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Global food prices have reached their highest point in 20 years and could increase further because of rising oil prices stemming from the unrest in Libya and the Mideast, a U.N. agency warned Thursday.
Rebel forces routed troops loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi in a fierce battle over an oil port Wednesday, scrambling over the dunes of a Mediterranean beach through shelling and an airstrike to corner their attackers.
Current events in Libya call for European resolve, leadership and action, but the last of these is noticeably absent ("European Union slaps wide sanctions on Libya," Web, Monday). A referral to the International Criminal Court, sanctions and public condemnations are a most insufficient response to the vicious and mismatched fighting in Tripoli and surrounding cities.
The seismic popular revolts going on in the greater Middle East are long overdue. These nations have been subjected ever since the end of the Cold War to theocratic and secular dictatorships, which have consistently denied human rights to their people.
Opponents of Moammar Gadhafi repelled an attack by the Libyan leader's forces trying to retake a key coastal oil installation in a topsy-turvy battle Wednesday in which shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At least six people were killed in the fighting.
Donald Trump has a burgeoning new "grass-roots army" who pine for him to run for president in 2012.
Moammar Gadhafi's forces battled poorly armed rebels Tuesday for control of towns near the capital trying to create a buffer zone around his seat of power. The increasingly violent clashes threatened to transform the 15-day popular rebellion in Libya into a drawn-out civil war.
Rebel forces fended off Moammar Gadhafi's troops in the western part of Libya on Tuesday, and thousands of people fleeing the violence massed at the North African nation's borders prompting warnings from international aid groups of a humanitarian crisis.
A Tunisian Islamist party banned for more than 20 years was legalized Tuesday, while the country's most prominent opposition figure quit the unity government amid renewed uncertainty about where Tunisia is headed.