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Libyans count deadly cost of battle for Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Residents of Tripoli dug makeshift graves to bury the dead as evidence emerged of widespread summary killings during the battle for the Libyan capital. A week after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the stench of decomposing bodies and burning garbage hung over the city as it faced…

Libyan rebels to seek U.N. seat in September

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Libyan rebel political leader said on Friday the transitional government-in-waiting will seek a seat at the United Nations next month following the apparent overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi this week. “We hope that next month Libya will be occupying the seat it holds at the United Nations,”…

Rebels send in special forces to hunt for Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they were sending in special forces units in their hunt for fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi, whose supporters are now pinned down in pockets of resistance in the capital, Tripoli. The rebel leadership announced it was planning to move from the eastern city of Benghazi,…

Condoleezza Rice photo album discovered in Gaddafi compound

The former dictator of Libya seems to have a crush. As rebel fighters ransacked the compound of Muammar Gaddafi following the fall of Tripoli, an unusual item was discovered: a photo album containing nothing but photos of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Gaddafi and Rice had previously met…

Report claims Gaddafi nearly captured on Wednesday

(Reuters) – PARIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Libyan commandos fighting Muammar Gaddafi came close to capturing the toppled leader on Wednesday when they raided a private home in Tripoli where he appeared to have been hiding, Paris Match magazine said on Thursday. Citing a source in a unit which it…

Foreign journalists freed from Tripoli hotel

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – All the foreign journalists who were held in a Tripoli hotel for days by armed Gaddafi loyalists left it unharmed on Wednesday. Representatives of the International Committee Red Cross came to the Rixos Hotel, arranged for them to leave and provided transport away from the hotel. Some 35 foreign correspondents,…

Leaked cable: Sen. McCain promised to help Gaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) promised to help former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware as one of the United States’ partners in the war on terror, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released Wednesday by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The meeting, which took place just over a year ago…

Evacuation planned for foreigners in Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An international body said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege. The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them…

Libyan rebels, government troops holding talks in Tunisia

DJERBA, Tunisia (Reuters) – Libyan rebels and representatives of Muammar Gaddafi’s government held negotiations late on Sunday in a hotel in southern Tunisia, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told Reuters. A spokesman for Gaddafi’s government denied there were any talks about the Libyan leader’s departure, and said…

Spokesman denies Gaddafi’s son killed in NATO raid

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan government spokesman on Friday denied reports that Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, brigade commander Khamis Gaddafi, had been killed in a NATO air strike. “It’s false news. They invented the news about Mr Khamis Gaddafi in Zlitan to cover up their killing,” Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters…

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