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Sierra Leone: Taylor Sentencing Is ‘Justice Done’

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The government of Sierra Leone says “justice has been done” with the sentencing of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Government spokesman Sheka Tarawalie said Wednesday that Taylor’s 50-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity was welcome news for victims who may now find some relief. Some Sierra Leonians expressed disappointment with the […]

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For Greek Masses, Little Applause for Debt Deal

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Greece’s debt may have been halved, but on the streets of Athens there is little applause for Thursday’s middle-of-the-night resolution of the European debt crisis. Greek leaders, including Prime Minister George Papandreou, praised the agreement that cut the government’s debt by $140 billion. But many Greeks view the deal as leading to outside control of […]

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US, EU Urge Libya’s New Rulers to Begin National Reconciliation

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and the European Union have urged Libya’s new rulers to engage in national reconciliation and respect human rights, as they transition to democracy following the killing of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. U.S. President Barack Obama and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton made the appeals on Sunday, in statements praising the Libyan […]

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China Urges “Inclusive Political Transition” in Libya Following Gadhafi Death

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s Foreign Ministry is calling for Libya’s transitional government to begin an “inclusive political transition” following the death of long-time Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said Friday that Libya has “turned a new page” in its history, but did not directly comment on the death of the former Libyan leader. […]

World Leaders Welcome Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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International leaders hailed Tuesday’s prisoner exchange between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Among the reaction: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release, telling reporters on a visit to Libya that the Israeli soldier was held for “far too long.” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he hopes the […]

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Turkish FM: NATO Will Continue in Libya

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s foreign minister says NATO will continue its military operations in Libya until security is fully restored. The vow comes as fighting rages in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and as world leaders press Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Tuesday in the rebel stronghold, Benghazi, that frozen Libyan assets should […]

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Obama Says Libya’s Gadhafi Era is Over

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says Moammar Gadhafi’s rule is “coming to an end” as more Arab nations joined in recognizing the Libyan opposition as the legitimate representative of the country’s people. The president called on Mr. Gadhafi to prevent further bloodshed and instruct loyalist forces who continue fighting “to lay down their arms for the […]

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Obama Says Libya’s Gadhafi Era is Over

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says Moammar Gadhafi’s rule is “coming to an end” as he pressed the Libyan leader to relinquish power while urging rebels not to seek justice through violent reprisals. The president called on Mr. Gadhafi to prevent further bloodshed and instruct loyalist forces who continue fighting “to lay down their arms for […]

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South Africa Denies Sending Planes for Gadhafi

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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South Africa says it has not sent planes to Libya to help embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi flee his country. In a statement Monday, the government said it wished to dispel rumors that South African aircraft will fly Colonel Gadhafi and his family to an undisclosed location. Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters that the Libyan […]

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World Leaders Praise Libyan Rebel Advances

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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World leaders are applauding the rebel advance into Libya’s capital, Tripoli, as a step toward ending violence in the country and beginning a democratic future. The United States, the European Union, Britain and Italy all have said Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s rule is coming to an end, and they have urged the Libyan leader to […]

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