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Britain, France Help Egyptians Flee Libya

Britain and France have launched efforts to help evacuate thousands of Egyptians from Libya.  British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that he is sending aircraft to rescue Egyptians who are stranded on the Libya-Tunisia border.  France says it is sending military planes and ships to help about 5,000 Egyptian refugees return home....

Tunisian Hotel Offers Refuge from Libya Turmoil

Thousands of people fleeing the unrest in Libya continue to pour across the border into Tunisia.  While some are camped out at the border, the luckiest have found refuge at tourist hotels in the Tunisian town of Zarzis - where reporters are waiting to get into Libya. The Odyssey hotel in the southern Tunisian coastal town of Zarzis is packed these...

More Than 140,000 People Flee Libya

The United Nations refugee agency says over the past 10 days, more than 140,000 people have fled to Egypt and Tunisia from Libya.  The UNHCR says tens of thousands of people are stuck at the borders and in urgent need of help.  The U.N. refugee agency says the situation at the Libya-Tunisia border is chaotic. It says 14,000 people crossed the...

Clinton Says All Options Open on Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will continue considering all options on Libya as long as the government there continues to "turn its guns on its own people."Clinton testified Tuesday at a congressional hearing on U.S. foreign policy.She also repeated demands for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately. She...

US Consulting Allies on Military Options for Dealing with Libya

The United States says it is consulting allies about military options for dealing with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on opposition forces trying to end his 42-year autocratic rule. U.S. officials said Monday "all options" are under consideration, including the imposition of a no-fly zone to prevent Mr. Gadhafi's air force from...

Italy Seeks EU Assistance to Deal With Refugee Influx

The Italian government is seeking help from European Union member states to deal with an influx of refugees as the wave of unrest spreads in North Africa.  Some European agencies estimate that as many as 1.5 million refugees could come to Italy to escape the turmoil in their home countries.  European states are divided on how to deal with the...

Libyan Forces Loyal to Gadhafi Hold Small Chunks of Territory

Eyewitnesses report forces loyal to embattled Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi still hold small chunks of territory in and around the capital Tripoli, amid a steady stream of defections by former officials and supporters.  Joyous residents of the town of Misrata, close to the capital Tripoli, honk their car horns to celebrate their recent...

Some Tunisians Continue to Risk Their Lives to Get to Europe

Thousands of Tunisians have tried crossing the Mediterranean to Europe since a January uprising toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Now Europe is braced for a new tide of would-be immigrants - fleeing the chaos in Libya. For VOA, Lisa Bryant takes a look at how immigration has brought hope - and loss - to the residents of the Tunisian...

Police Break Up Demonstrations in Tunis

Tunisia's interim Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi has announced his resignation, saying he hopes it will "help his successor work to solve the country's problems." The resignation was announced as police clashed with protesters, a day after three people were killed in anti-government protests. Several-hundred young people calling for the ouster...

UN: 100,000 People Have Fled Libya into Neighboring States

The U.N. refugee agency says almost 100,000 people have fled Libya into neighboring Egypt and Tunisia in the past week to escape a deadly anti-government uprising. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres appealed Sunday to the international community to provide quick and generous assistance to Egypt and Tunisia to cope with what he...

Libyan Protesters Brace for Violence in Tripoli

Opposition protesters in Libya could be facing increased pressure Saturday to end their efforts to oust leader Moammar Gadhafi.  Gadhafi Friday offered to arm civilian supporters across the country in an effort to quash dissent.On Friday, thousands of opposition protesters staged a new push to oust Gadhafi.  Protesters amassed in cities including...

Tunisian Townspeople Take Running Town into Own Hands

The North African country of Tunisia is at the vanguard of the popular, anti-government uprisings spreading across the Arab world. Now, Tunisia is entering new phase as it seeks to build democracy from scratch. The Zarzis Youth Association is packed with people. Local residents are making sandwiches and salads for their guests - hundreds of...

More Protests Expected in Libya

More protests are expected in Libya Friday, anti-government forces call for a new push to oust longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.Rebel forces in the country's east say they have control of the territory, and support for the anti-government movement is growing in the west, formerly the stronghold of Gadhafi.   Protest organizers have called for...

Former Libyan Diplomat: Killing Gadhafi Only Way to End Violence

A former diplomat and interpreter for Libya’s embattled President Moammar Gadhafi says killing Gaddafi is the only solution to ending the ongoing clashes between anti-government protesters, who demand he step down, and pro-Gaddafi supporters. Abubaker Saad, professor of history and non-Western cultures at Western Connecticut State University in...

Analyst: Algerian Leader Smart to Lift State of Emergency

An official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization, says Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was “smart” in lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency, a concession to opposition groups aimed at preventing a wave of uprisings sweeping the Arab world. Claud Salhani says the government’s decision to appease opposition demands...