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Libya Rebel Council Rejects Gadhafi’s Call for Talks

The Libyan opposition Transitional National Council (TNC) on Saturday rejected calls for talks by strongman Moammer Gadhafi, saying he had no role to play in the north African nation's future.

"The time for compromise has passed," said Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice-chairman of the transitional council that has shaped itself into a parallel government in the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi.

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Gadhafi Regime Accused by UN of Giving Viagra to Troops

The United States on Thursday raised allegations that Moammer Gadhafi's regime gives Viagra to troops to carry out rapes as the UN Security Council wrangled over coalition attacks in Libya, diplomats said.

Russia and other nations have argued that France, Britain, the United States and their allies patrolling a no-fly zone over Libya are going beyond the mandate given by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

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NATO Bombs Hit Gadhafi Office, Rebels Advance in Misrata

NATO bombs wrecked Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's office in his immense Tripoli residence on Monday, while rebels in besieged Misrata said they had pushed loyalist forces out of the city.

Heavy explosions shook central Tripoli shortly after midnight as warplanes roared over the city.

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Rap Music Inspires Libyan Rebels to Defeat Gadhafi

Libyan rebel fighter Jaad Jumaa Hashmi cranks up the volume on his pickup truck's stereo when he heads into battle against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

He looks for inspiration from a growing cadre of amateur rappers whose powerful songs have helped define the revolution.

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Asian Oil Prices Soar amid Arab Chaos

Oil was up in Asian trade as escalating tensions in Libya, Syria, and Yemen heightened fears of supply disruption in the Middle East and North African region Agence France Presse reported on Monday.

New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in June, rose 36 cents to $112.65 a barrel, while Brent North Sea crude for June gained 24 cents to $124.23 in the afternoon.

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Libya Rebels Hail U.S. Drones, McCain Urges Recognition of Interim Council

Insurgents bogged down in their bid to oust Moammar Gadhafi hailed Friday a U.S. decision to deploy armed drones over Libya, as Senator John McCain urged the world to recognize the rebels' council.

"We are so pleased," media liaison official for the rebels' Transitional National Council (TNC), Mustafa Gheriani, told Agence France Presse in Benghazi, their eastern stronghold.

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U.S. Senator McCain Visits Libyan Rebel Capital Benghazi

Senior U.S. Senator John McCain paid a visit to the Libyan rebel headquarters in their eastern stronghold city of Benghazi on Friday, an Agence France Presse correspondent said.

McCain was mobbed on arrival at the courthouse in the center of the city by a crowd of about 50 people, who chanted, "Libya free, Gadhafi go away -- thank you America, thank you Obama."

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Libya Rebels Seize Tunisia Border Post, NATO Warns Civilians

Libyan rebels Thursday overran a post on the Tunisian border, marking their first advance in weeks against Moammar Gadhafi's forces as NATO warned civilians to stand clear of its bombing blitz.

The capture of the Wazin border post was cheered by several hundred rebels who raised the flag of the Libyan monarchy after some 150 to 200 pro-Gadhafi soldiers abandoned their weapons and fled into Tunisia.

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Russia Warns Against 'Risky' Libya Ground Operation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday warned against a Western ground operation in Libya, saying it would be an "extremely risky" action with unpredictable consequences.

Speaking in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, Lavrov said that Russia was worried by signs of a move towards a ground conflict involving Western forces in Libya.

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2 Western Photojournalists Killed in Libya

Two Western photojournalists, including an Oscar-nominated film director, have been killed in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded.

British-born Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary "Restrepo" about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed Wednesday inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, said his U.S.-based publicist, Johanna Ramos Boyer. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops.

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