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Gaddafi tanks, jets strike deeper into rebel heartland

RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan tanks fired on rebel positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf and warplanes hit another oil hub further east on Thursday as Muammar Gaddafi carried counter-attacks deeper into the insurgent heartland. In the west, Gaddafi’s army sought to starve out insurgents clinging to…

Libyan rebels in Zawiyah repel attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels holding the Libyan city of Zawiyah said they repelled two attacks on Saturday by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi using tanks and artillery. In a second day of fierce fighting for control of the coastal town, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, government forces…

Ex-minister claims Gaddafi personally ordered Lockerbie bombing

A Swedish newspaper has quoted one of Libya’s former ministers as saying he had proof that leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988. “I have evidence that Gaddafi ordered the Lockerbie attack,” former Libyan justice minister…

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…

Gaddafi suggested Palestinians revolt against Israel

TRIPOLI – Palestinian refugees should capitalize on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday. Gaddafi is respected in many parts of the Arab world for his…

Growing protest movement across Middle East prompts crackdowns, vows to reform

After revelations by secrets outlet WikiLeaks led Tunisians to overthrow the corrupt dictator Zine Abedine Ben Ali, the Middle East has been a pot at roaring boil, with brewing revolts in numerous nations, most notably Egypt. Other nations’ governments have begun scrambling. In Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and…

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