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Gaddafi planned civilian killings, Hague court says

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court has evidence Muammar Gaddafi’s government planned to put down protests by killing civilians before the uprising in Libya broke out, the ICC’s prosecutor said on Tuesday. The peaceful protests that erupted on February 15 descended into civil war as Gaddafi’s forces first fired on demonstrators, then violently…

NY Times journalists released by Libya, will return home soon

(Reuters) – Four New York Times journalists captured by Libyan forces while covering the conflict there are at the Turkish embassy in Tripoli and will be sent home within hours, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. The four are two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Beirut bureau chief Anthony…

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…

World powers move towards further action on Libya

GENEVA – World powers ramped up the pressure on Moamer Kadhafi’s regime on Monday, as the United States urged the international community to work together on further steps to end bloodshed in Libya. “The people of Libya have made themselves clear: it is time for Kadhafi to go — now,…

Clinton says Gaddafi must go, foreign efforts grow

GENEVA (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Monday of using “mercenaries and thugs” to suppress a popular uprising as world leaders discussed new steps to oust him. “We have seen Colonel Gaddafi’s security forces open fire on peaceful protesters. They have used heavy…

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…

US Senator Kerry calls for global pressure on Libya

WASHINGTON – US Senator John Kerry on Tuesday denounced Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protests as “beyond despicable” and called for global pressure to end his regime. The Kadhafi government’s “use of deadly force against its own people should mean the end of the regime itself. It’s…

Libya’s Kadhafi under siege as cities overrun

TRIPOLI – Protesters on Monday overran several Libyan cities and Tripoli was rocked by violence some residents said was a “massacre,” as the pillars of Moamer Kadhafi’s hardline four-decade rule began to crumble. A suggestion in Brussels by British Foreign Secretary William Hague that Kadhafi may have left the country…

EU fears for citizens in Libya

BRUSSELS — European governments faced mounting fears for their citizens in Libya on Monday as Tripoli warned of civil war, but cracks remained on how to deal with veteran leader Moamer Kadhafi. After a deadly crackdown on revolutionary protesters, events took an increasingly violent turn with Libyan state television headquarters…

In dramatic turnaround, US to censure Israel in Security Council

WASHINGTON – In a dramatic departure from longstanding policy, the United States intends to support a United Nations Security Council resolutions censuring Israel for building settlements in Palestinian territory. The Obama administration told Arab governments Tuesday it will back a draft resolution saying the Security Council “does not accept the…

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