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U.N. Suspends Libya from Human Rights Council

The United Nations on Tuesday suspended Libya from its main human rights body over Moammar Gadhafi's crackdown on protests as the Security Council warned of new action against his regime.

Britain's U.N. envoy said the council would take "whatever measures we consider necessary to respond to events on the ground."

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West Argues Over No-Fly Zone in Libya

U.S. defense leaders played down the likelihood of imposing a no-fly zone on Libya, urging a cautious approach to any military action against Moammer Gadhafi's forces.

The U.S. military's top officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, said on Tuesday a no-fly zone would be "extraordinarily complex" to carry out while a top general warned there should be "no illusions" about what it would take to shut down the Libyan leader's air force.

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U.S. General Says Libya No-Fly Zone Would Require Bombing Raids

Enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya would first require bombing the north African nation's air defense systems, top U.S. commander General James Mattis warned Tuesday.

A no-fly zone would require removing "the air defense capability first," Mattis, the head of Central Command, told a Senate hearing.

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EU Calls Crisis Summit on Libyan, Arab Turmoil

The European Union on Tuesday called a crisis summit of its 27 leaders next week to seek a joint response in facing the turmoil both in Libya and in Arab states on Europe's southern flank.

"In light of developments in the EU's southern neighborhood, and especially in Libya, I convened an extraordinary European Council (or summit) on 11/03," EU president Herman Van Rompuy said Tuesday on his Twitter webpage.

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'Political Corpse' Gadhafi Must Quit, Says Kremlin

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is a "living political corpse" who has no place in the civilized world and must quit power, the Interfax news agency quoted a Kremlin source as saying Tuesday.

"We believe that even if Gadhafi now manages to dig himself in, he is a living political corpse who has no place in the modern civilized world," the source said in Russia's first clear call for the Libyan leader to quit.

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Britain Blocks Gadhafi’s Attempt to Withdraw 1.4 Billion Dollars

Britain announced that it had foiled a plan by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to move Libyan banknotes worth 1.4 billion dollars (1 billion Euros) out of Britain.

"The Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) intervened to block the departure of 1.4 billion in notes destined for Libya," British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

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Libyans 'Ready to Die for Me', Says Gadhafi

"All my people love me," Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi insisted Monday, ignoring mounting global pressure to step down and perhaps head into exile after four decades at the helm of his country.

"They love me. All my people with me. They love me all. They would die to protect me," the veteran Libyan leader said speaking in halting English in an interview with Western media shown on the BBC's world news website.

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U.S. Repositions Forces near Libya, Says 'Exile' an Option for Gadhafi

The United States on Monday told defiant Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi he must "go now," repositioned forces near Libya and raised the prospect of exile for its foe, as it cranked up pressure on his fragile regime.

Washington further stiffened its rhetoric and said it was talking to Libyan opposition groups, apparently seeking to further destabilize Gadhafi after an uprising against his decades-long rule that has killed more than 1,000 people.

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Clinton Calls for Further Steps to End Libya Violence

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the international community Monday to work together on further steps to end the crisis in Libya, adding that Washington was keeping all options on the table.

"We all need to work together on further steps to hold the Gadhafi government accountable, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need and support the Libyan people as they pursue a transition to democracy," she told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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EU Slaps Sanctions on Gadhafi, Says Trying to Establish Contact with Opposition

The European Union on Monday agreed to slap an asset freeze and travel ban on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and 25 members of his family and inner circle, the EU's Hungarian presidency said.

"The EU measures not only implement the resolution of the United Nations Security Council of February 26 but in addition impose autonomous sanctions", said Tamas Fellegi, national development minister of Hungary, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

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