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Syrians want ceasefire to hold but fear it will fail

DAMASCUS — Syrians voiced hope that a UN-backed ceasefire that came into force Thursday would last, but expressed fear that the government and the rebels were unlikely to commit for good. “Inshallah (God willing) it will last,” said Wassim, standing in his shop in a Damascus square and speaking of…

Libya rebels reject truce plan, say Gaddafi must go

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels on Monday rejected an African Union initiative for a ceasefire accepted by Moamer Kadhafi, and said the only acceptable solution was the ouster of the veteran strongman. The rebel rejection came after NATO chiefs warned that any deal must be “credible and verifiable,” and as…

Libya declares ceasefire after U.N. resolution

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya declared a ceasefire in the country to protect civilians and comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said on Friday. “We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations,” he told reporters. “(Libya) takes…

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