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  • Egyptian president asks Cabinet to resign

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI HAMZA HENDAWI mdash Associated Press

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI,Associated Press HAMZA HENDAWI,Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak said early Saturday that he had asked his Cabinet to resign, and promised reforms in his first response to protesters who have mounted the biggest challenge ever to his 30-year rule. But Mubarak also defended the crackdown by police on tens of thousands of demonstrators that drew harsh criticism from the Obama administration Friday and even a threat to reduce a $1.5 billion program of foreign aid if...

  • Egyptian president asks Cabinet to resign

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, HAMZA HENDAWI — Associated Press

    Egyptian president asks Cabinet to resign HADEEL AL-SHALCHI,Associated Press HAMZA HENDAWI,Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's embattled President Hosni Mubarak said early Saturday that he had asked his Cabinet to resign, and promised reforms in his first response to protesters who have mounted the biggest challenge ever to his 30-year rule. But Mubarak also defended the crackdown by police on tens of thousands of demonstrators that drew harsh criticism from the Obama administration Friday and even a threat to reduce a...

  • Libya air raids hit Gadhafi stronghold of Sirte

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI , RYAN LUCAS — Associated Press

    Libya air raids hit Gadhafi stronghold of Sirte HADEEL AL-SHALCHI RYAN LUCAS Associated Press RAS LANOUF, Libya — International air raids targeted Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte for the first time Sunday night as rebels made a high-speed advance toward the regime stronghold, a formidable obstacle that must be overcome for the government opponents to reach the capital Tripoli. A heavy bombardment of Tripoli also began after nightfall, with at least nine loud explosions and anti-aircraft fire heard, an Associated Press r...

  • Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press

    Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over Libya HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya — Fellow Arab and African nations raised the international pressure Friday on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, with tiny Qatar flying the Arab world's first combat missions over his country and the African Union imploring him to move toward democratic elections. The military operation against Gadhafi, which on Friday included airstrikes by British and French jets, remains a U.S.-led operation, though NATO was preparing to...

  • Targets deep within Libya hit; fewer US jets used

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, RYAN LUCAS — Associated Press

    Targets deep within Libya hit; fewer US jets used HADEEL AL-SHALCHI RYAN LUCAS Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya — French fighter jets hit aircraft and a crossroads military base deep inside Libya on Thursday as the U.S. reduced its combat role in the international operation that is working to thwart Moammar Gadhafi's forces by land, sea and air. Libya's air force has been effectively neutralized, and the government has taken part of its fight to the airwaves. State television aired pictures of bodies it said were victims... Full story

  • Targets deep within Libya hit; fewer US jets used

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, RYAN LUCAS — Associated Press

    Targets deep within Libya hit; fewer US jets used HADEEL AL-SHALCHI RYAN LUCAS Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya — French fighter jets hit aircraft and a crossroads military base deep inside Libya on Thursday as the U.S. reduced its combat role in the international operation that is working to thwart Moammar Gadhafi's forces by land, sea and air. Libya's air force has been effectively neutralized, and the government has taken part of its fight to the airwaves. State television aired pictures of bodies it said were victims...

  • Gadhafi vowed a "long war"

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, RYAN LUCAS - Associated Press

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI RYAN LUCAS Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" as allied forces launched a second night of strikes on Libya on Sunday, and jubilant rebels who only a day before were in danger of being crushed by his forces now boasted they would bring him down. The U.S. military said the international assault would hit any Gadhafi forces on the ground that are attacking the opposition. In an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, late Sunday a cruise missile blasted a...

  • Seif al-Islam Gadhafi captured in southern Libya

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI , RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI, Associated Press

    ZINTAN, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's former heir apparent Seif al-Islam was captured by revolutionary fighters in the southern desert Saturday just over a month after his father was killed, setting off joyous celebrations and closing the door on the possibility that the fugitive son could stoke further insurrection. Seif al-Islam, once seen as a voice of reform in an eccentric and reviled regime, now faces the prospect of trial before an international or Libyan court to answer for the alleged crimes of his late father's...

  • Gadhafi pushes ahead as Arab League calls for help

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, PAUL SCHEMM — Associated Press

    Gadhafi pushes ahead as Arab League calls for help HADEEL AL-SHALCHI PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press RAS LANOUF, Libya — The world moved a step closer to a decision on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya but Moammar Gadhafi was swiftly advancing Saturday on the poorly equipped and loosely organized rebels who have seized much of the country. Gadhafi's forces pushed the frontline miles deeper into rebel territory and violence erupted at the front door of the opposition stronghold in eastern Libya, where an Al-Jazeera cameraman...

  • SAfrica leader says Libya accepts cease-fire plan

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI,SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press

    TRIPOLI, Libya — A delegation of African leaders said Sunday that their Libyan counterpart Moammar Gadhafi accepted their "road map" for a cease-fire with rebels, whom they will meet with Monday. They met hours after NATO airstrikes battered Gadhafi's tanks, helping Libyan rebels push back government troops that had been advancing quickly toward the opposition's eastern stronghold. The terms of the African Union's road map were unclear — such as whether it would require Gadhafi to pull his troops out of cities as rebels...

  • Blood in Cairo streets

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI,Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged into Cairo's central square on horses and camels brandishing whips while others rained firebombs from rooftops in what appeared to be an orchestrated assault against protesters trying to topple Egypt's leader of 30 years. Three people died and 600 were injured. The protesters accused Mubarak's regime of unleashing a force of paid thugs and plainclothes police to crush their unprecedented 9-day-old movement, a day after the...

  • Egypt's Mubarak says won't run for new term

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, SARAH EL DEEB — Associated Press

    CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not run for a new term in office in September elections, but rejected demands that he step down immediately and leave the country, vowing to die on Egypt's soil, in a television address Tuesday after a dramatic day in which a quarter-million protesters called on him to go. Mubarak said he would serve out the rest of his term working to ensure a "peaceful transfer of power" and carry out amendments to rules on presidential elections. Protexters want him out now But the... Full story

  • Egypt's Mubarak says he won't run for a new term

    HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, SARAH EL DEEB — Associated Press

    Egypt's Mubarak says he won't run for a new term HADEEL AL-SHALCHI SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not run for a new term in office in September elections, but rejected demands that he step down immediately and leave the country, vowing to die on Egypt's soil, in a television address Tuesday after a dramatic day in which a quarter-million protesters called on him to go. Mubarak said he would serve out the rest of his term working to ensure a "peaceful transfer of power"...