- - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LIBYA

Rebels clash with Sudanese mercenaries

BENGHAZI | Libyan rebels clashed Wednesday with Sudanese mercenaries fighting for Moammar Gadhafi near the border with Sudan.

A rebel commander in southeast Libya, Ahmed Zway, said rebel fighters had destroyed a weapons-laden vehicle belonging to a Sudanese mercenary force in clashes about 18 miles west of the southeast oasis of Kufra.


The rebels had surrounded and were trying to capture six other Sudanese vehicles mounted with heavy weapons, he said.

In previous clashes at the southern border, captured Sudanese mercenaries have said they belonged to the Darfur-based rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement. It was not immediately known whether the mercenaries captured on Wednesday were members of JEM.

Col. Gadhafi has long provided arms, training and vehicles to various rebel groups in Sudan.

EGYPT

Egypt to open Rafah crossing

CAIRO | Egypt will open its only crossing with the Gaza Strip this weekend, the Cairo military government announced Wednesday, significantly easing a four-year blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory but setting up a potential conflict with Israel.

Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency said the Rafah border crossing would be opened permanently starting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Fridays and holidays.

This gives Gaza Palestinians a way to freely enter and exit their territory for the first time since 2007, when Hamas overran the territory, and Israel and Egypt closed the crossings.

Israel’s crossings are more significant because they handle most cargo. A year ago, Israel significantly eased its restrictions on cargo entering Gaza, but it still severely limits entry and exit of Gazans through its northern crossing into Israel.

BRAZIL

Brazilian activist fatally shot in Amazon

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