Hundreds of armed anti-government forces backed by rebel troops who control the city closest to Tripoli, the capital, prepared Sunday to repel an expected offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi surrounding Zawiya.
Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman on Sunday criticized President Obama's handling of the ongoing revolution in Libya, urging the White House to enforce a "no-fly" zone over the North African country to prevent strongman Moammar Gadhafi from using air power against anti-government protesters.
After days of firing on unarmed protesters, Moammar Gadhafi's regime has turned its fury on those it blames for stoking the anti-government uprising: Libyan youths who spread revolution on Facebook and Twitter.
In its nine years of existence, the International Criminal Court has yet to prove itself. Now it has been handed another tough assignment — meting out justice for possible crimes against humanity in Libya.
The U.N. Security Council moved Saturday to halt Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's deadly crackdown on protesters, slapping sanctions on him, his five children and 10 top associates.
The embattled Libyan regime passed out guns to civilian supporters, set up checkpoints Saturday and sent armed patrols roving the terrorized capital to try to maintain control of Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold and quash dissent as rebels consolidate control elsewhere in the North African nation.
The White House dramatically stepped up its response to the crisis in Libya after Americans were evacuated out of the country Friday afternoon, with spokesman Jay Carney saying leader Moammar Gadhafi has "zero" legitimacy.
In the late 1970s, then Egyptian Foreign Minister Boutros Boutros-Ghali couldn't figure out why African summit meetings unanimously voted against Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. He decided to sprinkle his delegation with intelligence gumshoes for the next summit in Sierra Leone in 1980. Their mission: Find out what kind of chicanery was going on behind the scenes.
Militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire Friday on protesters streaming out of mosques and marching across the Libyan capital to demand the regime's ouster, witnesses said, reporting multiple deaths. In rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days.