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EU to open Benghazi office to back Libya rebels

The European Union plans to open an office in the rebel-held Libyan city of Benghazi to facilitate assistance to the rebel council based there, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said today.

Gaddafi's hidden billions may be used to fund the fighters of the

Billions of dollars of Colonel Gaddafi's money stashed outside of Libya are to be used to pay for the uprising against him under plans revealed by the US in Rome yesterday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Washington was trying to free part of £30bn in frozen Libyan assets in the US and give them to the leadership in the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

West steps up Libyan presence as France and Italy send army teams

Two more Western powers said yesterday they were joining Britain in sending military advisers to help rebel forces in Libya. But media reports suggested that France and Italy had, in fact, deployed a handful of officers to the rebel headquarters in Benghazi some time ago. The announcements by Paris and Rome probably amounted to an admission – and an extension – of what was already happening.

'Free Libya' oil tanker brings new hope but rebels in retreat

Only a relatively small amount was being shipped out, a fraction of the export by Africa's largest producer of oil before civil war erupted. But for "Free Libya", the coming of the oil tanker Equator at the port of Tobruk yesterday was a momentous declaration of economic independence.

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Gaddafi vows 'long war' after strikes

A defiant Moammar Gaddafi vowed a "long war" after the US and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and over 100 cruise missiles, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases early Sunday, shaking the Libyan capital with explosions and anti-aircraft fire.

Defiant Gaddafi pushes forces into Benghazi

French reconnaissance planes flew over Libya on Saturday, in the first sign that international air strikes may be imminent while Muammar Gaddafi's forces tried to push into the rebel-held city of Benghazi.