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NATO denies new Libya civilian deaths claim

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO came under verbal fire again on Saturday from Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, which accused it of killing 15 more people in strikes on civilian sites in the eastern city of Brega, a claim promptly denied by the alliance. Meanwhile, three powerful explosions struck the eastern Tripoli suburb…

Italy calls for an end to NATO’s bombing campaign in Libya

ROME (AFP) – Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power. “We have seen the effects of the crisis and therefore also of NATO…

NATO admits causing Libya civilian deaths

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO acknowledged late Sunday it was responsible for civilian deaths in Tripoli after Libyan officials showed reporters five bodies, two of them of toddlers, they said were among nine people killed in a “barbaric” air strike. Rebels fighting the four-decade rule of Moamer Kadhafi meanwhile warned that…

NATO admits civilian casualties in Libya raid

BRUSSELS (AFP) – NATO late on Sunday acknowledged it was responsible for civilian deaths during a Tripoli bombing raid, after Libyan officials claimed toddlers among nine dead. An alliance statement said “NATO acknowledges civilian casualties in Tripoli strike” during action targeting a Libyan military missile site. “It appears that one…

Libyan gov’t claims ‘barbaric’ NATO raid killed civilians, children

LIBYAN officials revealed nine bodies, five from the same family including two toddlers, killed in a “barbaric” NATO air raid yesterday, hours after international organisations urged a political process to end the war. Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim accused the Western alliance of deliberately targeting civilians, saying there were no military…

NATO shortcomings ‘could jeopardise Libya mission’

BRUSSELS (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Friday that military shortcomings among NATO members could jeopardise the alliance’s air war in Libya. With half of the countries in the 28-member alliance not participating in the Libya campaign, Gates said it reflected a worrisome lack of military assets.…

NATO agrees to take over Libya operations: official

BRUSSELS – NATO agreed Sunday to take command of military operations in Libya from a US-led coalition, a NATO official said Sunday. “NATO has decided today to implement all aspects of the UN Resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Kadhafi regime,” a…

NATO allies debate Libya military option

BRUSSELS — As US warships entered the Mediterranean Wednesday, NATO allies were divided on whether to use military might in Libya while Moamer Kadhafi warned that any Western foray would leave thousands dead. The United States and Britain have raised the possibility of creating a no-fly zone to prevent Kadhafi…

Romney, Kerry call for Mubarak’s resignation

WASHINGTON – Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said Tuesday that Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak should step down in the face of widespread protests that have ravaged the nation. The change demanded by the Egyptian people, Romney said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “would…

Ron Paul, Ralph Nader agree on ‘progressive-libertarian alliance’

In this corner, a libertarian, tea party hero who ran several campaigns as a candidate for US president on the Republican ticket. And in that corner, a progressive icon of the left who also ran several campaigns for the US presidency but on the Green Party ticket. One might think…

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