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Evacuation planned for foreigners in Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An international body said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege. The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them…

Libyan rebels apparently kill their own military commander

By Rania El Gamal BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel military commander was shot dead in an incident shrouded in mystery, dealing a blow to the Western-backed forces struggling to topple Muammar Gaddafi. Rebels said Abdel Fattah Younes, long a member of the veteran leader’s inner circle before defecting in…

McCain urges recognition of Libyan rebel gov. council

BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – Rebels bogged down in their bid to oust Moamer Kadhafi on Friday hailed a US decision to deploy armed drones over Libya, as Senator John McCain urged the world to recognise the rebels’ council. The US military’s top officer, meanwhile, said between 30 and 40 percent…

UN Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya – The UN Security Council on Thursday cleared the way for air strikes to halt Moamer Kadhafi’s assault on embattled rebels in Libya, sparking celebratory gunfire in the city of Benghazi under threat of imminent attack. Making the first raids possible within hours, the Security Council approved a…

Gaddafi forces lay siege to resistance strongholds as international talks begin

AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) – Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi on Monday launched attacks on a key town that rebels have vowed to defend, as leading nations began talks on the crisis. Rebel fighters in Ajdabiya said four shells had fallen west of the town while a former officer…

Six die in Libya ‘Day of Anger’

NICOSIA (AFP) – Six people were killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday, as Moamer Kadhafi’s regime sought to overshadow an opposition “Day of Anger” with its own rally in the capital Tripoli. Meanwhile, clashes broke out in the city of Zentan, southwest of the capital, in which…

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