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Anti-Gaddafi rebels say Italy has offered to arm them with "whatever they need to liberate Libya". A rebel spokesman in the eastern city of Benghazi, declined to specify what kind of weapons would be provided, and last night the Italian foreign ministry denied the claim.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called for a ceasefire and negotiations with Nato powers in a live speech on state TV early today, as Nato bombs struck a government complex in the capital, Tripoli.
A day after glimpsing victory in Misrata, Libyan rebels came under a renewed barrage of heavy shelling from retreating government forces.
Government troops retreated to the outskirts of Misrata under rebel fire yesterday and the opposition claimed victory after officials in Tripoli decided to pull back forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi following nearly two months of laying siege to the western city.
Celebrated for his war images and Oscar-nominated for 'Restrepo', Tim Hetherington is first Western journalist to die in the conflict
British medics and aid workers are part of a major operation trying to stem the human misery in Misrata, with two more ships carrying vital supplies due to dock today.
After rescue workers were forced to turn desperate refugees away from ships in rebel-held Misrata, the British government has stepped in to fund the evacuation of another 5,000 people from the besieged Libyan city.
The blast had thrown him into the air and he almost passed out from the excruciating pain in his leg. Amid the smoke and flames, Murad Ali Mohammed knew that he would die if he did not reach cover. But as he dragged himself behind a wall there was a blast of gunfire, the bullets smashing into the arm he had raised protectively across his face.
Libyan civilians are struggling to survive in the civil war's most violent battlefield
Libyan rebels begged for more Nato air strikes today, saying they faced a massacre from government artillery barrages on the besieged city of Misrata, but Western allies squabbled over the air campaign.
Rebel fighters in Misrata are pursuing their liberation with determined efficiency
The last rebel stronghold in the west of the country is a symbol of defiance. Kim Sengupta reports from Misrata
Allied raids lay waste to armament store as Gaddafi continues onslaught on beseiged city of Misrata
In Ajdabiya, Kim Sengupta reports from a hospital overrun as the rebel force flounders
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.
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.