More bad news for the Libyan regime following reports that the regime's interior minister, Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah and nine members of his family have flown into Cairo on their private plane raising suspicions as to what appears to be the highest-level defection from Muammar Al Qathafi's regime in months.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday appealed for Arab financial support to help the Palestinians deal with "pressures and threats" from Israel and its allies which he said were a risk to his plan to seek UN approval for statehood in September.
United Nations special envoy to Libya, Abdel Elah al-Khatib searching for a way to end the six-month long conflict in Libya, Monday arrived in neighbouring Tunisia for talks, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry has said.
A day after activists said gunboats joined an assault that killed as many as 26 people in Latakia city, the first attack from the sea since Syria's anti-regime revolt erupted on March 15, on Monday, Syrian troops backed by tanks clamped down on the province of Homs, carrying out raids and arrests under the cover of heavy gunfire.
Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities on Monday morning, killing 56 people - most of them in the southern city of Kut - in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.
About 2 000 migrants from north Africa have arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa this weekend, with about 100 women and 40 children including three babies among those who reached the Mediterranean island between Saturday morning and Sunday morning on a dozen boats.
Judge Ahmed Refaat trying Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters wrapped up Monday's session and said the court would reconvene on September 5 to begin hearing evidence in the case.
Libya's rebels fighting to oust the Libyan leader, Muammar Al Qathafi from power said that their recent successes were achieved not without pain. They said they suffered many casualties. On Sunday as they advanced on the regime forces that were still resisting in the western port of Zawiyah, the rebels said they were at the wrong end of a NATO "friendly fire" air strike in which they lost a tank and four fighters.
According to a study by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the protracted Libyan crisis has increased the vulnerability of the Tunisian economy, with exports to Libya down 34 per cent, while imports recorded a 95 per cent decline.
In yet another audio message on Libyan television that has kept Libyans, his supporters included, baffled with his non-appearance, embattled Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi, early Monday called on his followers to prepare for the "battle to liberate" rebel-held towns. Referring to the rebels and NATO, he also predicted a swift end for "the rats" and the "coloniser".
After a period of political turmoil, fighters opposing Col. Muammar Al Qathafi advanced on several fronts on Sunday, seizing ground in the strategic city of Zawiyah that placed them on Tripoli’s doorstep and threatening to cut off an important supply line for the colonel’s loyalists.
On the second day of a military assault to crush protests, the Syrian navy shelled two densely populated residential districts of the main Mediterranean port city of Latakia in Syria on Sunday, residents and rights campaigners said.
Gunmen suspected as being members of an Islamist sect killed a prominent Muslim cleric Liman Baana Ngala, in Nigeria's northeast, an area hit by scores of attacks blamed on the extremists, residents said.
A suicide bomb attack on a police station in eastern Algeria early Sunday injured 29 people, the French language daily El Watan reported. On its online edition. Two of the casualties are Chinese nationals.
The murder trial of Egypt's former interior minister Habib Al-Adly, accused of ordering police to fire on protesters, and six of his deputies, resumed under tight security in Cairo on Sunday. All seven men were in the dock.
The rebel fighters in their new conquest city of Az-Zawiyah were at the wrong end of yet another mistaken identity, by the NATO warplanes. They once again fell victim of the alliance's 'friendly fire' fand four of their men were killed by NATO warplanes who misakenly destroyed a tank they had captured from the regime forces in the western port town of Zawiyah.
If one were to believe the Libyan government's claims, then one would come to the conclusion that the conflict that sparked off in Benghazi in mid-February and has been going on for almost six months has achieved nothing' and that all of Libya loves Al Qathafi.
The Libyan rebels have made an advance in the west front by entering Zawiyah city, about 40 km west of the capital Tripoli, after fierce battles with leader Muammar Al Qathafi's forces, a rebel official said on Saturday.
Libyan rebel fighters on Saturday made important gains as they advanced toward the towns of Gharyan and Zawiyah (Zawia), attempting to completely cut off the southern coastal route from access to the outside world along the coast road and Tunisia from where the Al Qathafi forces appeared to be using for supplies.
Libyan rebels enter the city of Zawia, 40 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli, this afternoon and control most of the city as another major city on the western mountains, Gharyan, is also falls in the hands of anti-Gaddafi forces.
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