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Libyan rebels move closer to key western city amid fighting

DAFNIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces exchanged heavy artillery fire near the western city of Zlitan on Friday as the rebels tried to push deeper into government-held territory east of the capital. A Reuters team in Dafniya, the outskirts of the rebels’ western bastion of Misrata, described rebels firing artillery…

Congressman Kucinich decries assassination attempts on Libyan dictator Gaddafi

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold NATO responsible for any violations of international law amid reports that Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target in NATO’s ongoing operations. “Just as the President has written himself a blank check to go to war…

Powers plot ‘post-Gaddafi’ future as rebels eye cash

ABU DHABI (AFP) – Major powers met Thursday to plot out what US officials call a democratic “post-Gaddafi Libya” as the rebels warned the talks would be a failure if they secured no concrete financial support. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterparts from NATO and other countries participating…

Gaddafi vows to fight on as NATO airstrikes pound Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Waves of NATO aircraft hit Tripoli on Tuesday in the most sustained bombardment of the Libyan capital since Western forces began air strikes in March. By Tuesday afternoon, war planes were striking different parts of the city several times an hour, hour after hour, rattling windows and…

Libya’s Gaddafi vows to fight until death

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state television to fight to the end, after NATO intensified air strikes on Tripoli. “We only have one choice: we will stay in our land dead or alive,” he said in the fiery audio…

Britain readies ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain is to add “bunker-busting” bombs to the arsenal its warplanes are using over Libya, a weapon it said on Sunday would send a loud message to Muammar Gaddafi that it is time to quit. Britain and other NATO powers are ratcheting up their military intervention in…

Libyan rebel capital doubts Gaddafi’s son is dead

BENGHAZI, Libya — The Libyan rebel capital Benghazi was rocked by sustained gunfire and explosions overnight as fighters celebrated reports that Seif al-Arab, a son of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, died. But by early Sunday doubts about the truth of the report crept in, quelling the joyful mood, as it…

Bachmann claims NATO killed 30,000 civilians in Libya

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) got her facts confused Sunday while objecting to President Barack Obama’s decision to participate in the military action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The Minnesota congresswoman told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that NATO airstrikes had killed up to 30,000 civilians in the country. “People should be…

Intel Agencies: ‘No evidence’ of Viagra-fueled Libyan rape campaign

There are conflicting reports out of Libya as to whether or not troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have been engaging in systematic rape-sprees fueled by the prescription anti-impotency drug Viagra. Thursday, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice reported to the Security Council that rape is increasingly being…

Libya’s Gaddafi offers ceasefire, but will not leave

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire and negotiations provided NATO ”stop its planes,” but he refused to give up power as rebels and Western powers demand. The rebels and NATO rejected Gaddafi’s offer, saying it lacked credibility. A spokesman for the insurgents said the…

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