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Hundreds of Bahraini protesters block access to parliament building (AP)
Anti-Gadhafi forces shoot down military aircraft, capture its crew (Reuters)
Jordan foreign ministry: Libya arrests four Jordanians (AP)
Ex-British PM Tony Blair says Gadhafi in denial over events in his country (AP)
EU approves Libya arms embargo, travel bans (Reuters)
Clinton: It's time for Gadhafi to go - now, without delay (Reuters)
Source: East Libya could face food shortages soon (Reuters)
Libyan foreign ministry accuses U.S. of 'blatant interference' (DPA)
Anti-Gadhafi protesters storm Libyan embassy in Berlin (Reuters)
Gadhafi appoints foreign intelligence chief to talk to eastern region leadership (AP)
Pentagon: U.S. repositioning forces around Libya (Reuters)
Gadhafi to ABC: All my people love me and would die to protect me (Reuters)
Several killed in Tripoli after pro-Gadhafi force opens fire on protesters (Reuters)
Official: Libya does not rule out force against rebels (Reuters)
Gadhafi laughs when asked by ABC if he plans to step down (Reuters)
U.S. freezes 30 billion dollars in Libyan assets (Reuters)
Egypt's public prosecutor issues travel ban on former president Mubarak and his family (Reuters)
Report: Egypt sets date for referendum on constitutional reform (Reuters)
Hamas breaks up peaceful protest in Gaza (DPA)
Right-wing activists protesting in Jerusalem, blocking streets (Haaretz)
Report: Iran arrests opposition leader Mousavi (Reuters)
Iran denies arrest of opposition leaders (Reuters)
Norway: Iran trying to buy nuclear missile parts (Reuters)
Reporter on @AJArabic: Poisoned weapons found, which explains why non-fatally injured people not recovering/dying
Clinton effectively gives greenlight for youth uprisings across Middle East - BBC
latest from Zawia, 2000 police have joined protestors and set up barricades to defend the city
Former head of Libyan Special Forces tells AJE that he is not ruling out calling in foreign air support,but says no foreign boots on ground.
Zanzour, AlMaya #Libya under heavy arms fire from #Gaddafi tanks. Mercenaries breaking down doors and dragging away teenage boys.
France announced it is sending two planes with humanitarian aid to Libya’s opposition stronghold of Benghazi on Monday, in what its prime minister described as the start of a “massive operation” to push Gadhafi from power.
Saadi, #Gaddafi's son, says lawyers to challenge travel ban, complaining it will interrupt hobbies of “hunting and going on safari”.
Fighting has been ongoing for the past hour in Zawiya, my sources on the ground confirm it's a full out battle, not just a skirmish #libya
Al Arabbiya TV reports 2 cars of #Gaddafi forces attacked city of Az Zawiya
Confirmed in #Zawiya there was major battle, khamis battalion defeated and forced out of city, people captured tanks, jeeps, hostages #Libya
Many prisoners from khamis battalion captured in battle of #Zawiya, young boys18-20 forced to fight
Austria : 1 Billion $ in Libyan assets frozen
Reports coming in that Gaddafi has only 3 loyal brigades left
Gaddafi kidnapped youth in eastern libya, forced them to fight in west
Al Hurra: Eyewitnesses: Gaddafi regime deploying tanks in Tripoli to deter protesters & is trying to regain town of Zawiya.
the people of Zawiya have good defences, not strong enough to attack tripoli yet, he's made sure the city is well protected #Libya
Nato actively considering the no fly zone.
Formation of a 15 member military council by #Feb17 movement. It includes 11 colonels and 2 Generals #Libya
People in Tripoli have NO WEAPONS at all, we're unarmed and can't fight Gaddafi's mercenaries! Unlike #Benghazi etc #libya #feb17
#Gaddafi' today arresting anyone in Tripoli who appeared in Youtube videos, went on news media, or tweeted.
One Egyptian said he was forced to kneel in front of members of the Libyan army who carried out a mock execution. Another man locked himself in his home for five days, running low on supplies and hearing shots and screams outside. A group of Indian workers hid in the desert while awaiting a rescue plane
8:38pm Our correspondent in Washington DC has more details on US naval ships that are currently positioned in the Mediterranean Sea.
There are currently eight ships of the US Navy's Sixth Fleet deployed in the area at the moment, with the USS Mount Whiney, a command and control ship, being the largest.
Abdullah, a witness speaking to Al Jazeera from Misurata, about 200km east of Tripoli, says:
There’s now artillery shelling on the suburbs of Misurata and on the Air force college, south west of Misurata. There are also helicopters trying to bomb the local broadcast.
They are also using heavy weapons against the protestors ... also last night helicopters dropped leaflets and threats from the regime.
Libyan oil output 'cut 50 per cent'
The 1996 cable -- entitled "Saudi Royal Wealth: Where do they get all that money?" -- describes legal and illegal ways that royals grab money, according to Reuters.
For legal ways, there's the monthly allowance given to thousands of princes and princesses. This ranged from $800 a month for "the lowliest member of the most remote branch of the family" to $270,000 a month for sons of Abdul-Aziz Ibn Saud.
For illegal ways, schemes include skimming $10 billion yearly from off-budget projects related to defense and infrastructure. One Saudi prince complained: "One million barrels per day" go entirely to "five or six princes."
Earlier today, we reported that the US military is in the process of repositioning its forces in the area around Libya "to be able to provide flexibility and options." And while we have yet to get an updated US naval map for this week (the last one can be found here), it appears that the USS Enterprise which was previously on its way to the Straits of Hormuz has made a 180 and has now backtracked completely through the Red Sea and is now once again north of the Suez, where it has joined the big deck amphibious warfare ship Kearsarge. This means that the USS Vinson is again left alone to protect the highly combustible gulf region, which now includes both Bahrain and Oman, in addition to Yemen and of course Iran and Saudi, on revolutionary watch. It may be time to send Abraham Lincoln, which in turn is patrolling the South China Sea, back to the Persian Gulf as the possibility of a flashpoint escalation there is far greater than around Indonesia (which however would leave all of Korea and China unguarded). Keep an eye out on CVN 74 and 76 - Stennis and Reagan. If those two start making a move west, then next steps can be extrapolated quite easily.
NATO forces at a base in Greece , planning on making a military no fly zone over Libya
U.S. hesitates to support Crown Prince and define post-Gaddafi Libya
the world rallies and Chinese workers flee, but China runs stories that Tripoli is calm and unrest is from foreign intervention.
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were massed in the west of the country on Tuesday, residents said, and the United States said it was moving warships and air forces closer to Libya.
Residents feared pro-Gaddafi forces were preparing an attack to regain control of Nalut, about 60 km (38 miles) from the Tunisian border in western Libya, from protesters seeking an end to Gaddafi's rule.
We'll use military force to free Libya, vows PM: Cameron plans no-fly zone over country and even threatens to send British troops
Sky Sources: UK government is considering basing typhoon jets at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to enforce a no-fly zone”
A fearless RAF Hercules pilot steered his 150 passengers to safety despite a bullet being fired in to the cock-pit and boucing off his HELMET. the airman was trying to pick more Brits up when REBELS mis-took the aircraft for one of Gaddafi's near Benghazi on Sunday.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — An arms trade watchdog says it suspects Libya received a shipment of military equipment from Belarus as Moammar Gadhafi's regime started a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
There will be a broader conflict to come, but it will not be WW3. It will be a war against dictators that had ruled for too far long a time whom had instead of meeting the masses aspirations, had rather line theirs and their bootlickers own wallets thick.
Relatives of jailed Islamists protest in Jordan for their release (DPA)
Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya would first require bombing the north African nation's air defense systems, top US commander General James Mattis warned Tuesday.
The general told a Senate hearing there should be "no illusions" about what would be required if the United States and its allies decided to ban Moamer Khadafi's warplanes from the skies.
Western countries fear Gadhafi may use chemical weapons against rebels (Israel Radio)
EU border agency chief visits evacuation hub Malta to discuss Libya crisis (DPA)
Malta refusing to return Libyan fighter jets that landed on island after pilots defected (AP)
Libya frees 4 Jordanian workers detained in unrest (AP)
France urges aid, not military action for Libya (Reuters)
Libyan oil head says oil sites undamaged (Reuters)
Russian Kremlin source says Gadhafi should step down (Reuters)
EU to hold emergency summit on situation in Libya on March 11 (DPA)
Top U.S. official says U.S. will keep squeezing Gadhafi until he quits (Reuters)
Clinton: U.S. may seek prosecution of Gadhafi for 1988 Lockerbie bombing (AP)
U.S. sending hundreds of marines, 2 amphibious ships to Mediterranean (Reuters)
Many African planes landing in Tripoli, may contain mercenaries (Israel Radio)
Yemen president accuses U.S., Israel of unrest in Arab worls (DPA)
U.S. says there is no foreign plot behind Yemen unrest (Reuters)
Oman deploys army units near capital Muscat, border with U.A.E. fearing more unrest (AP)
Oman deploys army units fearing more anti-government unrest (AP)
Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of tanks to Bahrain, where anti-government protests continue for about two weeks, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper said on Tuesday.
Bahrain protesters call for cabinet to step down (DPA)
Settlers rampage in Palestinian villages after outpost dismantled, witnesses say (Reuters)
Israel envoy to Africa quits post, slams Netanyahu for not advancing peace process (Haaretz)
Bill to remove landmines approved for 2nd, 3rd readings in Knesset (Ch. 10)
Obama reiterates U.S. support for Israel’s security in meeting with Jewish leaders (Haaretz)
Tunisia Minister of Higher Education resigns from interim government (Reuters)
Tunisian opposition leader Nejib Chebbi quits unity government (AP)
Tunisian PM will announce creation of Constitutional Council by Wednesday (Reuters)
Saudi authorities detain Shi'ite cleric over sermon calling for reform (Reuters)
Egypt delays expected reopening of stock market (AP)
Iraq's February oil export highest since U.S.-led invasion (AP)
Iran says treatment of opposition leaders is internal affairs (DPA)
Iran forces fire teargas, clash with protesters in pro-opposition rally (Reuters)
Iran refuses to answer questions on status of missing opposition leaders, feared jailed (AP)
German president: Contacts with oppressive regimes must be severed (DPA)
Britain has backtracked from its belligerent military stance over Libya after the Obama administration publicly distanced itself from David Cameron's suggestion that Nato should establish a no-fly zone over the country and that rebel forces should be armed.
Russia could lose almost $4.0 billion in arms export contracts to Libya after Moscow joined other world powers in slapping an arms embargo on Moamer Kadhafi's regime, a report said on Sunday.
The Interfax news agency quoted a military source as saying that Russia had a swelling order book for contracts from Libya worth $2.0 billion while negotiations had been in progress for deals worth $1.8 billion more.
"Among the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Libya is one of the main buyers of Russian weapons," the source, which was not identified, told the agency.
"As of today, contracts for military hardware of around $2.0 billion had been agreed with Libya.
"Work on contracts for aviation equipment and air defence was also in the final stage. These were valued at $1.8 billion," the source said.
According to defense industry sources, Russia stands to lose $10 billion in arms sales to Libya and other North African states hit by the wave of political unrest.
There has been a series of large explosions in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
A BBC correspondent reports seeing plumes of smoke, police and fire engines.
The cause of the blasts is unclear.
Two US warships would be entering Egypt's Suez Canal on Wednesday morning as the threat of military intervention in Libya looms large, an Egyptian official says. Earlier on Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious ship capable of carrying up to 2,000 Marines, and the USS Ponce assault ship will be passing through the Mediterranean shortly, Reuters reported Tuesday. According to top US military officials, the Kearsarge warship will be carrying 400 Marines from the United States and will be joining the USS Enterprise, which is in the Red Sea en route to the Suez Canal.
Al Jazeera: The Tunisian-Libyan borders have been closed because of the huge number of refugees
Zawia saw some clashes last night, around 200 gaddafi militia, however the people of Zawia managed to overcome them #Libya #Feb17
A funeral in Libyan capital Tripoli turns into a protest against Gadhafi - Guardian
Gadafi wants to start serious dialogue with protesters as soon as possible
tomorrow in benghazi, thats the day to burn all school books from the gaddafi green book classes
Due to the roadblocks set up by #Gaddafi, protesters in #Nalut are running out of food, fuel and other basic supplies.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday warned West against any military intervention in Libya, the local satellite Press TV reported.
Saif Gadafi : People of Zawyiah are terrorists
Benghazi rebels say they'd welcome turkish mil force to save them from Ghaddafi's jets. Strong no to US role though. #libya.
convoys from regime sent to benghazi, carrying food and aid.. What does gaddafi have in store now?
Eyewitness went from Tripoli towards Azawiya and described the military build up by Gaddafi forces...
He's gone beyond tanks & infantry, he's brought in Grad rocket launchers.
Canadian Forces plane denied permission to land in Tripoli . Government may send Canadian warship to #Libya
AJE : The Italians have said they will allow the use of their bases for possible action against Libya
The UN High Commission for Refugees says 140,000 have fled Libya to Egypt and Tunisia since February 20th. - with 14,000 crossing the border into Tunisia yesterday alone.
Yesterday UNHCR erected 500 tents, and last night each was sheltering between six to eight people. This morning work continues on erecting a further 1000 tents so that a total of 12,000 people will have shelter by the evening. An additional two airlifts are planned for Thursday with tents and supplies for up to 10,000 people. The water and hygiene situation remains precarious. UNHCR has requested ICRC and UNICEF to help with improving these facilities.
Confirmed heavy mercenary activity in Sabha. The city is pretty much surrounded. They're flying them into Tripoli.
Attack on Misurata of course failed and Gaddafi's men ran away leaving behind their weapons. #Libya
It was also reported that a U.S. destroyer had crossed through the Suez Canal over the weekend Sunday and taken up a position in the south-western Mediterranean and an amphibious assault ship, the USS Kearsarge, with helicopters aboard, was in the Red Sea and heading toward the Canal. Anonymous official sources added that the USS Ponce amphibious assault vessel was “moving toward the area.”
A Chinese navy frigate has already reached mission waters off Libya on Tuesday to offer support and protection for ships evacuating Chinese nationals.
New Delhi: India is sending three Naval ships to evacuate its citizens from Libya. 18,000 Indians are currently based in Libya, many of them work for construction companies.
Credible reports that a major air base in Tripoli has fallen to the opposition. #Gaddafi. #Libya
Libyan revolution is now training its men militarily to "finish the job in Tripoli" with help of defected army in Benghazi #libya #feb17
#Libyans in liberated cities across the nation are planning for huge demonstrations on Wednesday for the freedom of #Tripoli. #Libya #Feb17
British special forces are poised to seize caches of mustard gas and other potential chemical weapons being stored by Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime in the Libyan desert.
AJE : demonstrators were fired on during protests in the outskirts of Tripoli
In a sign of mounting frustration among rebel leaders over Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s diminished but unyielding grip on power, rebel leaders here are debating whether to ask for Western airstrikes under the United Nations banner, according to four people with knowledge of the deliberations.
Top diplomat back from Libya as 14,000 Filipinos remain unaccounted for
A ragtag army of opponents to Col. Moammar Gadhafi began moving west toward Tripoli from the east and the U.S. ordered two warships to the Mediterranean Sea, as the prospect of an extended war loomed over Libya.
UK Clashes With UN Over Libya No-Fly Zone
Tripoli blasts update: Oil truck ablaze in Libyan capital; many Gadhafi supporters at scene, according to Sky News' Lisa Holland
AJE : Residents attacked foreign reporters who rushed to the scene and chased them back to a nearby hotel where many of them are staying
AJA: Journalist Faraj Al-Maghribi from Ajdabiya city: There's a battle between the people Qadhafi's troops in Briqa city.
AJA: Journalist Faraj Al-Maghribi: Qadhafi's troops are firing indiscriminately in Briqa, which is near oil installations.
AJA: jounralist Bayba wald Mhady from Benghazi: According to my info. installation near Briqa only produce 20K oil barrels.
Gaddafi forces retakes Brega and heading towards Ajdabia.
Pakistan minister shot dead on way to cabinet meeting in Islamabad
Bahrain protests spread from central Manama square to other parts of the city (Reuters)
Report: Saudi Facebook activist planning protest shot dead (DPA)
PLO envoy tells U.S. Jews: Peace process must lead to Palestinian state (Haaretz)
Norway mulls recognizing Palestinian state if peace process remains stalled (Haaretz)
Yemen opposition hands Saleh transition road map (Reuters)
Syria agrees to allow UN nuclear inspectors into acid plant (Reuters)
A new defense system for Israeli tanks has successfully shot down a missile attack on Israel's border with Gaza, an army statement says.
The Israeli Defense Ministry said the Trophy Windbreaker system "identified, alerted and intercepted" an anti-tank missile fired from southern Gaza on an Israeli army patrol in the western Negev region.
Israeli troops on Wednesday destroyed three water wells belonging to Palestinian villagers living near a sprawling Jewish settlement outside Hebron, witnesses said.
Rightists plan secret 'day of rage' over West Bank outpost demolition (Haaretz)
Out of nowhere, the jet screeched low overhead and slammed two missiles into a street just metres (yards) from where jubilant rebels pumped bullets into a poster of Moamer Kadhafi.
As US warships entered the Mediterrenean Wednesday, NATO allies were divided on whether to use military might in Libya while Moamer Kadhafi warned that any Western foray would leave thousands dead.
Warning that military action could turn Arabs against Europe, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe insisted that any operation, including policing Libya's skies, would first need approval from the United Nations.
Libyan government denies reports of attacks in east (Reuters)
Report: Iraq FM calls on Libyan leadership to stop bloodshed, respect demands of people (Reuters)
Spain blocks Gaddafi luxury housing project (DPA)
Libyan state TV shows Gadhafi attending political celebration in Tripoli (Reuters)
Spanish Foreign Ministry: We will freeze Gadhafi's assets in Spain (AP)
Gadhafi: U.S. faces bloody war if it enters Libya (Reuters)
Gadhafi's explanation for revolt: U.S.-freed terrorists trained Libyan al-Qaida (Ch. 10)
Senator Kerry: International community should prepare to implement Libya no-fly zone (Reuters)
Rebels in East Libya call for UN-backed air strikes against Gadhafi (Reuters)
Gadhafi's military spending lowest in Mideast, making army coup difficult (Bloomberg)
Clinton: U.S. long way from Libya no-fly zone decision (Reuters)
Libyan warplane carries out air strike in Brega (Reuters)
Libyan Human Rights League claims Gadhafi has killed 6,000 in last 2 weeks (Israel Radio)
Arab League says it could impose Libya 'no fly' zone with African Union (Reuters)
UN sees 100,000 Africans fleeing Libya to Niger (Reuters)
UNESCO suspends cooperation with Libya (AP)
British, French specialists disarm Libyan jets in Malta (Reuters)
Over 180,000 refugees flee to Libya's borders (AP)
The United Nations voiced concern on Wednesday over allegations of human rights violations at recent demonstrations in Iraq, and called for those behind the abuses to be held accountable.
The statement from the UN mission in Iraq came after protests across the country on Friday left 16 people dead, as well as multiple allegations from journalists of assault and detention.
"The UN in Iraq notes with concern that several instances of human rights violations in relation to the demonstrations have been reported," the statement said.
"The reported violations include disproportionate use of force by Iraqi security forces that resulted in the death and injury of a number of citizens; restrictions on the media and attacks on media organisations; and arrests and detention of, in particular, journalists."
Iran has blasted arch-foe the United States over accusations Tehran is arming and training militants in Afghanistan, where US-led forces are battling a raging Taliban insurgency.
The two Iranian warships that passed through the Suez Canal last month en route to Syria, a move Israel branded "political provocation," will make the return trip on Thursday, an official said.
Iran opposition says 79 arrested in protests government denies took place (Reuters)
The arrest and sentencing of Amr Abdallah Elbihiry, 33, an Egyptian activist, has sparked outrage among pro-democracy activists and human rights groups in Egypt.
Elbihiry was convicted and sentenced to five years in military prison on Wednesday by Egypt's Supreme Military Court, after being charged with assaulting a public official on duty and for breaking curfew.
Elbihiry was arrested during the early hours of Saturday morning, in front of the Council of Ministers headquarters, at a peaceful demonstration demanding the resignation of Ahmed Shafiq, the interim prime minister.
He was one of a group of protesters that took part in a peaceful sit-in, which was violently dispersed by the Egyptian armed forces, and military police. Protesters were reportedly beaten with sticks, others with electric shock batons.
Arab League postpones summit to May, Egypt state news agency reports (Reuters)
Jailers fire live bullets at prisoners in Egypt jail riots, says Egyptian newspaper (Ch. 10)
Egypt frees two senior Muslim Brotherhood members (Reuters)
U.S. Secretary of State Clinton: U.S. must continue to fund Lebanese army (AP)
U.S. Senate considering sending aid package to Arab countries to 'encourage reform' (AP)
U.K. lawmaker calls for prince to reform British monarchy (Reuters)