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Italy says 1,000 killed in Libya unrest

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s increasingly desperate attempts to crush a revolt against his four-decade rule have killed as many as 1,000 people and split Libya, Italy’s Foreign Minister said on Wednesday. As countries with strong business ties to Africa’s third largest oil producer scrambled to evacuate their citizens, and…

Nearly 400 dead, missing in New Zealand quake

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – New Zealand declared a national state of emergency Wednesday after one of its worst earthquake disasters left nearly 400 people dead or missing. Rescuers worked frantically to reach survivors under collapsed buildings in the stricken city centre of Christchurch, after recovering 75 bodies. About 300 people…

UN Security Council holds Libya meeting

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council held formal consultations Tuesday on the Libya crisis with western nations pressing for a strong statement on the violence roiling the North African nation. “There is even more concern after what was a very worrying speech by Moamer Kadhafi,” said one diplomat before…

Gulf states ‘anxious’ over uprisings: US military

ABU DHABI – Recent popular revolts in the Arab world are a source of “anxiety” for Gulf states who must now find a way forward in a time of change, US Admiral Mike Mullen said on Tuesday. “There’s certainly anxiety and at the same time great focus on how to…

Defiant Gaddafi orders uprising crushed

TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Tuesday ordered his forces to crush an uprising that has rocked his 41-year rule, warning armed protesters they will be executed and vowing to fight to the end. In a defiant, sometimes rambling television speech, Kadhafi vowed to remain in Libya as head…

Israel on high alert as Iran warships enter Med

JERUSALEM – Israel put its navy on high alert and said it would respond immediately to any “provocation” as two Iranian warships sailed through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday. The Iranian vessels entered the southeastern Mediterranean after going up the canal for the first time since the…

Thousands join Iraq anti-govt demo

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Around 4,000 demonstrators crowded Tahrir Square in the centre of the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah on Tuesday, the latest protest against the dominance of two major parties in the region. Iraqi officials have attempted to head off nationwide rallies in recent days by cutting the pay of…

Watch Al Jazeera English live as Libya revolts

Read AFP’s live blog of the events in Libya. The video below is a live broadcast from Al Jazeera English, covering the Libyan revolution.…

Top Muslim cleric calls on soldiers to kill Gaddafi

Follow live updates of the Libyan uprising. Prominent Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on Libyan soldiers to shoot leader Muammar Gaddafi dead, issuing a fatwa saying any soldier with the ability should step up “to rid Libya of” the 41-year leader. “Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot…

Libya revolts: Live updates

THIS IS AN AFP LIVE BLOG OF THE LIBYAN UPRISING: POSTS TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY… Watch live coverage of the events in Libya from Al Jazeera English. TRIPOLI (AFP) – 1650 GMT: Kadhafi threatens strikes against protesters like Tiananmen Square. 1649 GMT: Britain will send a charter flight to Libya…

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