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Niger will not extradite Kadhafi son

Niger will not extradite Saadi Kadhafi even though the son of the slain Libyan leader violated his asylum conditions with “subversive” comments in a television interview, officials said on Saturday. “Our position remains the same — we will hand Saadi Kadhafi to a government that has an independent and impartial…

Russia recognizes Libya’s rebels as world leaders meet

Russia on Thursday officially recognised Libya’s rebels as the governing authority in the country, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Russian Federation recognises Libya’s National Transitional Council as the ruling authority and notes its reform programme that includes the development of a new constitution, holding general elections and…

Gaddafi defiant as Libya rebels consolidate gains

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi vowed to resist both rebels and NATO air strikes, as the insurgents sought to consolidate gains on one front and readied to push forward on another. “Millions of people are on my side,” Kadhafi said in a speech broadcast over loudspeakers to partisans in Al-Aziziya, 50…

Libya rebels’ raid reaches Brega

AJDABIYA, Libya — Libyan rebels were preparing on Saturday to try to retake the oil refinery town of Brega after breaching its defences in a late night reconnaissance raid. Rebel military spokesman Mohammed Zawi told AFP that a light mobile force had breached loyalist positions around Brega late on Friday,…

Clinton urges Gaddafi to deliver democracy not threats

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded on Saturday that Moamer Kadhafi deliver democracy instead of threats, after the Libyan leader warned Europe of stinging attacks unless NATO halts its air war. “Instead of issuing threats, Kadhafi should put the well-being and interests of his own people first and he…

Libya bombing campaign enters 100th day

NATO operations in Libya entered a 100th day on Monday with airstrikes having eased the siege of key rebel cities but with Moamer Kadhafi still in power and fears of an open war lingering. Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, NATO is still pounding…

Italy calls for an end to NATO’s bombing campaign in Libya

ROME (AFP) – Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power. “We have seen the effects of the crisis and therefore also of NATO…

NATO admits causing Libya civilian deaths

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO acknowledged late Sunday it was responsible for civilian deaths in Tripoli after Libyan officials showed reporters five bodies, two of them of toddlers, they said were among nine people killed in a “barbaric” air strike. Rebels fighting the four-decade rule of Moamer Kadhafi meanwhile warned that…

NATO leaders in talks amid fresh Libya strikes

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO’s chief will hold talks on Libya with British leaders on Wednesday after the alliance battered Moamer Kadhafi’s forces even as its top brass raised concerns about the 11-week aerial war. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron…

Gaddafi plays chess as fighting rages across Libya

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Libyan state television showed footage of Moamer Kadhafi playing chess with the head of the World Chess Federation, as fighting between the Libyan strongman’s forces and rebels raged on many fronts on Monday. The images broadcast late Sunday showed the chess game between Kadhafi and FIDE president…

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