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Libyan Rebel Delegation to Visit White House on Friday

Representatives of Libya's Transitional National Council will visit the White House on Friday. The Libyan rebel representatives will sit down with President Barack Obama's national security advisor.The White House put out a brief written statement saying National Security Advisor Tom Donilon would meet Friday afternoon with Dr. Mahmoud Jibril, who...

HOLD until Friday-America and Arab Spring: One Man’s View

How has the so-called “Arab Spring” changed the way Americans perceive people of the Middle East and North Africa? What about how people in that region look at the United States? American author and activist James Zogby says change is needed in both camps and cautions that many Americans still don’t understand the region. Zogby, a son of Lebanese...

AU Envoy: North Africa Uprisings Crippling Somalia Rebels

African Union special envoy to Somalia, Jerry Rawlings, says popular uprisings in North Africa are helping to weaken Somali radical groups by cutting off a major source of weapons and funding. The former Ghanaian president was at AU headquarters for a meeting of elder statesmen on Africa’s peace and security challenges. Rawlings avoided naming any...

Libyan Transitional Council Seeks Local Council Support

The general secretary of Libya’s National Transitional Council [NTC] says a nationwide meeting of opposition delegates will end today in rebel-controlled Benghazi. Abdul Karim said the objective of the meeting is to gain more support from local councils across the country in their fight to force Moammar Gadhafi to step down. “The main goal is to...

US Lawmakers Probe End Game in Libya

The Obama administration is facing intense questioning from U.S. lawmakers about current and future U.S. efforts to reshape Libya.  Nearly two months into an international military campaign, legislators are seeking answers about goals, methods, costs, and potential outcomes in the oil-rich country, where leader Moammar Gadhafi continues to cling...

EU Ministers Discuss Influx of Migrants

European Union interior ministers meet in Brussels Thursday to discuss how to handle a wave of migrants flooding into their countries following the Arab uprisings in North Africa.  Fading hopesNear a highway on the edge of Paris, dozens of mostly Tunisian immigrants are camped out in a dusty park, living on sandwiches handed out by volunteers -...

Rockets Strike Libyan Capital

Explosions rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early Thursday, from what witnesses say were apparent NATO strikes. Libyan government officials say at least four rockets targeted a compound in the capital that belongs to leader Moammar Gadhafi. Meanwhile, the head of the opposition National Transition Council (NTC) is meeting with British Prime...

US Senator: Libyan Leader's Assets To Help Fund Post-Gadhafi Era

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee says, with the Libyan people protected by a NATO-led mission, planning is underway for a post-Moammar Gadhafi era. Senator John Kerry spoke with reporters at the Capitol after meeting with a leader of the Libyan Transitional National Council. Senator Kerry says the first phase of...

UN Secretary-General Calls for Libya Cease-Fire

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he spoke to Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi by telephone Tuesday evening and conveyed his concerns about the need to protect the civilian population.  “I told him that the Libyan authorities must stop attacking civilians. I said there must be an immediate, verifiable cease-fire, negotiations...

IOM: Migrants Fleeing Libya Overwhelm Niger

The International Organization for Migration says about 1,000 people every day are arriving from Libya to northern Niger's main entry point of Dirkou, fleeing Libya's months-long conflict. The head of IOM in Niger, Abibatou Wane, says many of the migrants are from Niger or other sub-Saharan African countries and arrive in poor condition after...

Libyan Rebels Gain Ground in Misrata

Libyan rebels say they gained ground in the besieged port city of Misrata, while United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Libyan government stop its assault and allow humanitarian access to civilians in need.  Rebels say they pushed forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi further away from Misrata in heavy fighting. A rebel...

UN Security Council Focuses on Protecting Civilians

During a U.N. Security Council discussion Tuesday on the protection of civilians during armed conflicts, a senior United Nations official urged the council to be comprehensive and consistent. Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian chief, told the Security Council it is critically important for the council to demand compliance with...

UN Begs Mariners to Aid Libyan Refugees in Mediterranean

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing to European states and Mediterranean boat captains to rescue people fleeing Libya by sea. This appeal comes just days after a ship carrying 600 people sank soon after departing from Tripoli.  The U.N. refugee agency says it is very concerned by the growing death toll of those fleeing war-torn Libya...

NATO, EU Defend Record of Saving African Migrants

NATO and the European Union say they are doing what they can to help African migrants in trouble at sea amid calls by the United Nations to intervene. As hundreds of migrants continue to set sail from North Africa to Europe, and the death toll of casualties climbs. Questions are also mounting about efforts to save those foundering at sea.Britain's...

NATO Carries Out Airstrikes on Libyan Capital

NATO warplanes have carried out heavy airstrikes on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early Tuesday.Witnesses heard at least five loud blasts in the capital and watched a plume of smoke drift over the city.Government officials escorted journalists to the site of some of the damage. The airstrikes hit an office building used by a government agency,...