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Crowds of joyful Libyans, some with tears in their eyes, parted with the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorship on today as they voted in the first free national election in 60 years.
Government demands answers after assassination of general
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Human rights organisations have cast doubt on claims of mass rape and other abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, which have been widely used to justify Nato's war in Libya.
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.
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.
The view from Benghazi
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.
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.
The old woman sat cross-legged on a gold and black rug, an attempt to make the tent in the middle of the barren wilderness where she and her family had ended up seem a little bit more like home.
Former Royal Navy officer is 'consultant' to rebels and small British convoy say they are 'engineers'
Horrific scenes as government units destroyed by air strikes
Libya announced another ceasefire tonight as the country braced itself for a second night's bombardment by allied forces.
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.
Anger rises in 'Free Libya' capital as the West fails to stop Gaddafi killing civilians in dawn attack
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.