Hundreds of protesters in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday burned ballots to demand greater representation as Libyans went to the polls in historic nationwide elections.
But reflecting the large support in the Mediterranean city for the country's first free ballot in decades, voters flocked to the main road along the seafront by early evening, waving Libyan flags and chanting pro-election slogans.Full Story
Moammar Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam has no chance of a fair trial in Libya, his international lawyer said Friday following her release from almost four weeks' detention there.
"Irrespective of any issues concerning my own personal conduct, the rights of my client, Mr. Seif al-Islam -- were irrevocably prejudiced during my visit to Zintan," said Melinda Taylor, who was freed this week after being held in Libya while visiting Seif on behalf of the International Criminal Court.Full Story
A round of gunfire struck a helicopter transporting electoral material for Libya's vote on Friday, killing an election commission worker, officials said.
"A helicopter carrying ballots and flying over the region of Hawari (south of Benghazi) was struck by small arms fire," army spokesman Colonel Ali al-Sheikhi said. "One person on board was killed."Full Story
U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to reduce the number of unarmed military observers in Syria and put more stress on political efforts to end the conflict.
Ban recommends in a report that the mission in Syria with a "reduced military observer component" be redeployed to the capital Damascus, from regional cities where the conflict has grown in recent weeks.Full Story
Syria's Manaf Tlass, a top general with close ties to President Bashar Assad, has been transformed from a "golden boy" of the Damascus regime into a member of a growing dissident movement with his defection.
The change comes after the regime brutally repressed dissent in his hometown of Rastan in Homs province of central Syria.Full Story
The head of the main opposition Syrian National Council hailed Friday the defection of a top general as a major blow to President Bashar Assad's regime and said they wanted to work with him.
"This is a major blow to the Assad regime," Abdel Basset Sayda told journalists at a meeting in Paris. "We cannot comment where he is. We are going to seek some cooperation with him. We call for other defections.Full Story
Russia on Friday described as "inappropriate" U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks at a Friends of Syria meeting that Moscow is holding up progress in resolving the conflict.
"The statement is inappropriate," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency.Full Story
Libya's election on Saturday could well bring Islamists to power, but liberals under the leadership of the architects of the revolt that ousted Moammar Gadhafi say they too are confident of a win.
With more than 100 parties running in the upcoming polls of Libya, a nation with no recent history of democracy and no polling technology, it is impossible to predict the make-up of the General National Congress.Full Story
A fire in a camp for Syrian refugees in southern Turkey killed at least two people and left others injured on Friday, the Anatolia news agency reported, saying the cause was not immediately known.
The blaze occurred in Yayladagi camp in southern Turkey's Hatay province, near the border with Syria, the agency said, as television pictures showed thick columns of smoke rising and firefighters and refugees battling the flames.Full Story
At least 55 people were killed across Syria on Friday as protesters took to the streets in several provinces after being urged to call for a "People's liberation war."
The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said regime forces killed 16 people in the countryside around Damascus, 11 in Daraa, nine in Idlib, eight in Homs, four in Damascus and two in Hama.Full Story