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Libya no-fly zone a UN decision, ‘not US’: Clinton

LONDON – Any decision to impose a no-fly zone over battle-torn Libya should be taken by the United Nations and “not the United States”, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Sky News on Tuesday. “I think it’s very important that it is not a US-led effort because this comes…

US, Libyan opposition meet in Cairo

WASHINGTON – US Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz and other US officials met in Cairo with members of the opposition seeking to topple Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the State Department said Tuesday. The State Department declined to identify Cretz’s interlocutors but said Washington has been in contact with opposition members…

US ready to help Libya’s insurgents

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Sunday it was prepared to offer “any kind of assistance” to Libyans seeking to overthrow the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi as they set up a transitional body. As forces opposed to the longest-serving Arab leader took control of several western Libyan towns,…

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…

Libyan authorities cut off nation’s Internet access: report

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Internet service was cut off in Libya on Friday as the regime evidently moved to strip anti-government protestors of ways to organize and communicate, according to Arbor Networks. Libya “abruptly disconnected” from the Internet at 4:15 pm.(00:15 GMT Saturday), according to the US based tracker of…

Clashes erupt as Libya braces for ‘Day of Anger’

TRIPOLI – Dozens of people were injured in clashes in Benghazi, a hospital in Libya’s second city said, on the eve of a nationwide “Day of Anger” called by cyber-activists in a bid to emulate revolts in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia. The director of the eastern city’s Al-Jala hospital, Abdelkarim…

Fears over Mandela’s health as iconic leader hospitalized

WASHINGTON — The thoughts of President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are with Nelson Mandela, the White House said Thursday, as the revered 92-year-old former South African president remained in hospital. Mandela’s hospital stay stretched into a second day as concern mounted in his country about his health, President…

Cantor refuses to denounce birthers as ‘crazy talk’

The Republican leadership isn’t doing much to discourage members of their party who believe President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) became the latest GOP leader Sunday to refuse to denounce the birthers. “This is a leadership moment here,” NBC’s David Gregory noted…

Embattled Irish PM steps down as party leader

DUBLIN – Ireland’s embattled Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced Saturday he was stepping down as leader of his Fianna Fail party but would remain as the country’s premier ahead of the March 11 general election. In a surprise move after a week of political turmoil, Cowen said he wanted the…

27,000 arrested in Mexico drug war in 2010

MEXICO CITY — Security forces have this year arrested over 27,000 suspected drug gang members, as part of Mexico’s ongoing bloody military-led crackdown on cartel operations, officials said. Among the top captures for Mexican authorities were the arrests of drug kingpin Edgar Valdez, known as “the Barbie,” as well as…

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