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People in Battle-Torn Libya Facing Critical Shortages

The UN refugee agency reports tens of thousands of people on both sides of the battle lines in Libya are facing critical shortages of essential goods.  The UNHCR participated in two inter-agency missions last week to government and opposition controlled areas to assess the prevailing situation.   The inter-agency mission went to see both sides of...

Libyan Minister Visits Beijing After China Talks With Rebels

China is taking a more active diplomatic role in Libya, where it is pushing for a political resolution to that country’s crisis. Officials Tuesday said the Libyan foreign minister is in Beijing, days after Chinese officials disclosed they have held talks with Libyan rebel forces. In public, China has not taken sides in the Libyan conflict since it...

Explosions Hit Libyan Capital as NATO Pressure Continues

Witnesses say several explosions have hit Libya's capital, Tripoli, as NATO continues to pressure Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.The witnesses said they saw smoke in the area of Gadhafi's compound following the explosions, as NATO carried out rare daytime airstrikes.Diplomatic efforts also continued Tuesday, as a special envoy sent by Russian...

Russian Envoy Tries to Mediate Libya Civil War

An envoy of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Tuesday in Benghazi with leaders of Libya’s opposition.But the envoy, Mikhail Margelov, is not expected to travel onward to the Libyan capital, Tripoli. In fact, foreign policy analysts in Moscow are not predicting much success for the Russian mediation effort in Libya’s civil war.Fyodor Lyukanov...

Libyan Rebels Push Into Gadhafi-Held West

Libyan rebels have pushed into a Western Mountain town besieged by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as NATO continued to carry out airstrikes around the Libyan capital, Tripoli.Rebels on Monday say they have taken over the town of Yafran, about 100 kilometers southwest of Tripoli.  Pro-Gadhafi forces attacked the Western Mountain...

NATO Forces Resume Air Strikes in Libya

British NATO forces resumed airstrikes on Libya's capital, Tripoli, Sunday continuing the effort to pressure Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from more than four decades of rule.The airstrikes on military barracks were a follow up to Saturday's air attacks on Tripoli. NATO said that it had, for the first time, sent attack helicopters on low-altitude...

British Foreign Secretary Visits Libyan Rebels

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Libya for talks with opposition leaders in the rebel stronghold, Benghazi. Hague is one of the highest-ranking foreign officials to visit the rebel-held territory.  The foreign secretary said he plans to meet with leaders of the opposition's Transition National Council on Saturday as part of...

NATO Sends Helicopters on Libyan Attacks For First Time

NATO boosted its bombardment of Libya Saturday, for the first time sending attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.NATO said British Apache helicopters destroyed a radar site and an armed checkpoint in their first deployment since British Prime Minister David Cameron...

US House Criticizes Obama on Libya

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has adopted a resolution criticizing President Barack Obama for dispatching U.S. military forces to the NATO mission in Libya without first getting congressional approval.  A separate resolution that would have required an immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Libya mission was defeated....

Libyan Government Faces New Military, Diplomatic Pressure

The NATO bombardment of Libya continued Friday, even as new diplomatic efforts were seen in the effort to get leader Moammar Gadhafi to give up power.China says its ambassador to Qatar has met with the head of Libya's rebel council, the first time China has revealed such contacts. Chinese officials said they stand by their position that the Libyan...

150 Migrants' Bodies Recovered in Sinking Off Tunisia

Rescuers have recovered 150 bodies of African refugees fleeing the military violence in Libya.International migration officials said Friday that operations continue in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia following the disappearance of some 200 migrants after the vessel they were on encountered rough waters this week.At least 570 people were rescued...

At Least 200 Fleeing Libya Missing off Tunisia

Tunisian rescuers combed the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday for some 200 migrants reported missing after a vessel they were aboard ran into problems in rough waters off the Tunisian coast.At least 570 people were rescued from the boat off the southern Tunisian port of Sfax. Some have been hospitalized and at least three people died after being...

UN Panel: Libyan Forces, Opposition Committed War Crimes

A U.N. panel investigating the conflict in Libya says forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and opposition forces in the country have committed war crimes.The report, published Wednesday by three U.N.-appointed experts, says the violations committed by pro-Gadhafi forces were severe enough to also constitute crimes against humanity.  They...

NATO Extends Libya Mission

NATO says it is extending its military mission in Libya for 90 days, as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi refuses to step down despite a popular uprisingNATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the announcement Wednesday. He said the move is meant to send a clear message to the Gadhafi regime that the pressure to oust him will continue.The...

Italy Feels Alone in African Immigrant Crisis

There is no end in sight to the constant flow of desperate people making the crossing from North Africa to Italy.  The latest fishing vessel to be rescued by Italian officials was carrying more than 900 immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.  The Italian Finance Police and Coast Guard boats rescued more than 900 Africans on a fishing vessel during...