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NATO Airstrikes on Libya Intensify

NATO planes stepped up their bombing of Tripoli early Tuesday.A series of powerful explosions shook the Libyan capital Tripoli overnight after NATO warplanes carried out close to 20 bombing raids.  Witnesses say many of the raids appeared to be close to a military compound where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may be hiding. A NATO spokesman...

Creating a Safe Haven for Chadians Fleeing Libya

Humanitarian agencies are setting up a way station in a small, remote mountain town in Chad. It’s the entry point for thousands of Chadian migrants fleeing the conflict in Libya. All the new arrivals need food, water and health care. The town of Zouarke is little more than a cluster of 20 huts. But one thing it does have is a deep well. And at any...

Libyan Rebel Council to Open Office in Washington

A top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East says the Libyan rebel's Transitional National Council has accepted an invitation from U.S. President Barack Obama to open a representative office in WashingtonU.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said Tuesday in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi that the United...

US Diplomat in Libya's Rebel Territory for Talks

The most senior U.S. diplomat to visit Libya since the uprising against leader Moammar Gadhafi began in February was in rebel territory expressing support on Monday.Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is in the rebel stronghold Benghazi for talks with leaders of the government opposition. The visit comes a day...

European Union Recognizes Libyan Rebels

The European Union has boosted the international recognition of the Libyan rebel leadership by opening an office Sunday in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi.European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was surrounded by a flock of rebel officials and reporters as she arrived in Benghazi to inaugurate the new E.U. office. She accepted a...

UN Security Council Cancels Visit to Sudan’s Abyei Region, Citing Violence

The United Nations Security Council has cancelled a visit to Sudan’s disputed Abyei region after government forces launched an offensive, capturing a main town.  UN officers briefing diplomats and journalists Saturday said northern Sudanese forces had taken control of the town of Abyei after a day of heavy shelling. Spokeswoman Hua Jiang said...

Libyan Rebels Free 4 Detained Frenchmen

The foreign ministry of France says four French nationals held by Libyan rebels on suspicion of spying have been freed.A ministry statement Saturday said the four men were brought to Egypt and taken into the care of French consular officials.The four worked for a private security firm and were detained by Libyan rebel forces in the rebel...

With Elections on the Way, Tunisia Still Unsettled

Two months before scheduled elections, Tunisia remains a country in flux. Protests continue, discontented Tunisians are still migrating to Europe and the country is grappling with unrest spilling over from neighboring Libya. Tunisia was at the vanguard of the protests still roiling the Arab world. The self-immolation of a young man in southern...

NATO Says Libya's Leader is 'Hiding'

A NATO spokesman says the alliance's air campaign over Libya has effectively forced leader Moammar Gadhafi into hiding.Wing Commander Mike Bracken says airstrikes targeting pro-Gadhafi forces in Tripoli have hampered Gadhafi's ability to control his forces. Bracken commented Friday after NATO said it had launched a series of airstrikes that...

UN Security Council Visit to AU Headquarters Kicks Off Week of High-Level Talks

The African Union (AU) is gearing up for a big week, beginning with a visit by the United Nations Security Council, followed by two continental summits, one focusing on Libya and another on trade. All the continent’s hotspots will be under review.African Union headquarters is in a festive mood as it begins possibly the busiest and most significant...

Thousands of Chadians Stranded after Fleeing Libya

In a remote mountain town near the Niger border, nearly 4,000 Chadian migrants are stranded with little food or water. They’ve traveled a long way to get to Chad, suffering from exposure to searing heat and clouds of dust. The migrants fled the conflict in Libya and traveled some 800 kilometers by truck to the town of Zouarke. While they are back...

Libyan Resistance Fighters Make Presence Known in Tripoli

A senior United Nations official is warning that Libya is a ticking time bomb and that life-saving assistance is needed, especially in the western part of the country.  Little is known about what is happening in Tripoli, the nation's capital and Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold.  To find out, VOA's Carolyn Presutti spoke to two opposition leaders -...

Obama Addresses 'Extraordinary Change' in Middle East, North Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the "extraordinary change" taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, but said too many countries have met the calls for change with violence.Obama, speaking Thursday at the State Department, said the most extreme example is Libya, where he said Moammar Gadhafi launched a war against his own people...

Libya Frees Four Detained Foreign Journalists

Libya has freed four foreign journalists detained since early April.A Libyan official said the journalists were released to a hotel on Wednesday after they appeared this week before a judge and completed a hearing in an administrative court on charges they had "entered the country illegally."Three of the journalists were identified as GlobalPost's...

UN Says Libya is a 'Ticking Time Bomb'

A senior U.N. official warns conditions in Libya are continuing to deteriorate and life-saving assistance is urgently needed.  In launching the appeal, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Panos Moumtzis, says his main concern is for the western part of Libya where 80 percent of the population lives.  “Our concern for the west is that the...