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G8 draft statement says Gaddafi has ‘lost all legitimacy’ and must go

DEAUVILLE, France (AFP) – The leaders of the G8 powers were to tell Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi on Friday that he has lost all legitimacy and must step down, according to a draft version of their summit statement. The leaders were still meeting, and it was not immediately clear if…

NATO launches air strikes against Misrata, Ajdabiya

BENGHAZI, Libya – NATO launched air strikes against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s troops in the stricken port city of Misrata on Sunday after regime forces killed at least 11 people there over the weekend, rebels said. And in Brussels, an alliance official confirmed to AFP that NATO warplanes had destroyed…

African leaders fly in to seek end to Libya conflict

TRIPOLI – A high-ranking African Union delegation was on its way to Libya on Sunday to present a blueprint for a ceasefire. On the ground, NATO destroyed key ammunition stockpiles and armoured vehicles in air strikes across the country, while heavy fighting continued around the key crossroads town of Ajdabiya.…

Libya rebels slam NATO over besieged city’s plight

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels hit out at the NATO-led air mission on Tuesday saying that it was failing in its UN mandate to protect civilians in the besieged third city of Misrata. The accusation came as the rebels sustained their first significant loss of territory to Moamer Kadhafi’s forces…

Outgunned Libyan rebels on the run as air strikes resume

AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan rebels were driven back some 200 kilometres by the superior firepower of Moamer Kadhafi’s forces on Wednesday in a chaotic stampede which saw them yield most of the ground their recent advances had secured. But the first air strike in two days against loyalist positions in…

Gaddafi forces advance closer to rebel capital

BREGA, Libya – Libyan rebels on Sunday retreated from another key town under heavy shelling from government forces as Moamer Kadhafi loyalists swept closer towards the main opposition-held city of Benghazi. A lightning counter-offensive over the past week has pushed ragtag rebels out of Mediterranean coastal towns, allowing the regime…

Libyan rebels lose ground to Kadhafi forces

RAS LANUF, Libya (AFP) – Libyan rebels ceded ground to Moamer Kadhafi’s advancing forces Monday as the United States came under increasing pressure to arm the opposition and the UN appointed a special envoy to Tripoli. The rebels began pulling back from the key oil terminal town of Ras Lanuf…

Terror in Tripoli as Kadhafi told to quit

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Residents of Tripoli cowered in their homes Sunday as US President Barack Obama hoped to avert a bloody battle for the Libyan capital by urging a defiant Moamer Kadhafi to step down “now.” Libya’s former justice minister late Saturday announced the formation of a transitional government, which…

Terror in Tripoli as Kadhafi set for battle

TRIPOLI (AFP) – Terrified residents braced Saturday for bloody battles in an eerily quiet Tripoli after Moamer Kadhafi offered to arm Libyans to defeat a popular revolt that poses the worst threat to his four-decade rule. The UN Security Council was to meet in a special session to consider a…

Obama tells world to unite against Libya bloodshed

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told the world Wednesday to unite to hold Libya accountable for a vicious protest crackdown, stiffening a US response to the crisis that critics had cast as too mild. In his first televised response to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s decision to unleash vengeance on…

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