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    Italy does not want to renegotiate Europe's Schengen visa-free accords but favors some "technical control" to determine whether they are adapted to current realities, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Sunday.

  • Libyan rebels on an armed pickup truck drive past an Arabic sign with the words "You are welcome" on their way into the Brega, Libya, during an exchange of fire with pro-Gadhafi forces along the front line at the outskirts of the city on Monday, April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    Italy recognizes rebels as legitimate Libyan voice

    Italy recognized opponents of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi as the country's only legitimate voice on Monday as the rebels advanced on a war-battered oil town and a Gadhafi envoy pressed other European countries for help in ending the crisis.

  • Libyan National Transitional Council's Foreign Minister Ali al-Essawi talks during a press conference in Rome on Monday with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Italy on Monday recognized the opposition Libyan National Transitional Council as the only legitimate voice in the north African nation, the Italian foreign minister said. Rome also dismissed a diplomatic push in Europe by Moammar Gadhafi's government to discuss an end to the fighting. Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that any solution to the Libyan conflict involved the departure of Moammar Gadhafi and his family. (Associated Press)

    Libyan rebels reject role for Gadhafi sons

    A diplomatic push by Moammar Gadhafi's regime ran into trouble Monday as opponents at home and abroad rejected any solution to the Libyan conflict that would involve one of his sons taking power.

  • A Libyan popular defence committee member, holds his AK-47 as he flashes V sign in front an anti-aircraft missile at an abandoned Libyan military base near Tobruk, Libya, on Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011. Heavy gunfire broke out in Tripoli as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi tightened their grip on the Libyan capital while anti-government protesters claimed control of many cities elsewhere and top government officials and diplomats turn against the longtime leader. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Pro-Gadhafi militiamen clamp down in Libyan capital as protests close in

    Militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi clamped down in Tripoli, but cracks in his regime spread elsewhere across the nation, as the protest-fueled rebellion controlling much of eastern Libya claimed new gains closer to the capital. Two pilots let their warplane crash in the desert, parachuting to safety, rather than bomb an opposition-held city.

  • ** FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, file picture founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, speaks during a press conference in London. (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss/File)

    U.S. briefs allies about next WikiLeaks release

    U.S. allies around the world have been briefed by American diplomats about an expected release of classified U.S. files by the WikiLeaks website that is likely to cause international embarrassment and could damage some nations' relations with the United States.

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