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Clinton vows to stay into second Obama term

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton said she planned to stay on as secretary of state into US President Barack Obama’s second term, presuming he wins re-election, to help with the transition. “I will stay until the beginning of the next term because I know it takes a while for people to…

Oil prices climb amid Libya fighting

NEW YORK – World oil prices advanced on Tuesday as fighting raged on in Libya, a significant exporter of crude before the current crisis. In New York, crude for April delivery closed at $104 dollars a barrel, up $1.67 at the end of Monday trade. In London Brent North Sea…

US says goal is to get Gaddafi to step down

SANTIAGO – The United States Monday sent mixed messages about its objectives in Libya, as President Barack Obama said Moamer Kadhafi must go, but vowed US forces would stick to a narrower UN mandate. “Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically…

Gaddafi strongholds bombed as Misrata ‘overrun’

TRIPOLI – Moamer Kadhafi’s Tripoli compound was rocked by blasts late Monday, his southern strongholds targeted and a navy base bombed as international criticism mounted over the air assault on Libya. Rebels, meanwhile, said they were under intense attack by Kadhafi’s forces in the city of Misrata near Tripoli and…

White House defends Obama no-fly stance

WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama’s reluctance to order US forces to mount a “no fly” zone over Libya, following domestic criticism over his stance. Debate over a no fly zone went on at the United Nations on Tuesday but risked being overtaken by advances…

Gaddafi forces lay siege to resistance strongholds as international talks begin

AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) – Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi on Monday launched attacks on a key town that rebels have vowed to defend, as leading nations began talks on the crisis. Rebel fighters in Ajdabiya said four shells had fallen west of the town while a former officer…

Gaddafi loses control of swathes of east Libya

TOBRUK, Libya – Moamer Kadhafi’s regime has lost vast swathes of Libya’s east to an insurrection, it emerged Wednesday, as the West prepared for a mass exodus from a “bloodbath” in the north African country. With condemnation of the brutal crackdown growing and foreigners fleeing the oil-rich country, Kadhafi was…

UN Security Council holds Libya meeting

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council held formal consultations Tuesday on the Libya crisis with western nations pressing for a strong statement on the violence roiling the North African nation. “There is even more concern after what was a very worrying speech by Moamer Kadhafi,” said one diplomat before…

Defiant Gaddafi orders uprising crushed

TRIPOLI – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Tuesday ordered his forces to crush an uprising that has rocked his 41-year rule, warning armed protesters they will be executed and vowing to fight to the end. In a defiant, sometimes rambling television speech, Kadhafi vowed to remain in Libya as head…

World markets slide, oil soars on Libya unrest

LONDON (AFP) – Global markets dived Tuesday and oil prices spiked above $108 per barrel, as sentiment was rocked by violent unrest in Libya, while the safe-haven US dollar gained ground. “The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt are continuing to spread across the region. It seems to be Libya’s turn…

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