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Obama: With Gaddafi’s era over, U.S. will be Libya’s ‘partner’

US President Barack Obama pressed Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to “explicitly” give up power and warned exuberant rebels that their struggles were “not over yet.” “The Libya that you deserve is within your reach,” the president said in a message to Libya’s insurgents, cautioning “there will be huge challenges ahead”…

White House: Kadhafi’s days numbered

The White House predicted Sunday that Moamer Kadhafi’s days as leader of Libya were numbered, as rebel forces fired the opening shots in a battle for Tripoli. President Barack Obama received a briefing from senior national security staffer John Brennan at his rented farmhouse on the resort island of Martha’s…

Libyan rebels report town under siege

Residents of a small Libyan town, just 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli, who took up arms against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime were said to be under siege on Saturday. A representative from Al-Qusbat’s rebel military committee told AFP that the town was now surrounded by Kadhafi’s forces and fears are…

Gaddafi forces retake western village

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi were again in control on Monday of the village of Josh at the foot of the strategic western Nafusa mountains, AFP journalists at the scene said. The rebels had on Sunday taken the village, but said they were forced to retreat to the…

Libyan rebel commander killed

BENGHAZI, Libya — General Abdel Fatah Younes, a former senior official in Moamer Kadhafi’s regime who defected to lead rebel forces, has been killed, according to the head of the rebel National Transitional Council. “With all sadness, I inform you of the passing of Abdel Fatah Younes, the commander-in-chief of…

Lockerbie bomber attends pro-Gaddafi meeting

Ailing Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, convicted for life over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, made his first public appearance in nearly two years at a meeting in support of strongman Moamer Kadhafi. Megrahi, 59, who has terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August…

Libyan women fight for freedom on the home front

ZINTAN, Libya — Libyan men have had to reassess how they view the fairer sex since the start of the uprising, and when the dust settles the role of women in the north African country may well have changed for ever. The women of Libya — especially in the Nafusa…

Gaddafi ‘may abandon’ bombed capital, rebels seek arms

TRIPOLI — Moamer Kadhafi is considering leaving the capital Tripoli following blistering NATO air raids, a report said, as Libya’s rebels hinted they may allow him to remain in the country if he stands down. The Wall Street Journal Friday quoted a senior US national security official as saying American…

Clinton accuses Gaddafi of using rape as a tool

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused the forces of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Thursday of using rape and violence against women as “tools of war.” Clinton said the United States was “deeply concerned” by reports of widescale rape in Libya and “troubled” by reports that governments…

U.S. foresees $46 billion in 2011 military sales

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States plans to export $46.1 billion in weapons this year, nearly doubling its 2010 figures, officials said. During the fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, Washington expects the sales of equipment and military services through its Foreign Military Sales process to grow. About 79…

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