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Oct 3, 2011

Despair and resignation in Greece as more pain looms

ATHENS (Reuters) – The slogans on the street are about storming the barricades, but when you talk to Greeks about the financial crisis that has brought their country to its knees, their anger quickly gives way to resignation and despair.

With news on Monday that the recession will last at least a fourth year — and the government promising ever tougher reforms that will bring even more hardship — labor unions have vowed to call Greeks out into the streets.

Aug 28, 2011

Analysis: Tripoli bloodshed may signal violence to come

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Mass killings that have taken place in Tripoli since the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi provide a harrowing warning that more carnage may lie ahead.

Millions of Libyans have supported the six-month rebellion against Gaddafi in hope of a peaceful future. Many in the new leadership have called for reconciling with their foes.

Aug 28, 2011

Tripoli bloodshed may signal violence to come

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Mass killings that have taken place in Tripoli since the fall of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi provide a harrowing warning that more carnage may lie ahead.

Millions of Libyans have supported the six-month rebellion against Gaddafi in hope of a peaceful future. Many in the new leadership have called for reconciling with their foes.

Aug 26, 2011

Rebels to govern from Tripoli as Gaddafi hunt goes on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels announced a move to govern the country from Tripoli as they battled pockets of loyalists in their hunt for fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi, who taunted them from his hiding place.

Rumors of Gaddafi or his sons being cornered or sighted, swirled among excitable rebel fighters engaged in heavy machinegun and rocket exchanges. But even after his compound was overrun on Tuesday, hopes of a swift end to six months of war were still being frustrated by fierce rearguard actions.

Aug 25, 2011

Tripoli residents dodge gunbattles to buy food

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Residents of the Libyan capital Thursday scrambled to find supplies, exploiting lulls in the battles still being fought in parts of the city to venture out of their homes and queue for bread.

Two days after rebels stormed the compound that was the seat of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule and forced him into hiding, most of Tripoli was free of violence but chaotic.

Aug 25, 2011

Libyans hunt Gaddafi in Tripoli battles

TRIPOLI, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Libyan fighters battled diehard
followers of Muammar Gaddafi across Tripoli on Thursday, racing
to find and finish off the fallen strongman and stifle any
counter-attack by his family and other loyalists.

As machinegun bursts and the crack of sniper fire kept the
capital’s two million civilians pinned indoors, with supplies
running low, one excited group of rebels said they thought they
might have trapped Gaddafi and some of his sons in a building –
though there was in fact no indication Gaddafi was inside.

Aug 25, 2011

Thirty Gaddafi fighters found dead at Tripoli camp

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – More than 30 men believed to be fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have been killed at a military encampment in central Tripoli and at least two were bound with plastic handcuffs, indicating they had been executed.

I counted 30 bodies riddled with bullets in an area of the Libyan capital where there had been fighting between Gaddafi forces and rebels.

Aug 25, 2011

Libya rebels battle to root out Gaddafi diehards

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebel forces began to purge Tripoli’s streets of diehard gunmen still loyal to fugitive Muammar Gaddafi Thursday in the final phase of the battle for the Libyan capital.

As a volley of shell fire broke the morning calm in Tripoli, rebels said they were confident they could mop up soldiers clinging to a leader now on the run and presumed to be in hiding in the country he ruled for four decades.

Aug 24, 2011

Witness: Joy, chaos, frenzy as rebels overrun Gaddafi compound

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Hundreds of triumphant Libyan rebels flooded into the last bastion of Muammar Gaddafi’s power on Tuesday, looting in his Tripoli compound for weapons and trophies, and shouting “Gaddafi is finished.”

Rebels in pickup trucks broke into the heavily fortified base — off limits to ordinary people throughout Gaddafi’s 42-year rule — through one of the main gates, shooting in the air in jubilation as they searched for the elusive leader.

Aug 24, 2011

Gaddafi flees HQ ransacked by rebels

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death or victory after rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in what appeared to be a decisive blow against the Libyan leader’s 42-year rule.

Gleeful rebels ransacked Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya bastion, seizing weapons and smashing symbols of a government whose demise will transform Libya and send a warning to other Arab autocrats facing popular uprisings.