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Zuma: Gadhafi Not Ready to Leave

South African President Jacob Zuma says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is not ready to leave his country.Zuma made the comment Tuesday after returning home from meeting with Gadhafi in Tripoli Monday.  Zuma was trying to broker a peace deal between the Libyan government and rebel fighters.Zuma told Libyan media Monday that Gadhafi wants a cease-...

South Africa's Zuma Set to Broker Libya Cease-Fire Talks

South African President Jacob Zuma is set to arrive in Libya Monday to try to broker a cease-fire agreement between forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels calling for him to leave power.Zuma is traveling to the capital, Tripoli, on behalf of the African Union for his second trip to Libya since the conflict began.The visit comes a day...

South African President Urged to Focus on Human Rights in Libya

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch [HRW] says South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma should make human rights issues an important part of his agenda as he meets embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Monday. Fred Abrahams, special adviser for the rights group, said there is need for President Zuma to express concern about the...

McCain: 'Gadhafi May Crack'

U.S. Senator John McCain says he would prefer to see a greater U.S. military role in the Libyan conflict, and he expressed concern American support for U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan is waning. In an appearance on the talk show Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain said he is not satisfied with the...

Tensions Remain High in Refugee Camp Near Tunisia-Libya Border

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to international donors to step up aid for thousands of refugees and migrant workers caught up in deadly disturbances over the past week at a camp near the Tunisia-Libya border.  The UNHCR is also urging countries to resettle refugees who cannot safely return to their home countries.  Serious disturbances broke...

Unrest in Libya's Misrata, Tripoli

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have launched a fresh effort to regain control of rebel-held Misrata, Libya's third largest city.Reuters news agency says fierce fighting between pro-government forces and rebels is underway on the city's Western outskirts, Friday.  Separately, the French News Agency quotes NATO's Lieutenant General...

Obama: US, France Want to 'Finish the Job' in Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and France are joined in resolve to "finish the job" in Libya, as NATO presses for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. President Obama spoke Friday after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in Deauville, France.President...

AU Summit Endorses Libya Peace Map, Demands Air Strikes Halt

An African Union summit has demanded an immediate end to NATO airstrikes on Libya, and backed a “Road Map” peace plan calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. A small but growing number of African nations are suggesting Moammar Gadhafi must be excluded from any peace deal.The African Union Thursday endorsed its own peace plan for Libya. The so-...

Libyan Opposition to Open Office in Washington, Says Official

The general secretary of Libya’s opposition Transitional National Council [TNC] says his group will soon open an office in Washington, as pressure mounts on Moammar Gadhafi to step down and cede power. Abdul Karim said he is encouraged by the international community’s support and recognition of the TNC’s legitimacy. “We are optimistic and happy...

Libyan Govt Says Ready for Cease-Fire, US Says Offer 'Not Credible'

Libya's prime minister says the government is ready for a cease-fire with rebels fighting to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi announced the truce offer Thursday, but ruled out the departure of Gadhafi - a key demand of the rebels and NATO, which is conducting airstrikes against government forces.White House...

Libya Invested Oil Wealth Around the World

A new report says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi deposited billions of dollars of the country's oil revenues in accounts at some of the largest Wall Street and European financial institutions.Global Witness, a British advocacy group that campaigns against natural resource-related corruption, released a document Thursday it had obtained showing that...

AU Security Summit Considers Post-Gadhafi Libya

African leaders are holding a two-day security summit focused on shaping more timely and coordinated responses to crises on the continent.  The opening day's discussions at African Union headquarters revealed deep divisions about how to move to a post-Gadhafi Libya.Moammar Gadhafi's government asked for the continental summit after initial AU...

Fresh Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

At least three loud explosions rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, late Wednesday. Libyan government officials said the blasts were caused by NATO airstrikes that hit targets that include a vocational school. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to try to resolve Libya's political crisis are unfolding on two fronts, Thursday. The crisis - and the broader...

Obama: 'No Letup' in Airstrikes Against Gadhafi

As NATO intensifies its airstrikes on Libya, U.S. President Barack Obama has told the world there will be "no letup" on allied efforts to force Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down.People in Tripoli said they can hear that NATO's barrage against the Libyan capital has increased. The U.S. president met with British Prime Minister David...

Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

Fresh explosions rocked Libya's capital late Tuesday. Journalists in Tripoli say they heard at least six loud blasts. The explosions come a day after NATO carried out some of its most intense bombings yet over the capital, including airstrikes near leader Moammar Gadhafi's compound.Earlier Tuesday, a high-ranking U.S. official who is visiting...