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NATO Increases Pressure on Libya's Pro-Government Forces

NATO is stepping up pressure on the Libyan government's strongholds with targeted aerial attacks and psychological warfare operations.Wing Commander Mike Bracken said Tuesday NATO has air-dropped leaflets and broadcast messages to troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi asking them "to return to their barracks and homes.''  The messages also...

N. African Migrants Risk Lives to Reach Italian Island

More than 30,000 migrants have arrived from north Africa on the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa, so far, this year.  Most of the migrants leave the coasts of Tunisia and Libya onboard rickety fishing boats.  Thousands of people have died making the journey.  Despite the dangers, the ongoing violence in Libya is forcing many more people...

Libya Opposition ‘Encouraged’ By Washington’s Support

The general secretary of Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council [NTC] says his group is satisfied and encouraged by the support it is enjoying from the Obama administration. The comments by NTC official Abdul Karim came after a delegation from the group recently held talks with US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and other senior US...

Libya Offers Truce as ICC Prepares Arrest Warrants

Libya's prime minister has offered a truce in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire as the International Criminal Court prepares arrest warrants for three officials charges crimes against humanity.Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi called for the cease-fire in Tripoli Sunday after a meeting with U.N. special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib. His request...

Libyan Opposition Leader Rejects Truce Offer

A Libyan opposition leader says the opposition will not accept any offer of a ceasefire from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. This comes after Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi Sunday offered a truce to visiting U.N. envoy Abdullah al-Khatib in return for an end to NATO bombing. Hadi Shalluf, president of the Justice and Democracy Party of Libya...

Libya Offers Truce to UN in Return for NATO Cease-fire

Libya's prime minister has offered a truce to a visiting United Nations envoy in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire. Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi made the comments in Tripoli Sunday following a meeting with U.N. special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib. Soon after Khatib arrived, Libya's state television reported that a new NATO airstrike hit...

British Defense Chief: NATO Needs to 'Up Ante' in Libya

The head of Britain's armed forces is urging NATO to broaden its range of bombing targets in Libya amid fears the conflict might end in a stalemate.General David Richards told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper that there is a risk the conflict could result in Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi clinging to power if NATO does not "up the ante."  He said...

Tunisia Arrests Two Suspected of al-Qaida Links

<!--IMAGE--> Tunisian state television says two people suspected of having links to al-Qaida's North African branch have been arrested in the country's south.Reports say the men were carrying bombs when they were arrested in an area near the border with Libya. No further details were released.Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb grew out of an...

More Migrants Reach Italy from North Africa

More than 1,000 migrants fleeing North Africa reached Italian shores Friday and Saturday, adding to a refugee crisis triggered by unrest in Tunisia and Libya.Officials said eight boats carrying 1,300 people arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa.Many of the refugees are migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, including Senegal and Somalia....

Libyan Opposition Reaches out to France

Libyan opposition leaders will seek additional support from France on Saturday, a day after the U.S. stopped short of granting the opposition's Transitional National Council (TNC) full diplomatic recognition.French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet with council leader Mahmoud Jabril in Paris on Saturday.  A TNC delegation met with U.S. national...

Libyan Refugees Describe Brutalizing Boat Ordeal

Survivors of a boat that left Tripoli on March 25 describe the brutalizing ordeal they and their fellow passengers were forced to endure on this perilous journey.  The U.N. refugee agency says its staff interviewed three Oromo Ethiopian men on Thursday who said they were among only nine survivors from a boat carrying 72 people.  The survivors of...

ICC Prosecutor Seeks Libya Arrest Warrants

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will seek arrest warrants next week for three people considered responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya.Luis Moreno-Ocampo did not reveal the names of the suspects in his statement Friday, but Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is expected to top the list. Those charged will face...

Gates: US Remains Cautious Over Libyan Rebels

Representatives from the Libyan opposition are in Washington this week to meet senior U.S. officials in a bid to win more foreign assistance to help topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.  But the United States remains hesitant in providing more aid.When Libya’s uprising began in March, there were calls for the United States to train the country’s...

NATO Strikes Gadhafi Compound in Tripoli

NATO bombs hit government buildings in the Libyan capital Tripoli Thursday the same day NATO's secretary general visited Washington. A Libyan resistance leader, also visiting the U.S. capital, says the opposition needs more bombs, more often, to win the war against Moammar Gadhafi.  VOA's Carolyn Presutti spoke to the resistance leader and to NATO...

Amnesty International Releases Annual Report on Human Rights

Amnesty International says in its latest annual report that recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show that freedom of expression lies at the heart of human rights. 2010 ended with a public uprising in Tunisia that forced that country’s longtime leader from power.  Then in the new year, similar public demonstrations prompted Egypt's...