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Sep 2, 2011

Bani Walid holds out for Gaddafi, set terms – source

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Cut off from the outside world and fearful of attack by former rebels bent on revenge, people in the town of Bani Walid may well be playing host to Muammar Gaddafi but might also be ready to negotiate with Libya’s new rulers.

A Libyan from the desert town who is well known to Reuters journalists said Friday that he had been in sporadic contact this week with people in Bani Walid, where commanders for the interim government have focussed their hunt for Gaddafi.

Sep 2, 2011

Libyans pledge democracy as they win Gaddafi billions

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new leadership reaffirmed their commitment to democracy and good governance on Friday as they worked on how to spend billions of dollars they have been given from the frozen assets of fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

A day after international powers met in Paris and agreed to hand over $15 billion to the rebels who overthrew Gaddafi last week, the European Union, a key trading partner, rescinded a range of sanctions and officials from the National Transitional Council told financiers about their initial rebuilding plans.

Aug 16, 2011

Analysis: Fight or flee: decision time for Libya’s Gaddafi

ALGIERS, Aug 16 (Reuters) – The battle to control Libya has entered its final phase when Muammar Gaddafi must make a choice: to seek a negotiated exit or to defend his capital to the last bullet.

Rebels with support from NATO warplanes have, over the past 48 hours, taken key towns around Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli in a dramatic series of advances which cut the city off from supplies of fuel and food.

Aug 16, 2011

Fight or flee: decision time for Libya’s Gaddafi

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The battle to control Libya has entered its final phase when Muammar Gaddafi must make a choice: to seek a negotiated exit or to defend his capital to the last bullet.

Rebels with support from NATO warplanes have, over the past 48 hours, taken key towns around Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli in a dramatic series of advances which cut the city off from supplies of fuel and food.

Jul 4, 2011

Behind “mad dog” image, Gaddafi may accept a deal

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Behind his image as a crazed tyrant, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi is fiercely intelligent, loves his family and just might do what everyone is least expecting and let go of power.

The battle over Libya, now in its fifth month, is a contest of Western military technology, money, oil, diplomacy, rag-tag rebels and a stubborn system of government that has refused to be swept away by the wave of “Arab Spring” uprisings.

Jul 4, 2011

Analysis: Behind “mad dog” image, Gaddafi may accept a deal

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Behind his image as a crazed tyrant, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi is fiercely intelligent, loves his family and just might do what everyone is least expecting and let go of power.

The battle over Libya, now in its fifth month, is a contest of Western military technology, money, oil, diplomacy, rag-tag rebels and a stubborn system of government that has refused to be swept away by the wave of “Arab Spring” uprisings.

Jun 22, 2011

Analysis: NATO counts on Tripoli uprising to break deadlock

ALGIERS (Reuters) – NATO is trying to lay the groundwork for an armed uprising inside the Libyan capital to oust Muammar Gaddafi because it has lost hope that rebels elsewhere in the country can advance on Tripoli any time soon.

The pattern of NATO air strikes on Tripoli indicates that the alliance is trying to reduce Gaddafi’s ability to defend himself at the moment when his opponents in the city, who for the time being are underground, decide to rise up.

May 31, 2011

Libya rebellion creeps west towards Tripoli

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Libya’s rebellion is creeping westwards from the rebel city of Misrata toward the capital along a chain of towns where opponents of Muammar Gaddafi stage clandestine night-time acts of defiance against his rule.

By day the three towns of Zlitan, Khoms and Garabulli are under government control but after darkness falls, a local man said, Gaddafi opponents daub graffiti on walls, hoist the rebel flag and the sound of gunfire can be heard.

May 2, 2011

Algeria govt approves big rise in public spending

ALGIERS, May 2 (Reuters) – Algeria announced a sharp
increase in budget spending and waived duties on staple foods on
Monday in a move designed to stop public discontent spilling
over into the kind of revolts rocking other Arab states.

Algeria, one of the European Union’s biggest suppliers of
natural gas, has been trying to head off an Egypt-style uprising
by using its cash reserves to soothe grievances and by offering
cautious political reforms.

Apr 14, 2011

Algeria protests challenge president’s authority

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s leaders risk losing control of a tide of strikes and protests that has been gaining momentum and outpacing the government’s attempts at reform.

Unlike the nationwide uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Algeria’s protests are localised and have yet to turn into a national political movement.