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# Libya
France and Italy to send military officials to advise Libyan rebels
Meanwhile, UN official warns Libyan authorities that their military actions will come under “intense scrutiny”
British military advisers heading to Libya
The advisers are reportedly travelling to the troubled north African state to help the country’s rebel forces.
Ground invasion by the West in Libya ruled out once again
Rebel troops struggle to gain a foothold as the humanitarian crisis worsens. Aid has been approved for the capital Tripoli.
Government forces continue to pound Libyan city as US seeks refuge for Gaddafi
The Obama administration has begun seeking a country that might be willing to take Muammar Gaddafi as his forces continue to pound the rebel held city of Misrata.
Gaddafi 'using cluster bombs on his own people' in Libya
The accusation comes as NATO foreign ministers reached another stalemate over air support for Libyan rebels on Friday.
The Daily Fix: Thursday
In today’s Fix: FF ministers appointed over 100 to state boards in final days; Gaddafi parades through Tripoli; and an alligator takes inspiration from Bronx Zoo cobra.
Libya Allied forces to increase military operations in Libya
Britain and France have vowed to step up military pressure on Col Gaddafi and to send resources to rebels – while the United States has condemned “renewed atrocities” in Libya.
Libyan rebels reject ceasefire proposals
Rebel groups claim African Union proposals to end Libyan conflict do not insist Gaddafi should step down.
Gaddafi 'accepts African Union peace plan' for Libya
The ceasefire will now be put to Libyan opposition in Benghazi although it is not known if the agreement contains a provision for Muammar Gaddafi to step down.
# Libya
NATO: We didn't know Libya rebels used tanks
NATO says it launched air strikes against the anti-Gaddafi rebels because it didn’t realise they were the ones in tanks.
# Libya
NATO air strikes kill Libyan rebels according to reports
NATO have not immediately confirmed the reports which say that 13 rebels have been killed.
# Quran Burning
Two US soldiers shot dead as protesters rage against Quran burning
Protesters in Afghanistan are still angered by the burning of the Islamic holy book at a church in Florida last month.
# Libya
Libyan foreign minister defects and flees to UK
Moussa Koussa seeks refuge in Britain after quitting the Libyan government, as NATO rules out arming Libya’s rebels.
# Libya
Gaddafi forces continue to push rebels eastwards
International leaders’ conference yesterday agreed it was time for Gaddafi to resign – but not on how to push him out.
# Libya
Rebel advance on Gaddafi's hometown checked by pro-government forces
Meanwhile, women protest over detention of women who claims she was raped and beaten by Gaddafi’s security forces.
# Libya
World leaders meet as Obama defends US action in Libya
US President didn’t specifically mention the rebels when presenting his views on the “tyrant” Gaddafi and US military involvement in Libya.
# Afghanistan
Suicide bombers kill 20 civilians in Afghanistan
A truck was loaded with explosives in eastern Afghanistan and then detonated in the grounds of a construction company, killing 20 civilians and wounding about 50 others.
# Libya
Video: Gaddafi loyalists attack woman - and journalists - in Tripoli hotel
Loyalists to the Libyan leader try to stop a woman from complaining of a sexual assault – and then attack western media.
# Libya
Libyan rebels win back control over western oil town
Anti-Gaddafi forces recoup control of Ajdabiya – as well as capturing the coastal town of Brega, apparently without a fight.
# Libya
Libyan rebels regain control of key eastern city Ajdabiya
Video: President Obama says coalition action is protecting civilians in Libya from Gaddafi’s forces.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Friday
In today’s Fix: an appeal to consumers to stop buying medicines online; Japanese officials say a large radiation leak may have occurred at the Fukushima plant; and we show some of the best results of our caption competition.
# Oops
Video: Obama arrives home early... and can't get into White House
Us president accidentally locked out of the Oval Office after trip to Latin America.
# Libya
NATO takes over enforcement of Libyan no-fly zone
This does not mean that the US can make a quick exit from the military operation, experts say.
# Libya
NATO to meet over support for Libyan no-fly zone
Meanwhile, a fifth night of coalition airstrikes hasn’t deterred pro-Gaddafi forces from shelling rebel-held areas.
# Afghanistan
Afghanistan security forces to begin taking direct security control
President Hamid Karzai announces plans to begin taking direct control from international forces, ahead of a total evacuation.
# Afghanistan
Afghan president's cousin mistakenly killed by NATO - reports
President Karzai’s brother said their cousin was shot dead by NATO troops during a raid yesterday. The UN says that some 2,777 civilians were killed in Afghan violence last year.
# No-Fly Zone
The 'no-fly zone' explained
The growing calls for a no-fly zone to be placed over Libya have prompted questions as to what exactly is it and how would it work. explains.
# Libya
Efforts stepped up to impose no-fly zone as UN says one million people need aid in Libya
The UK and France are stepping up efforts to impose a no-fly zone over Libya as the US does not rule out military intervention in Libya.
# Afghanistan
NATO commander apologises for fatal attack on Afghan children
Nine children, aged between 7 and 12, were killed accidentally by NATO forces in Afghanistan as they gathered firewood yesterday.
# Afghanistan
Six NATO troops killed by gunman
Taliban claim American soldiers were killed by a man who joined the border guards specifically to target foreign soldiers.
# Afghanistan
MI6 to blame for Taliban impostor, say Afghan officials
British intelligence officials taking the flak for introducing Taliban impostor to the Afghan government – and paying him $100,000.
# Afghanistan
Taliban 'leader' involved in peace talks was impostor, officials claim
Man leading Taliban side of peace talks was allegedly paid to participate and managed to meet with the Afghan President before being identified as a fake.
# Afghanistan
Children 'are safer' in Kabul than in western cities - Nato official
A Nato envoy has said that children are better off living in the Afghan capital than in London, Glasgow or New York…
# Afghanistan
Nato endorses plan to exit Afghanistan by 2014
Hamid Karzai has welcomed assurances that Afghanistan will be under domestic control in under a few years.
# Afghanistan
Taliban attack Nato base in Afghanistan
It is the second time in six months that Afghan and international forces in the area have been targeted.
# Afghanistan
Gorbachev: Nato victory in Afghanistan "impossible"
The former Soviet Union leader warns Nato that it won’t win in Afghanistan.
# Afghanistan
Helicopter crash makes 2010 worst year in Afghan War
Elections could help coalition forces determine how much longer they’ll keep troops in Afghanistan as death toll mounts.
# Afghan Elections
'Serious concerns' over fraud allegations in Afghan elections
Reports flood in of fake voting cards and widespread fraud in Afghan General Election.