Algeria: Gadhafi’s daughter gives birth

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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — One day after fleeing Libya, Col. Moammar Gadhafi‘s daughter gave birth to a baby girl in Algeria on Tuesday, the Algerian Health Ministry said.

An official with the ministry said AishaGadhafi had given birth, but the official provided no other information, including where the birth took place. The official was not authorized to be named publicly, according to ministry rules.

Col. Gadhafi‘s wife, Safia; their sons Hannibal and Mohammed; and their daughter Aisha entered southern Algeria from Libya on Monday, the Algerian Foreign Ministry said. Algerian news reports said Aisha Gadhafi’s pregnancy was one reason for Algeria’s controversial decision to take the family in.

Libya’s rebel leadership demanded Tuesday that Algeria return Col. Gadhafi‘s wife and children for trial, accusing Algeria of an “aggressive act.” The departure of Col. Gadhafi‘s family was one of the strongest signs yet that he has lost his grip on Libya after 42 years in power.

AishaGadhafi, in her mid-30s, is a lawyer who helped in the defense of toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the trial that led to his hanging.

After Libyan rebels advanced on Tripoli last week, her home was among those exposed to looting.

She lived in a two-story mansion with an indoor pool and sauna, where DVDs included action and mystery films, but also one on getting back in shape after childbirth. A large playroom was strewn with toys, party hats and streamers were in a pile in an entrance hall, and her library contained a number of children’s books.

Earlier Tuesday, an Algerian newspaper reported that the government has moved to partially close Algeria’s southeastern border with Libya after members of Col. Gadhafi‘s family fled across it. The El-Watan daily cited unidentified diplomatic officials Tuesday as saying security forces have been deployed to shut the border.

The Algerian Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry would not comment on the newspaper report.

Separately, the Algerian daily Echourouk, citing unidentified officials, said 31 people connected with the Libyan dictator’s family had entered Algeria — including his grandchildren and servants. It said Aisha Gadhafi was in critical condition and close to giving birth.

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