ROME – Italy will seek the opinion of other European countries before deciding whether to recognise Libyan rebels as the country’s legitimate representatives, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday. Asked whether Italy would follow the French govt’s lead on recognising Libya’s opposition, Berlusconi told reporters at a press conference in Rome: “It’s the view of a single government. “I think it is better for us to listen to the views of the entire European community,” he
TRIPOLI/BIN JAWAD – Libyan government forces unleashed fierce attacks on the western rebel stronghold of Zawiyah on Saturday, while in the east, rebels advanced on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte. Fighters in Zawiyah, just 50 kilometres west of Tripoli, repelled two attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces who used tanks and artillery. Dozens of rebels armed with rifles manned rooftops, watching nearby streets from behind piles of sandbags. Roads and side streets were barricaded with rebel
QUETTA – Rebels blew up the largest gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday for a second time this week, again leaving thousands of consumers without gas, officials said. A senior administration official Anwar Durrani told the journalists that militants dynamited it overnight only a few hours after the authorities repaired it.
Sui Southern Gas company spokesman Enayatullah Ismail confirmed the fresh attack but said it would take another two days to restore supplies to
JUBA – At least 16 people died when rebels attacked south Sudanese troops in troubled Jonglei state, breaking a ceasefire signed last month, a southern army spokesman said on Thursday. “We are still waiting for full details of the casualties,” said Philip Aguer, spokesman for the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), adding that he feared the death toll would rise.
“The rebels launched their attacks on Wednesday at 1:00 pm (1000 GMT) killing four of our soldiers, but the
KUALA LUMPUR – The Philippine government and the nation’s main Islamic separatist group agreed on Thursday to push ahead with a faltering peace process after meeting for the first time in two years. The government hailed the meeting as a success, saying it yielded agreements on substantive issues and that the two sides agreed to “fast track the peace process” with another round of talks scheduled for the next month.
The meeting in Kuala Lumpur also covered concerns over the
KHARTOUM – Clashes between government forces and fighters from an alliance of Darfur rebel groups have left 40 rebels dead, Sudan’s army said Saturday, announcing a figure contested by the insurgents.
The fighting occurred on Friday in the Shangil Tobaya region, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) south of El-Fasher, historic capital of Darfur in western Sudan which has been gripped by civil war since 2003, the army said.
“The army attacked and defeated an alliance of the
ALGIERS: Algerian troops killed 10 Islamist rebels on Friday in the eastern Kabylie region known as a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a security source told Reuters on Saturday.
Between 3,500 and 4,000 troops backed by helicopters attacked a site between the cities of Boumerdes and Tizi Ouzou after intelligence officials heard that AQIM was planning to hold a meeting in the region.
“The operation is still ongoing and ten terrorists have been killed,”