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U.S. drawing up new UN resolution on Syria

The United States is drawing up a new draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria demanding humanitarian access to protest cities where thousands have been killed, diplomats said Tuesday. If put to a vote it would be the third time Western nations have tried to get a Security Council resolution…

U.S. vows to keep up pressure on Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration vowed Wednesday to keep up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime’s, a day after China and Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against it. “The US will continue to work with as many countries as we can to increase the pressure on…

Gaddafi unable to launch offensive: NATO commander

Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi are no longer able to launch a credible military offensive, the commander of NATO-led Libyan operations told AFP in an interview Thursday. “The Kadhafi regime’s forces continue to be weakened, both in strength and their will to fight,” Canada’s Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard said, speaking from his Italy headquarters,…

NATO agrees to take over Libya operations: official

BRUSSELS – NATO agreed Sunday to take command of military operations in Libya from a US-led coalition, a NATO official said Sunday. “NATO has decided today to implement all aspects of the UN Resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Kadhafi regime,” a…

Obama, allies, defend handling of Libya

WASHINGTON – The White House and key allies hit back Wednesday at sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of strikes on Libya, saying the future of US ties with emerging Muslim leaders was at stake. But Republican House Speaker John Boehner pressed Obama in a tough-worded letter to explain…

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…

Developing: UN implements no-fly zone over Libya, French aircraft confirmed

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the podium in Paris  at 12:25 p.m. EST. She said that the Libyan government had “lost all legitimacy,” and listed the broad coalition of support for U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, demanding a cease-fire in Libya. “Yesterday, President Obama…

U.S. vetoes U.N. draft condemning Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States on Friday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory after the Palestinians refused to withdraw the Arab-drafted text. The other 14 council members voted in favor of the draft resolution. But the United States, as one of…

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