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World raises pressure on Libya

TRIPOLI – The United States and other foreign governments discussed military options for dealing with Libya on Monday as Muammar Gaddafi scoffed at the threat to his goverment from a spreading popular uprising. With government forces massing to try to take back strategic coastal cities from rebels, the United States said it was moving US naval and…

U.N. charge on Ivorian arms smuggling is denied

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Confusion surrounded U.N. charges on Monday that Belarus had broken an arms embargo against Ivory Coast by delivering attack helicopters to Laurent Gbagbo, the leader who has refused to step down after a disputed election. Gbagbo’s government denied the report as a “lie” and U.N. diplomats said the allegation…

Pentagon positions forces around Libya as Gaddafi claims supporters will die for him

THE US military is moving naval and air forces into position around Libya, as Western countries weigh intervention against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Argentina baby theft trial begins

Two of Argentina’s former dictators have appeared in court in Buenos Aires to face charges in connection with the kidnapping of hundreds of babies, seized from their mothers during military rule in the 1970s and 80s. The trial of Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone began on Monday, with about 80 people expected to testify about a systematic plan by…

British Airways worker Rajib Karim guilty of plot to blow up plane

A BANGLADESHIi Islamic militant working for British Airways has been found guilty of plotting to blow up a plane after conspiring with radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Rajib Karim, 31, was convicted of four counts of preparing…

Iran opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi ‘arrested’

Continue reading the main story Iran Crisis Opposition evolves under pressure Iran protests: Your views Who’s who in Iran Iran: facts and figures…

Egypt Prosecutor Sharpens Case Against Mubarak

CAIRO — The public prosecutor of Egypt imposed an international travel ban on former President Hosni Mubarak and his immediate family on Monday, as well as a freeze on their Egyptian assets, as part of the first publicly announced investigation into the first family’s considerable wealth. Multimedia Interactive Feature Middle East…

Protesters shot as violence spreads to Oman

Police shot dead two demonstrators as the wave of protests sweeping the Arab world engulfed the normally placid sultanate of Oman. Police opened fire with…

West moves to help Libya rebels as Gadhafi keeps hold in capital, where food prices spiral

TRIPOLI, Libya – The West moved to send its first concrete aid to Libya’s rebellion in the east of the country, hoping to give it the momentum to oust Moammar Gadhafi. But the Libyan leader’s regime clamped down in its stronghold in the capital, where residents said food prices have skyrocketed. The two sides in Libya’s crisis appeared entrenched,…

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