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US: Russian Call for Probe of Civilian Deaths from Libyan Airstrikes a ‘Cheap Stunt’

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has rejected Russia’s call for an investigation into suspected Libyan civilian deaths from NATO airstrikes. Ambassador Susan Rice called it a “cheap stunt.” She accused the Russians of trying to divert attention from Syria and water down the success NATO had in protecting the Libyan people. French Ambassador Gerard Araud […]

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Russia Pushes NATO on Civilian Deaths in Libya

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has renewed calls for NATO to investigate possible civilian deaths during its campaign of airstrikes in Libya this year. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he will bring the issue to the Security Council on Thursday when it is set to discuss Libya. NATO has said it carried out the airstrikes within a U.N. […]

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Panetta: Libyan Government Will Build Democracy

Posted December 17th, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged U.S. support to Libya on Saturday during a visit to the capital, Tripoli. The Pentagon chief offered the help to the country’s transitional leaders who are struggling to create a cohesive democratic society. He met with Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib and the country’s defense minister . The talks came […]

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ICC: Gadhafi’s Death May Be War Crime

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says there are “serious suspicions” that the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was a war crime. Luis Moreno-Ocampo made the comments Thursday at a press briefing at the United Nations. Moreno-Ocampo said the ICC is asking Libya’s interim government how it plans to investigate alleged war crimes, including […]

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Libyan Militia, Army Clash Near Tripoli Airport

Posted December 11th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan officials say a gunbattle broke out near the Tripoli international airport when army troops clashed with members of a powerful militia that controls the facility after they opened fire on a convoy carrying one of the country’s most senior military leaders. Army spokesman Abdel-Razik el-Shibahy Sunday accused revolutionary fighters from the western mountain town […]

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Libyans Protest Against Former Rebels

Posted December 7th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Libyans gathered in the capital, Tripoli, Wednesday to protest against former rebel fighters who took part in the ouster of former leader Moammar Gadhafi months ago but are still camping out in the capital. The protesters waved Libyan flags and chanted “We want safety, not weapons.” They said they want the militias, who […]

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UN: Former Rebels Hold 7,000 People in Libyan Prisons

Posted November 28th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says Libya’s former rebel fighters still hold about 7,000 people in prisons and makeshift detention centers. A report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Monday says that many detainees have no access to due process and some of them have reportedly been subjected to torture and ill treatment. The report notes that […]

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Profiles of Libya’s New Cabinet Ministers

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libya has named the interim Cabinet of a transitional government whose mission is to govern until next year, when the country plans to hold the first parliamentary elections of the post-Moammar Gadhafi era. Here are profiles of some of the leading Cabinet members appointed Tuesday, November 22. Defense Minister Osama al-Juwali Juwali is a militia […]

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Libyan Militia Leaders, Oil Execs. Win Key Roles in New Cabinet

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan militia leaders who helped to topple the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi in an uprising this year have won top security posts in a new Cabinet appointed by the country’s National Transitional Council. Interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib announced his Cabinet line-up in a news conference late Tuesday after weeks of negotiations. He granted the […]

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Libya’s NTC Unveils New Government

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s National Transitional Council has unveiled a new Cabinet that will govern the country until it holds its first elections since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi. Interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib told a news conference in Tripoli late Tuesday that “all of Libya is represented in the new line-up.” It includes several relatively unknown figures, […]

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