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Eastern Libya Declares Itself Semi-Autonomous

Oil-rich region makes move against NTC's wishes

(Newser) - Thousands of civic leaders gathered in Benghazi today to declare that Eastern Libya would become a semi-autonomous region known as Cyrenaica—a move strenuously opposed by Libya's official interim government, the National Transitional Council. The conference elected Ahmed al-Zubair, an NTC member and the longest-serving political prisoner under Moammar... More »

Gadhafi Loyalists Take Town Near Tripoli

Uprising marks most serious security challenge yet for Libya

(Newser) - The Libyan war may not be over after all; fighters loyal to the old regime seized the town of Bani Walid yesterday, hoisting the green flag of Moammar Gadhafi's Libya after an eight-hour battle with the revolutionary brigade that had been holding the city. "They control the town... More »

Libyan Protesters Raid NTC Offices

Deputy council chief resigns amidst fresh unrest

(Newser) - Don't look now, but protests are still raging in Libya—only now, they're against the new interim government. Protesters ransacked the government's offices in Benghazi yesterday, capping off months of demonstrations across the country, and prompting the resignation of the government's second-highest official, the New York ... More »

Libya: Gadhafi's Killer Will Be Prosecuted

Misrata fighters reject call for investigation

(Newser) - Libya's National Transitional Council says it will try to bring Moammar Gadhafi's killer to justice. A spokesman for the NTC—which until recently insisted that Gadhafi had been killed in crossfire, despite video of the wounded dictator being attacked and sodomized by rebels—told the al-Arabiya channel that... More »

Gadhafi Buried at Secret Desert Site

Libyan dictator is buried at dawn with son Mutassim

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's final journey was from a meat locker in Misrata to a grave in a secret desert location. A National Transitional Council spokesman says the bodies of the dictator, his son Mutassim, and his former defense minister "were buried at dawn in a secret place with proper... More »

53 Gadhafi Supporters Apparently Executed

Bodies found in abandoned Sirte hotel on Friday

(Newser) - Troubling news out of Libya: Human Rights Watch discovered the bodies of 53 people yesterday—apparent Gadhafi loyalists who appear to have been executed in the garden of a Sirte hotel. The decomposing bodies, which looked to have been killed between Oct. 14 and 19, were found in an area... More »

After 42 Years, Libya Declares Itself Liberated

Jubilant event celebrates end of Gadhafi regime

(Newser) - The rebels have become rulers, as Libya today declared itself free after 42 years under the iron grip of Moammar Gadhafi. "We declare to the whole world that we have liberated our beloved country, with its cities, villages, hill-tops, mountains, deserts, and skies," said an official at the... More »

Libya to Declare 'Liberation' Tomorrow

Elections will follow in months; Gadhafi still on ice

(Newser) - Libya's new leaders say they will declare liberation tomorrow, a move that will start the clock for elections after months of bloodshed that culminated in the death of Moammar Gadhafi. The National Transitional Council is expected to hold elections for a constitutional assembly within eight months, then organize parliamentary... More »

Gadhafi Burial Delayed

UN to probe death; ICC wants his DNA

(Newser) - Libya's transitional leadership has abandoned plans to follow Islamic tradition and bury Moammar Gadhafi today. Officials say they are going to delay the dictator's burial until they can investigate the circumstances of his death and decide on where to inter his body, the AP reports. For now, the... More »

Obama to Libya: 'You Have Won Your Revolution'

Death marks end of 'long and painful chapter,' he says

(Newser) - President Obama this afternoon praised the news of Moammar Gadhafi's death , calling it "the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya," reports AP . "Today we can definitively say that the Gadhafi regime has come to an end." And to the... More »

Clinton Gets Gadhafi News on BlackBerry

And she says ... 'wow'

(Newser) - So how does a world leader react to big world news? Pretty much the way everyone else does, apparently. "Wow," says Hillary Clinton when she sees unconfirmed reports of Moammar Gadhafi's capture on her BlackBerry. "Huh." (See the CBS video below.) Then she tells... More »

Don't Shoot, Cried Gadhafi: Reports

Libya PM confirms death; White House expected to comment soon

(Newser) - The graphic photos have been making the rounds (if you've haven't seen them, and can stomach it, page through the gallery), as updates on the death of Moammar Gadhafi pour in. The news remains unconfirmed by US officials, but the AP reports that reaction from the White House... More »

Moammar Gadhafi Is Dead: NTC

Officials says he was wounded when NATO warplanes attacked his convoy

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi is dead, according to the National Transitional Council. Libyan revolutionary fighters took the city of Sirte today, and in the process captured the former strongman, who was wounded in both legs while trying to flee the city in a convoy that NATO planes attacked, a senior NTC official... More »

Clinton Makes Unannounced Visit to Libya

Secretary of State brings aid, support

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton arrived in Libya today on an unannounced visit, the first by a Cabinet-level US official since Moammar Gadhafi was driven from Tripoli almost two months ago. Clinton’s visit to the capital, which was kept secret for security reasons, is expected to last just hours, the BBC reports.... More »

Gadhafi Son Sought as Fighting Rocks Sirte

NTC fighters on verge of taking Gadhafi's hometown

(Newser) - Forces fighting for Libya's new regime say they are on the verge of taking Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's hometown and one of just two Libyan cities still held by pro-Gadhafi fighters. But a spokesman for the National Transitional Council says that contrary to earlier reports, there has been no... More »

Libya's NTC Thinks Gadhafi Is Hiding in Desert

Latest NTC theory has him near the Algerian border

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi remains at large as the fight for his hometown of Sirte continues, but Libya's new leaders have a new theory on where he is: in the desert near the Algerian border. A leader of the National Transitional Council tells Reuters that Gadhafi is likely being protected by... More »

Rebels Arrest People Fleeing Gadhafi's Hometown

National Transitional Council troops pound the city; one elder calls for truce

(Newser) - Anti-Gadhafi forces, backed as ever by NATO air support, bore down on the loyalist-held city of Sirte today, pressing an assault that’s sent dozens of families fleeing from their homes. “The easterners are exterminating everything in front of them,” one man tells the Wall Street Journal . One... More »

Libya Rebels Dig Up Mass Grave

More than 1,200 were executed after 1996 prison riot

(Newser) - Rebels in Libya have uncovered a mass grave of more than 1,200 people that rekindled brutal memories of a prison riot 15 years ago, CNN reports. Revolutionaries say they discovered the grave last week outside Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, where prisoners rioted over restricted family visits and poor... More »

Anti-Gadhafi Forces Claim Control of His Hometown

Coastal stronghold of Sirte reportedly falls

(Newser) - Fighters for Libya’s interim government say they have captured Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte after heavy fighting, reports the Guardian . "Thwar Misrata (the Misrata revolution) now control the entrances to Sirte city," said a statement from the Misrata military council. If true, and the anti-Gadhafi forces... More »

Cameron, Sarkozy Visit Libya

British, French leaders pledge support in first visit to rebels

(Newser) - British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Tripoli today, and gave Libya's new rulers strong support, vowing to release billions of dollars more in frozen assets and to push ahead with NATO strikes against Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds. Cameron told the fugitive Libyan... More »

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