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Liberated Libya begins task of forming govt

Libya’s new leaders began Monday the tough task of forging aninterim government uniting the nation’s disparate political forces after 42 years of Moamer Kadhafi’s iron-fisted rule, promising a system of Islamic sharia law. “Today, we begin preparing for a new phase… the phase after the liberation, the phase that we will plan and…

Kadhafi’s body to be ‘handed to his relatives’

TRIPOLI — Libya’s interim government will hand the body of slain despot Moamer Kadhafi to his relatives after consulting with them on the location of his burial, a senior government advisor said on Sunday. “The decision has been taken to hand him over to his extended family, because none of…

Libyans rule out Gaddafi autopsy but promise probe

Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said Saturday that no autopsy would be carried out on the body of Moamer Kadhafi despite concerns over how the toppled dictator died. Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances of Kadhafi’s killing following his…

‘It’s your turn next,’ Yemen protesters tell Saleh

SANAA — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the Yemeni capital on Friday to demand the resignation of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh, galvanised by the death of Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. “Ali, it’s your turn next, yours and Bashar’s,” the protesters chanted referring to Syrian President…

‘That’s for Lockerbie’: British press cheers Kadhafi demise

LONDON — The death of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is a triumph which serves as a warning to other Middle East dictators, but concerns linger over the embattled nation’s future, media said Friday. Newspapers also lauded Britain’s role in bringing about the long-serving ruler’s downfall, but public opinion appeared to…

U.S. weighed cyber attack in Libya war: officials

WASHINGTON — The United States weighed launching a cyber-attack to disrupt Libyan air defenses before the start of an air campaign against Moamer Kadhafi’s forces, officials said Tuesday. The assault would have hacked into the Kadhafi regime’s computer networks to cut links between early-warning radar and surface-to-air missiles threatening NATO…

Libya forces on verge of claiming capture of Sirte

SIRTE, Libya — Forces of Libya’s new regime were on the verge of claiming full control of Moamer Kadhafi’s hometown Sirte after seizing its showpiece conference centre and university from his diehards on Sunday. The fortress-like Ouagadougou conference centre, constructed to host pan-African summits, has been a major objective of…

Photos reveal party life of Kadhafi son

TRIPOLI — Photographs obtained by AFP in Libya reveal how Moamer Kadhafi’s son Hannibal and his lingerie model wife lived a high-flying party lifestyle during his father’s brutal rule. In the dozens of photographs, found on a laptop belonging to Kadhafi’s son and made available by former Libyan rebels to…

U.K., French leaders arrive in Libya

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Libya on Thursday for a visit with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a spokeswoman for his Downing Street office said. “We can confirm he has arrived,” the spokeswoman said. Cameron and Sarkozy are the most senior Western leaders to visit Libya since Moamer Kadhafi…

U.S. vows not to meddle with post-Kadhafi Libya

Washington respects the right of Libyans to decide their own future, a senior US official said Wednesday in Tripoli, as the African Union pushed for an inclusive government after Moamer Kadhafi’s ouster. “The United States respects Libya’s sovereignty,” said Jeffrey Feltman, the highest ranking US official to visit the Libyan…

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