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Thousands Fleeing Libyan Violence Cross Into Tunisia

Thousands of people fleeing violence in Libya streamed across Tunisia's southeastern border post of Ras El Jedir, where local citizens had mobilized food and transportation.  They came to this desolate border area by truck, car and bus -Tunisians, Libyans, Egyptians, Chinese and Turks. All fleeing the clashes in Libya, where the opposition...

Sub-Saharan Africans Stranded in Libya

Thousands of people are pouring from Libya's borders, but the International Organization for Migration says Sub-Saharan Africans are not among those leaving.  Jemini Pandya is from the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration."On the Tunisian border with Libya in the past three day there have been nearly 7,000 Tunisians who have...

Expert: In Some Countries, US Torn Between Its Values and Interests

The dilemma has been haunting the United States for decades. Do you prop up a regime that treats you favorably, even if that regime does not necessarily share your democratic principles? Or do you stand firm on your values, even if it means losing a partner or ally?In the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, the United States opted for the former approach...

Foreigners Continue Mass Evacuations from Libya

Canada and Britain were set Thursday to send planes to Libya's capital, Tripoli, as part of an ongoing massive evacuation of foreigners from the country.Poor weather forced a U.S.-chartered ferry to remain in port overnight in Tripoli, delaying efforts to evacuate Americans to Malta.Tens of thousands of foreigners in Libya are boarding planes,...

Gadhafi Loyalists Reinforce Grip on Tripoli, Protests Spread

Fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are reinforcing their grip on the capital, Tripoli, as a growing popular uprising spreads across the eastern half of the country.Anti-government forces there have consolidated control over key cities, and have vowed to "liberate" Tripoli.Protest organizers in the capital, which is Gadhafi's...

Pro-Gadhafi Forces Dig in Around Tripoli as Revolt Spreads

Fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are reinforcing their grip on the capital, Tripoli, as a growing popular uprising spreads across the eastern half of the country and anti-government forces consolidate control over key Mediterranean cities.In Tripoli, Mr. Gadhafi's stronghold, protest organizers are calling for new rallies Thursday...

Obama Condemns Libya Crackdown

President Barack Obama on Wednesday strongly condemned Libyan government-sanctioned violence against demonstrators, and said the United States is stepping up international consultations on how to deal with the situation. The president appeared with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after talks at the White House.The president's remarks came at...

UN Chief: Perpetrators of Libya Violence Must be Held Accountable

The U.N. Secretary-General says he is viewing events in Libya with "grave concern" and warned that those responsible for reported serious human rights violations must be held accountable in the courts. Ban Ki-moon also said he would be sending some of his senior officials to Egypt and Tunisia in the coming days. The U.N. chief cut short a trip to...

Tunisians Flee Libya Turmoil

Thousands of people fled violence-torn Libya into neighboring Tunisia Wednesday, using every form of transport they could. Our reporter was at the Tunis airport where hundreds of Tunisian workers arrived home on emergency flights. The Tunis-Carthage airport was packed late Wednesday as relatives massed to greet haggard loved ones arriving from...

Growing African Middle Class is Potential Source of Political Stability

The middle class has been at the forefront of demands for political change in Tunisia and Egypt. Now, a growing middle class south of the Sahara presents challenges for governments there, as well as a potential source of political stability.Political upheaval across North Africa is being driven, in part, by a growing middle class that wants more...

US, Other Nations Send Ferries, Planes to Libya for Evacuations

The U.S. State Department says it has chartered a ferry to evacuate Americans from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as other nations make similar efforts to help tens of thousands of foreigners flee a deadly uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A U.S. notice sent to Americans in Tripoli advises those wishing to leave to report to the city's...

UN Security Council to Hold Session on Libya Violence

The U.N. Security Council will hold a special session Tuesday to discuss the violent crackdown on protesters in Libya.  The 15-member council will be briefed in a closed session by a senior U.N. official.  Diplomats say the council will also discuss the content of a draft statement, which several diplomats said should strongly condemn the violence...

China ‘Concerned’ Over Libyan Unrest

China has expressed concern about unrest in Libya, especially attacks on Chinese workers and assets there.  A Libyan diplomat stationed in Beijing has resigned to protest his government's violent crackdown on protesters. China has been watching unfolding events in the Middle East and North Africa and responded cautiously to the latest uprising in...

Tunisia Moves to Outlaw Party of Former Ruler

Tunisia's interior minister, Farhat Rajhi, took steps Monday to dissolve the party of the country's ousted ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.  The move is designed to prevent members of the party from running in forthcoming elections to replace Mr. Ben Ali, who was forced from power last month and fled with his family to Saudi Arabia.Mr. Rajhi filed...

Analyst: Libyan Government ‘Cracking’ Under Protesters’ Pressure

An official of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization, said the violent repression of anti-government protesters by the Libyan administration could mark, in his words, the beginning of the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s over four-decade rule. Mohammed El-Sayed, researcher for the Islamic Human Rights Commission on Libya,...