North Africa

Tripoli Blasts heard near Gaddafi’s Compound

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Six explosions have been heard in the centre of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, near the fortified Bab al-Aziziya compound of Col Muammar Gaddafi. Smoke could be seen rising in the area at dawn on Thursday. The compound has been the target of a number of Nato air strikes in recent months. The [...]

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Gaddafi’s Son Mentions Possibility of Elections

June 16, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Elections watched by international observers could take place in Libya within three months, one of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s sons says in a published interview. The European Union, the African Union, the United Nations or NATO could be present to ensure transparency, Saif Gadhafi told the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. “The [...]

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7,000 Egyptian citizens jailed since Mubarak relinquished power

June 15, 2011

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Libya criticizes Germany for ‘violating its sovereignty’

June 15, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Libya on Tuesday slammed as “irresponsible” a visit to the rebel capital Benghazi by Germany’s foreign minister, as the US pressed Africa to take tougher action against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. Rebels meanwhile said they suffered heavy losses in eastern Libya after being “tricked” by Khadafi’s forces, amid a resurgence of fighting in [...]

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Boehner sets Friday Libya Deadline for Obama

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Stepping up a simmering constitutional conflict, House Speaker John A. Boehner warned President Obama on Tuesday that unless he gets authorization from Congress for his military deployment in Libya, he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution. In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Boehner, the top Republican in the constitutional chain of succession, said Mr. Obama [...]

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Clashes at strategic Oil City in Libya

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “With loyalist forces clashing for a second day with rebels around a strategic oil city less than 30 miles west of here, the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Sunday told the “ugly, evil forces of NATO” to accept that the rebel cause was doomed and that the Libyan leader would not be [...]

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Somalia kills al-Qaeda agent Fazul Abdullah Mohammed in a major blow to the terrorist group

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Somali forces confirmed that they have killed Al Qaeda’s most senior operative in East Africa:Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who planned the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanazania. The announcement comes as a blow to the terrorist organization, which has lost three of its top leaders in recent weeks, including Osama bin Laden. US authorities had placed [...]

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African leaders begin talks on an $875 billion trading block

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “African leaders Sunday agreed to a framework to guide the next phase of negotiations on creating the continent’s biggest free-trade bloc, in a communique issued after a day of talks. The new bloc would integrate the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern [...]

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Defense Secretary Gates criticizes other NATO members for lack of support

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates rebuked some of America’s staunchest allies yesterday, saying that the United States has a “dwindling appetite’’ to serve as the heavyweight partner in the military order that has underpinned the US relationship with Europe since the end of World War II. In an unusually stinging speech, made [...]

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Panetta: Libyan rebel council may include extremists

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   President Obama’s nominee for secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, told the Senate that he is concerned that some leaders of Libya’s opposition may be extremists, even as officials disclosed that U.S. aid for those fighting Gaddafi will fall far short of what the rebel group says it needs Panetta, currently the CIA director, told [...]

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Libyan military campaign exceeding U.S. cost estimates

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source The costs of the Libyan military campaign are set to eclipse the original Pentagon estimates of $750 million. By mid-May, the U.S. had spent $664 million and current expenditures float around $2 million a day. At current spending levels, by the end of the current 90-day no-fly zone extension the U.S. will [...]

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White House: Gaddafi’s Days are numbered

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration say they are confident that U.S. and NATO actions in Libya will bring the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s rule. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did not confirm or deny remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that people close to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi [...]

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Libyan Rebels accused of arbitrary arrests and torture

June 9, 2011

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