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Jun 6, 2011

Britain says rebels must plan for post-Gaddafi Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel leaders must plan in detail how they would run the country if Muammar Gaddafi stood down and should learn from Iraq after the 2003 invasion, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday.

Western governments and the Libyan rebels say a combination of NATO air strikes, diplomatic isolation and grass-roots opposition will eventually end the Libyan leader’s 41-year rule.

Jun 6, 2011

Gaddafi aides present car crash baby as NATO victim

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s aides brought foreign media to a hospital on Sunday to see a baby they described as a wounded victim of a NATO air strike.

But a hospital staff member, in a note passed to a journalist, said the infant was in fact injured in a car accident.

Jun 5, 2011

NATO helicopters ratchet up pressure on Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – British and French attack helicopters struck inside Libya for the first time overnight on Saturday, hitting targets in the oil port of Brega as NATO forces stepped up their air war against Muammar Gaddafi.

Aircraft of the NATO-led alliance also hit targets in Tripoli, where at least six powerful explosions were heard. A Reuters correspondent in the Libyan capital said aircraft could be heard overhead at the time of the blasts, before sunset.

Jun 4, 2011

NATO deploys helicopters to raise pressure on Gaddafi

TRIPOLI, June 4 (Reuters) – British and French attack
helicopters were used to strike inside Libya for the first time
overnight on Saturday, hitting targets in the oil port of Brega
as NATO forces stepped up their air war against Muammar Gaddafi.

A NATO-led military alliance extended its mission to protect
civilians in Libya for a further 90 days this week, and France
said it was stepping up military pressure as well as working
with those close to Gaddafi to try to persuade him to quit.

Jun 3, 2011

China meets Libya rebels in latest blow to Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – China made its first confirmed contact with Libyan rebels in the latest diplomatic setback for Muammar Gaddafi, and France said on Friday it was working with those close to the veteran ruler to convince him to leave power.

The meeting in Qatar between a Chinese diplomat and the leader of the rebel National Transitional Council follows a spate of defections by high profile figures this week including top oil official and former prime minister Shukri Ghanem.

Jun 2, 2011

Libya says will replace energy chief who defected

TRIPOLI, June 2 (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on
Thursday it will send a representative to the next OPEC meeting
to replace the top oil official who defected saying he had lost
faith in the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.

Shokri Ghanem, who oversaw Libya’s oil and gas sector, is
the second most senior official to quit and rebels said the
defection showed that the end is nearing for Gaddafi after more
than four decades in power.

Jun 2, 2011

Libya oil chief defects, NATO extends campaign

TRIPOLI/ROME (Reuters) – Libya’s top oil official became the latest leading figure to desert Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday, complaining of “unbearable” violence and adding political momentum to a revolt against the leader’s long rule.

In rebel-held eastern Libya, an explosion damaged a hotel used by rebels and foreigners in Benghazi, wounding one person, and police said rebel authorities believed the explosion might be linked to Gaddafi agents still operating in the east.

Jun 1, 2011

NATO extends Libya operations to September

TRIPOLI/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Wednesday it had extended its Libyan mission for a further 90 days, after Muammar Gaddafi made it clear he would not step down, dashing hopes of a negotiated end to the uprising against his rule.

The 28-member alliance originally took over a campaign of air strikes, the enforcement of a no-fly zone and an arms embargo on Libya, to protect rebellious civilians from attack by Gaddafi’s forces, in late March for 90 days.

Jun 1, 2011

Gaddafi: I will not leave my country

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has made clear that he will not step down, despite the first big protest against him in the capital in months and a U.N. warning on Tuesday that his government was running out of food.

Gaddafi is emphatic he will not leave Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said after talks with the Libyan leader, dashing prospects for a negotiated end to the conflict.

May 31, 2011

Protest reported in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has made clear that he will not step down, despite the first big protest against him in the capital in months and a U.N. warning on Tuesday that his government was running out of food.

Gaddafi is emphatic he will not leave Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said after talks with the Libyan leader, dashing prospects for a negotiated end to the conflict.