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Heavy gunfire reported near parliament in Libya capital Tripoli

Heavy gunfire and clashes broke out Sunday in the south of the Libyan capital, near the country's interim parliament whose members were evacuated, witnesses and an MP said. They said the clashes erupted after a convoy of armoured vehicles entered Tripoli……

Fireworks injure hundreds during Libya religious feast

Nearly 650 people were wounded during the night by exploding fireworks in the Libyan capital, where Muslims were celebrating the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, state media said Monday. Lana news agency, quoting hospital officials in Tripoli, said more than 640 people were hurt, many of them suffering burns to…

World Bank ready to help Libya

WASHINGTON — The World Bank said Monday it has been monitoring Libya’s economic situation and would be guided by member countries on resuming its activities with the country. “Guided by our shareholders, the Bank will reengage with Libya just as soon as we can be helpful in the country’s recovery,”…

Rebels close in on oil town as NATO set to take charge

TRIPOLI – Rebels battled on to the eastern oil town of Ajdabiya Thursday as plans firmed for NATO to take over coalition operations after Tripoli came under attack for a sixth day and death tolls mounted. France promised to continue air raids “for as long as necessary,” and Italy offered…

Libya’s Gaddafi denies fleeing as cities overrun

TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi denied Monday he had fled his country after protesters overran several cities, as his four-decade rule was under assault amid claims of a “massacre” in Tripoli. “I am going to meet with the youth in Green Square,” in downtown Tripoli, he said, in what…

Reports say up to 40 dead in Libya; Gaddafi faces challenges to rule

Libya’s Gaddafi faces challenge to four decades of rule TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s veteran ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, faces one of his severest challenges amid protests by thousands in the second city of Benghazi and reports that more than 40 people have been killed by security forces. The demonstrations on Friday…

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