Sep 26, 2011
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- IMF chief warns on crisis funding (bbc.co.uk)
- FTSE falls again amid new eurozone fears (independent.co.uk)
- IMF may need billions in extra funding, says Lagarde (telegraph.co.uk)
- Greece Finance Minister Denies Reports Of Coordinated Default (forexlive.com)
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A woman holds a portrait of her son at a mass grave believed to hold the remains of those killed in the 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya. She said her son was one of the victims.(Suhaib Salem, Reuters / September 26, 2011)
September 26, 2011
Street demonstrations in the eastern city of Benghazi by relatives of those who died in the massacre provided a catalyst for the nationwide protest movement that erupted in February. The protests evolved into an armed insurrection that eventually toppled Kadafi after more than 40 years of authoritarian rule.
For years, kin of those who disappeared had been pressing the government to disclose what happened to the prisoners.
On Sunday, a military spokesman for Libya's provisional government told reporters here that the burial site appears to have been discovered — a desert tract scattered with bone fragments outside the prison complex. Rumors had long circulated that the bodies had been interred near the prison.
The site was identified through information obtained from witnesses and former prison security guards captured after Kadafi fled Tripoli, officials said.
Provisional government officials say they plan to seek international assistance in excavating the site and identifying the remains through DNA analysis.
Libya's new rulers are keen to clarify what exactly happened at Abu Salim. The provisional government has said it wants to capture Kadafi and his associates and put them on trial for crimes committed during his rule, including killings at Abu Salim.
A trial could determine whether Kadafi ordered the killings or was even aware of them at the time. Witnesses have said Kadafi's security chief, Abdullah Sanoussi, who is also the deposed leader's brother-in-law, appeared at the prison the day before the killings of most inmates and probably ordered the executions.
Witnesses have said that most of those killed were shot in courtyards at the prison on the morning of June 29. The day before, prisoners protesting conditions had taken several guards hostage and clashes had occurred within the prison's walls.
Abu Salim was long a lockup and interrogation center for political dissidents, especially Islamists bent on ending Kadafi's autocratic rule. In recent years, the government had acknowledged that excess force had been used, and had even notified some families of the deaths of their loves ones.
Anti-Gaddafi fighters have breached the former Libya leader's hometown of Sirte from the east for the first time, as their three-day long assault continues.
Soldiers traded rocket fire with Gaddafi loyalists as they edged from the eastern suburbs into the city.
The advance comes two days after the soldiers, loyal to the National Transitional Council, attacked from the west before retreating again.
Sirte is one of the last remaining strongholds of Gaddafi loyalists.
The BBC's Alastair Leithead, in Sirte, says civilians have been streaming out of the city - some of them were not aware that Tripoli had fallen.
Many of them were terrified, he says, having been told that rebel fighters would slit their throats if they ventured out of the city.
Our correspondent says the remaining civilians are in increasing danger, caught in the middle of intensifying fighting.
Gaddafi loyalists have been fiercely protecting the city from NTC advances in recent weeks.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, the biggest change in a decade for women in a puritanical kingdom that practices strict separation of the sexes, including banning women from driving.
Saudi women, who are legally subject to male chaperones for almost any public activity, hailed the royal decree as an important, if limited, step toward making them equal to their male counterparts. They said the uprisings sweeping the Arab world for the past nine months — along with sustained domestic pressure for women’s rights and a more representative form of government — prompted the change.
“There is the element of the Arab Spring, there is the element of the strength of Saudi social media, and there is the element of Saudi women themselves, who are not silent,” said Hatoon al-Fassi, a history professor and one of the women who organized a campaign demanding the right to vote this spring. “Plus, the fact that the issue of women has turned Saudi Arabia into an international joke is another thing that brought the decision now.”
"It is with great sadness that the family of professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September 2011 at the Nairobi hospital after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer," the Green Belt Movement said in a statement.
Born in 1940, Maathai became a key figure in Kenya since founding the movement in 1977, staunchly campaigning for environmental conservation and good governance.
Since its founding, her organisation has planted some 40 million trees across Africa. In the 1970s, she also headed the Kenya Red Cross.
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By Alexander Dziadosz and Sherine El Madany
SIRTE | Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:21pm EDT
(Reuters) - Libyan provisional government forces backed by NATO warplanes raced through the eastern outskirts of Sirte on Monday, closing in on Muammar Gaddafi loyalists holed up in one of the last two bastions of the deposed leader.
Thick, black smoke billowed into the air as National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters battled loyalist troops at a roundabout about 2 km (1.2 mile) from the center of Gaddafi's home town, Reuters journalists said.
The thud of large explosions could be heard as NATO aircraft roared overhead. NTC fighters said the jets were striking the positions of Gaddafi loyalists.
The advance came two days after anti-Gaddafi fighters west of Sirte drove to within a few hundred meters of its center before pulling back on Sunday to make way for NATO strikes.
On the western edges of Sirte on Monday, NTC fighters and Gaddafi loyalists traded heavy machine gun fire, rocket-propelled grenades and artillery rounds.
Snipers loyal to Gaddafi could be seen on building rooftops. NATO aircraft flew overhead.
|An Afghan policeman checks a man near a security checkpoint in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, Sept. 26, 2011. Security forces in Kabul has been on high alert after series of attacks over the past few weeks including a suicide attack which killed former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani. (Xinhua/Omid)|
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