Gaddafi weapons still a threat to African nations
UNITED NATIONS: Muammar Gaddafi’s arms stockpiles could remain a threat long after his death, as some are feared to have been sent to Darfur rebels, al Qaeda in North Africa and other militants. There is “very serious concern” that weapons, ranging from shoulder-fired missiles to machine guns and ammunition, may have passed into neighboring countries, UN envoy to Libya Ian Martin said. A report has spoken of truckloads of guns passing through Sudan’s Darfur en route to groups in the restive South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
13 killed in Libya-inspired protests in Syria
Nicosia: President Bashar al-Assad’s forces shot dead on Friday at least 13 anti-Assad protesters whose numbers were swelled by the killing of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, activists and residents said. Most of the killings were in the central city of Homs and in Hama to the north, scene of some of the largest military operations in a crackdown on the seven month uprising, they said. Inspired by the scenes of euphoria in Libya, Syrian protesters poured into the streets and shouted that President Assad’s regime will be the next to unravel now.
Gaddafi had “slightly eerie obsession” with me: Rice
Washington: Muammar Gaddafi had a “slightly eerie obsession” with ex-US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and referred to her as his “African Princess,” she writes in an excerpt from her memoirs published on Thursday. The late Libyan leader met Rice in Libya in September 2008, a historic meeting that signalled the once pariah state’s return to the diplomatic table after decades of isolation, The Telegraph reported. Rice said that she was warned ahead of the meeting to ignore the Libyan leader’s “crazy” behaviour.