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Oct 20, 2011

Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s love of comic-opera uniforms, exotic female bodyguards and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for 42 years of bloody repression that in the end could not withstand a determined uprising backed by NATO air power.

Chased out of Tripoli when rebel forces took the capital last month, Gaddafi disappeared, some said into the empty desert spaces in the south of his vast country.

Oct 20, 2011

Profile: Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s love of comic-opera uniforms, exotic female bodyguards and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for 42 years of bloody repression that in the end could not withstand a determined uprising backed by NATO air power.

Chased out of Tripoli when rebel forces took the capital last month, Gaddafi disappeared, some said into the empty desert spaces in the south of his vast country.

Oct 6, 2011

Arabs embrace Steve Jobs and the Syrian connection

LONDON (Reuters) – While the world mourned the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs in California, many Syrians were quick to claim the computer genius as one of their own on Thursday through a little-known connection to his biological father.

Jobs, who died of cancer at the age of 56 on Wednesday, was given up for adoption soon after his birth in San Francisco to an American mother, Joanne Carole Schieble, and a Syrian-born father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali.

Sep 20, 2011

Libya “mercenary” claim turns spotlight on special ops

BRUSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A boast by Gaddafi loyalists that they had captured 17 foreign mercenaries this week has been greeted with skepticism, but the claim has highlighted the importance of covert military operations in the overthrow of the Libyan leader.

Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has so far not made good on his promise to put the group on television and he has produced no other evidence to back his story, which was quickly denied in Western capitals.

Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi children closed ranks around father

TUNIS (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s children earned reputations for extravagance, violence and dysfunctional behavior that attracted almost as many hostile headlines as their eccentric and ruthless father.

One son, Saif al Arab, was killed during the six-month armed revolt to overthrow the Libyan leader. Unconfirmed reports say another, Khamis, has also been killed.

Aug 23, 2011

Newsmaker: Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s penchant for extravagant uniforms, gold regalia and Bedouin tents provided a theatrical backdrop for four decades of harsh repression at home and a foreign policy that made him a bete noire of the West.

On Tuesday night, those props were smashed, pilfered and paraded in mockery when rebels stormed his fortified compound. One man wore the familiar braided hat he said he found in his house. The tent where he received foreign dignitaries was set ablaze. The decapitated golden head of his statue was trampled.

Aug 21, 2011

Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi appealed on
Sunday night for his people to “save Tripoli” from a rebel
offensive, but his four-decade-old rule appeared doomed.

While leaders of neighbouring Arab states folded quickly in
the face of popular uprisings, Gaddafi had put up a bloody
fight, taking on NATO as well as local insurgents who quickly
seized half the country.

Aug 21, 2011

Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to bloodshed

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi appealed on
Sunday night for his people to “save Tripoli” from a rebel
offensive, but his four-decade-old rule appeared doomed.

While leaders of neighbouring Arab states folded quickly in
the face of popular uprisings, Gaddafi had put up a bloody
fight, taking on NATO as well as local insurgents who quickly
seized half the country.

Jul 13, 2011

Six months on, Tunisian revolution disappoints some

TUNIS (Reuters) – A short while ago, Adel Klaifa was used to members of the Tunisian president’s family coming to the beach and riding on his camels.

The only problem was that they refused to pay like regular tourists.

Now six months after the overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the first victim of the Arab Spring revolutions, Klaifa has another problem — not enough customers of any kind. Along with many of his fellow Tunisians, economic prosperity remains elusive.

May 16, 2011

Flamboyant Gaddafi no stranger to violence

LONDON (Reuters) – While other Arab leaders folded quickly in the face of popular uprisings, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi has put up a bloody fight, taking on NATO as well as local insurgents who have seized half the country.

With his bedouin tents and heavily armed female bodyguards, along with a readiness to execute his opponents and turn his tanks on his opponents, Gaddafi has cut an eccentric and violent figure as Libya’s leader for more than 40 years.