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French Plane Fires on Libya, Countries to Send Warplanes

A French warplane fired on a Libyan military vehicle on Saturday afternoon, according to the French military. The Defence Ministry said about twenty planes are involved in operations over the country to enforce a UN-sanction no-fly zone over the country to keep leader Moamer Kadhafi's troops from attacking rebels. France is to send its Charles de...

South African Law Disbanding Scorpions Ruled Unconstitutional

South Africa’s highest court has struck down the 2008 law that disbanded the independent crime investigating group known as the Scorpions. The legislation to disband the Scorpions followed an investigation into now-president Jacob Zuma’s alleged involvement in a major arms deal.  The Scorpions were replaced by a police-run unit known as the Hawks...

G8 Divided Over Libya As Gaddafi Forces Attack

G8 Divided Over Libya As Gaddafi Forces Attack The Group of Eight countries are divided over military intervention in Libya, as forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi push eastwards into rebel-held territory. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said on Tuesday he had failed to convince counterparts from G8 countries to endorse a no-fly zone over Libya. France is pushing for a no-fly zone to ground...

Arab League Debates No-Fly Zone As Kadhafi Forces Gain Ground in Libya

Arab League Debates No-Fly Zone As Kadhafi Forces Gain Ground in Libya The Arab League on Saturday came out in support of a no-fly zone over Libya, according to diplomats at crisis talks in the Egyptian capital. Moamer Kadhafi's air force struck at Libyan rebels as the meeting took place. Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam told Italian newspapers that the army had regained control over "90 per cent of the country". Two...

African Union Rejects Foreign Military Intervention in Libya

African Union Rejects Foreign Military Intervention in Libya The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Friday expressed "deep concern" at the events in Libya as observers raised questions on the body's slow and reserved response to the crisis in the North African country. "The council reaffirms its firm commitment to the respect of the unity and territorial integrity of Libya, as well as its...

14 Indicted In Somali Pirate Attack on American Yacht

The U.S. Justice Department says a federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen for a February yacht hijacking in which four Americans were killed.The indictment, filed Thursday in a U.S. District Court in Virginia, charges the 14 men with piracy, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and the use of firearms...

ICC Summons 6 Suspects Linked to Kenya’s Post-Election Violence

Judges at the International Criminal Court have issued summonses for the six Kenyans suspected of organizing the country’s post-election violence over three years ago. More than two months after the ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo,  revealed the so-called “Ocampo Six” under investigation for crimes against humanity in Kenya, the court’s pre-...

Libyan Unrest Heightened by Information Battle

Libyan rebels are fighting back against government forces between Bin Jawwad and Ras Lanuf, towns marking the shifting frontlines of the past few days.  Witnesses say Libyan warplanes struck positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf Monday. Residents were seen leaving the town earlier, expecting an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces after assaults...

Opposition Denies Pro-Kadhafi Forces Recapture Several Libyan Towns

At least two people died in Libya Sunday and many more were injured in clashes between Moamer Kadhafi's supporters and rebels. Thousands of Kadhafi supporters rallied in Tripoli to celebrate reported victories over the opposition. There was gunfire in the capital as between 4,000 and 5,000 cheered reports that the opposition had been driven out of...

Libyan Opposition Compiling Evidence of Gadhafi Abuse, Atrocities

The leader of the opposition Justice and Democracy Party of Libya says he has begun compiling evidence of what he describes as flagrant human rights abuses and grave atrocities perpetrated by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi against anti-government protesters. Hadi Shalluf, who is also an international lawyer, says the evidence...

Anti-Gaddafi Forces Claim Successes in Libya

Opposition forces in Libya claim to have fought off an assault by forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi in the western town of Zawiyah, while clashes and unexplained explosions have cost nearly 50 lives in just a few hours. There was heavy fighting in Zawiya, 50 km west of Tripoli, on Saturday after pro-Kadhafi forces rolled into the city, with Arabic...

Fourteen Die in Niger State Bomb Blast

Fourteen Die in Niger State Bomb Blast A twin bomb explosion yesterday ended the flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Niger-East senatorial district rally in Suleja, Niger State. It left in its wake a string of tragedies as 14 people were killed while 15 others were unconscious. Another 16 were seriously injured as at time of compiling this report. Those seriously injured...

UN Refugee Agency 'Very Concerned' Civilians Being Prevented From Fleeing Libya

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern that the security situation in Libya may be preventing people from fleeing to Tunisia, noting that the border on the Libyan side is now manned by heavily armed pro-Qadhafi forces. "From those that did manage to cross the border, we have heard that mobile phones and cameras were being...

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Warns Libya

The International Criminal Court has opened its official investigation into possible crimes against humanity being committed in Libya. The prosecutor has warned those in power there-including Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, his sons and his inner circle-that they could face prosecution if they commit crimes or fail to prevent them. Prosecutor Luis Moreno...

General Assembly Suspends Libya From Rights Body

The General Assembly today suspended Libya from the United Nations Human Rights Council for "gross and systematic" human rights violations because of President Muammar Al-Qadhafi's violent repression of peaceful protesters demanding his ouster. The vote by the 192-member Assembly, for which a two-thirds majority was required, followed a request...