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UN chief Ban calls for ceasefire in Libya

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Wednesday for an “immediate, verifiable ceasefire” in Libya where rebels are fighting to end Muammar Gaddafi’s 41 years in power. Ban was speaking in Geneva after

Libyan tribes call on Gaddafi to go

Libya’s tribes on Wednesday urged Moamer Gaddafi to cede power, as rebels backed by NATO air strikes said they forced the strongman’s missiles out of range of the lifeline port of Misrata.

Zawahri urges Muslims to fight NATO in Libya

DUBAI – Al Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al Zawahri has urged Muslims in North Africa to fight NATO and American forces in Libya, the SITE Intelligence Group reported on Friday. The monitoring group said the video message appeared to have been recorded before NATO and Western forces began air strikes to support rebels against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
“I want to direct the attention of our Muslim brothers in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and the rest of the Muslim countries, that if

France insists Libya air strikes UN-approved

PARIS – France insisted on Thursday that NATO air strikes against Moamer Gaddafi’s forces in Libya are being carried out in “strict accordance” with the terms of a UN Security Council resolution. Paris was reacting after emerging powers Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa urged that “force be avoided” in Libya, and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev said the Security Council had not authorised military action.
“Firstly, France’s action is carried out in strict

UN resolution did not authorise military operations in Libya

SANYA – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday that a UN Security Council resolution on Libya did not authorise the use of military force — a position he said was backed by his BRICS partners.
“The Security Council resolutions should be implemented,” Medvedev told reporters after a summit with the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa in southern China.
“They should be implemented in accordance with their letter and spirit,” said the Russian

African union hopeful for Libya ceasefire

DOHA – The African Union is seeking a way to establish a ceasefire in Libya and is trying to convince rebels in the eastern city of Benghazi to join in the effort, a spokesman for the group said on Wednesday.
Despite the collapse this week of an African Union-sponsored peace plan, Nouredin Mezni, spokesman for the chairman of the African Union Commission, said he hoped a ceasefire could be established “hopefully within days or hours.”
“It is up to the people of Libya when

UN rights investigators to start probe in Libya

GENEVA – UN investigators said on Friday they would start next week to probe alleged human rights violations committed in Libya by both forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and rebels trying to topple him.
The independent three-member commission of inquiry, headed by American war crimes expert Cherif Bassiouni, declined to reveal their exact travel schedule but said that it would stop first in Egypt and also would visit Tunisia and Libya.
He said the team would gather testimony

Hopes fade for 150 Libya boat people lost at sea

ROME – Hopes faded on Thursday for some 150 African refugees fleeing Libya whose boat capsized in the middle of the Mediterranean in stormy weather, a day after 53 survivors were plucked from the sea.
“We are still searching for 150 people. The hope of finding other survivors is fading by the hour,” Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said in parliament.
Italian and Maltese coast guard vessels and planes, as well as two commercial vessels, were taking part in the high-seas

International community calls for ceasefire, political solution in Libya

TRIPOLI – Countries and regional organizations in the world are calling for immediate ceasefire and political solution in Libya, where forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi rebels chased each other in the UN-mandated no-fly zone.
Algeria’s Maghreb and Africa Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel Tuesday reiterated, “We endorse an immediate cease fire, as proposed by the African Union in its road map.”
“We believe that political option remains the best

Jolie says people fleeing Libya need support

TUNIS – Actress and goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie appealed on Tuesday for international support for people fleeing the conflict in Libya and for increased aid for those inside the country. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency UNHCR who visited the Libyan-Tunisian border, said recent arrivals from Libya had told her about heavy fighting and assaults.
More than 400,000 people have fled Libya to Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Algeria, Chad and Sudan since February

Libya open to reform if Gaddafi not forced out

TRIPOLI – Libya’s government said on Tuesday it was ready to negotiate reforms provided embattled leader Moammer Gaddafi was not forced out, as loyalists troops pushed rebel fighters back from the key oil port of Brega and the US military withdrew its fighter jets from the international air campaign in Libya.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-led air strikes had destroyed 30 percent of the regime’s military capacity since the United Nations (UN)-backed bombing campaign

People fleeing Libya need support: Jolie

TUNIS – Actress and goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie appealed on Tuesday for international support for people fleeing the conflict in Libya and for increased aid for those inside the country.
Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR who visited the Libyan-Tunisian border, said recent arrivals from Libya had told her about heavy fighting, harassment and assaults.
More than 400,000 people have fled Libya to Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Algeria,

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