack Libyan Port City of Misrata

Government forces in Libya have carried out a heavy assault on the rebel-held city of Misrata on the same day that NATO vowed to keep up its air campaign against the embattled Libyan leader.Witnesses say the port city came under heavy shelling Wednesday as thousands of pro-Gadhafi troops advanced from the south, east and west.   Doctors and rebel...

UN Asks For Privacy For Alleged Libyan Rape Victim

The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday appealed for privacy for alleged Libyan rape victim Iman al-Obeidi who has been taken with other refugees to a special center in Romania.UNHCR spokeswoman Sybella Wilkes told VOA on Wednesday that al-Obeidi is safe and recovering. The UNHCR center in Romania is for refugees who have undergone...

Clinton Travels to Middle East, Africa

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set off on a four-nation trip where she will take part in talks on Libya as well as an African economic conference.On Thursday, Clinton will be in the United Arab Emirates for a meeting of the 22-nation Libya Contact Group.  Participants are expected to discuss how to help rebels opposing Libyan leader...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

NATO Defense Chiefs to Discuss Libya Campaign

NATO defense ministers are set to meet Wednesday in Brussels to assess the campaign in Libya, a day after NATO warplanes pounded Tripoli with some of the most intense airstrikes since the coalition operation began in March.NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he expects to discuss preparations for the future of Libya without leader...

Clinton Prepares For Economic Oriented Africa Tour

Enhancing trade, development and regional security will be key priorities for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an Africa tour later this week. After a stop in the United Arab Emirates to discuss Libya, Secretary Clinton will start the Africa portion of her trip with a scheduled visit to Zambia's capital Lusaka Friday. There, she will...

Libyan Leader Defiant Despite Intense NATO Airstrikes

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the end, after NATO aircraft pounded Tripoli on Tuesday with some of the most intense daytime airstrikes since it began its campaign.Gadhafi made the vow in a fiery audio speech that was broadcast on state television. He said the Libyan people will not "kneel" and will not surrender. Earlier...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...