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Megrahi says his Lockerbie role exaggerated

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, said his role in the attack had been exaggerated and the truth about what really happened would emerge soon. Al-Megrahi, released from a Scottish prison two years ago because he was suffering…

NATO air strikes kill 354 civilians: Gaddafi spokesman

TUNIS (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesman told Reuters on Saturday that NATO air strikes on Sirte overnight had hit a residential building and a hotel, killing 354 people. His claim could not immediately be verified as Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, has been largely cut off from communication since the fall of…

Cameron in Tripoli, says U.K. will aid in hunt for Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday pledged that Britain would help to hunt down fugitive former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. “This is not over,” Cameron told a news conference in Libyan capital Tripoli. “We will help you to find Gaddafi and bring him to justice.” Cameron…

Gaddafi’s men flee to Niger, hunt for leader goes on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Some senior Muammar Gaddafi loyalists are among a new group that has fled to Niger, security sources there said on Friday, a day before a deadline expires for the surrender of some of the deposed leader’s remaining strongholds in Libya. Gaddafi himself declared in an audio broadcast…

Gaddafi loyalist gunmen dig in as town suffers

WISHTATA, Libya, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Haunted by gun-toting loyalists and festooned with faded portraits of Muammar Gaddafi, the besieged Libyan town of Bani Walid remains stubbornly in the hands of die-hard gunmen raring to fight for their deposed leader. Anti-Gaddafi fighters at the gates of Bani Walid, one of…

Libyan military says Gaddafi in desert town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is in a desert town outside Tripoli planning a fightback, a Libyan military chief said on Thursday, as Libya’s interim rulers conferred with world powers on reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of war. Abdel Majid Mlegta, coordinator…

Libya leader gives Gaddafi forces surrender deadline

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim leader on Tuesday gave forces loyal to deposed ruler Muammar Gaddafi a four-day deadline to surrender towns still under their control or face military force. As the hunt for Gaddafi himself goes on, Libyan officials accused neighboringAlgeria of an act of aggression for admitting his fleeing wife and…

Lockerbie bomber said to be ‘at death’s door’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Neighbors of the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie described a wealthy recluse, constantly surrounded by security guards. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who had been diagnosed with cancer, served only eight years in a Scottish jail for…

Iran warns NATO against entering Syria ‘quagmire’

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned NATO on Sunday against any temptation to intervene in Syria, saying that rather than the defeating a regime it would be bogged down in a “quagmire” similar to Iraq or Afghanistan. Syria’s closest ally in the Middle East, Iran has in recent days tempered its…

Libyan forces close in on Gaddafi’s home town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan forces closed in on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town Sunday, vowing to seize it by force if negotiations failed, and their leaders ruled out any talks with the deposed ruler. Gaddafi’s foes were advancing on his birthplace of Sirte, which straddles the east-west coastal road, but one…

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