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Libyan Warplanes Launch Air Strikes on Key Oil Port

Witnesses say Libyan warplanes launched new air strikes Thursday against the key eastern oil port of Brega, a day after rebels drove forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi from the city.Opposition forces repelled powerful ground and air assaults Wednesday as Gadhafi loyalists launched their first offensive against opposition-controlled eastern...

Libya Analyst: Rebels ‘Emboldened’ by Apparent Victory

An official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization, says Libya’s anti-government protesters have been psychologically emboldened after the group fought off an attempt by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi to reclaim Brega, an oil town in the eastern part of the country. Claude Salhani says, despite the anti-...

Zambia Opposition Denies Split in PF/UPND Alliance

A leading member of Zambia’s main opposition Patriotic Front (PF) party dismisses media reports that his group has severed an alliance with the United Party for National Development (UPND) ahead of this year’s general elections. Wynter Kabimba, general secretary of the PF party says his group wants a strong alliance, but expresses concern that...

At 50, US Peace Corps Still Draws Volunteers

Alex Gordon volunteered in the Peace Corps in the early 1990s. He has a box full of keepsakes from the more than two years he spent building a rural school in Paraguay. “Yeah it brings back a whole lot of memories,” he admits.Gordon says volunteering in the Peace Corps is about more than doing good in the world. “It gives you the confidence that...

Libyan Government Criticizes UN Sanctions

A Libyan official is criticizing international actions against the embattled leadership of Moammar Gadhafi, including new U.N. sanctions. As the Gadhafi government consolidates its forces around the capital Tripoli, the opposition is trying to establish new government structures in territory it controls, while ordinary citizens nervously await...

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...

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...

Libyan-Americans Raise Independence Flag

As violent protests continue across Libya, activists in Washington took a stand against the country's leader, Moammar Gadhafi. Libyan anti-government activists, including many women, chanted Friday for a free Libya as they raised the country's flag of independence at the residence of the Libyan ambassador to the U.S., who has resigned.The red,...

Opposition Movement Moves Westward in Libya, as Bloody Uprising Continues

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continue to attack anti-government protesters, but the opposition groups appear to be gaining more of a foothold, despite the brutal crackdown. Slide show of latest situation in Libya The official picture coming out of Libya is far different from the one presented by Libyan civilians.Gadhafi’s son,...

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,...

Nigerians Moving to Evacuate Nationals from Libya

Nigeria's government says it is moving to evacuate its citizens from Libya. Nigeria's government is deploring what it calls a disproportionate use of force by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia says President Goodluck Jonathan is moving to evacuate Nigerians from Libya because the government is committed to...

AU Joins in Condemning Use of Force in Libya

Africa's highest security body has added its voice to the international chorus condemning the use of lethal force against demonstrators in Libya.  The African Union Peace and Security Council chose its words carefully in dealing with an insurrection against one of the AU's most influential leaders. "It was awful."  That was how one African...

Kenya Reform Moves Forward

Kenya’s coalition government is finally moving forward with its judicial reform agenda after President Mwai Kibaki’s surprise withdrawal of key nominations after nearly a month of controversy. Since late January, Kenya’s coalition government has been engulfed in a bitter struggle between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga over...

French President Calls for EU Sanctions Against Libya

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government is facing new and stronger international calls to stop a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for the EU to impose "concrete sanctions" against Libya. In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he said those involved in the ongoing violence in Libya must know...

US Military Says Americans on Hijacked Yacht Killed

The U.S. military says all four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed by their captors.The U.S. Central Command released a statement Tuesday saying U.S. forces heard gunfire aboard the SV Quest while trying to negotiate the hostages' release.It says a reaction force boarded the hijacked vessel to discover all four...