Col. Muamar Ghadaffi continues to battle the rebels who have taken over Benghazi and most of the rest of eastern Libya. He offered to start talks with them, with the precondition that he and his family members would be guaranteed safe passage out of the country and that their assets would be preserved. The rebels refused his offer, and so the fighting goes on. The United States has reportedly asked the Saudis to arm the rebels with some of the latest high-tech weaponry that has been sold to them. Russia, however, is strongly against any military aid to the insurgency.
Just across the Mediterranean, Italy is experiencing yet another surge of refugees from North Africa, most of them Tunisians. More than a thousand migrants landed on the island of Lampedusa last night.
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