Libya updates: U.S. keeping tabs on Libya
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February 21st, 2011
12:07 AM ET

Libya updates: U.S. keeping tabs on Libya

[Updated: 3:17 a.m. Tuesday, Libya; 10:17 a.m. Monday ET]: U.S. authorities were keeping a close watch on Libya's rapidly unfolding political crisis Monday in part to see what possibilities might exist for meaningful reform, a senior Obama administration official said.

[Updated: 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Libya; 7:30 a.m. Monday ET]: Britain is summoning the Libyan ambassador to London to the Foreign Office "to convey in the strongest terms our absolute condemnation of the use of lethal force against demonstrators," the British Foreign Office said in a statement Monday.

[Updated: 11:58 p.m. Monday, Libya; 6:58 a.m. Monday ET]: The Libyan ambassador to India has resigned in light of recent events in his country, a source in the Indian government said Monday.

[Updated: 9:59 p.m. Monday, Libya; 4:59 a.m. Monday ET]: BP is preparing to evacuate families and non-essential staff from Libya, according to the company's press office in London. BP said no operations have been impacted yet, but preparations for onshore drilling in Ghadames are being suspended.

[Updated: 9:51 p.m. Monday, Libya; 4:51 a.m. Monday ET]: Protesters in the Libyan capital of Tripoli have ransacked the headquarters of Libyan state television and set fire to at least one government building in the capital, according to multiple media reports quoting witnesses. CNN has not independently confirmed the information.

[Updated: 9:20 p.m. Monday, Libya; 4:20 a.m. Monday ET]: The European Union said the responsibility lies with member states to decide whether to evacuate their citizens from Libya, though the EU has the mechanism to support such evacuations.

[Updated: 8:10 p.m. Monday, Libya; 3:10 a.m. Monday ET]: Sporadic gunfire continued to ring out early Monday in parts of the North African nation.

[Updated: 8:01 p.m. Monday, Libya; 3:01 a.m. Monday ET]: The estimated death toll from four days of protests across Libya has reached at least 233, according to a statement Sunday from Human Rights Watch. The group cited information from hospital sources.

[Updated: 6:49 p.m. Monday, Libya; 1:49 a.m. Monday ET]: Hundreds of Libyans stormed a South Korean-operated construction site near the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, wounding 17 and causing a stand-off between police and rioters, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.

[Updated: 6:41 p.m. Monday, Libya; 1:41 a.m. Monday ET]: Hundreds of Libyans stormed a South Korean-operated construction site near Tripoli.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. banasy

    #18 & #19: W*T*F?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KENN

    Gadhafi is going now,he must go his time is over.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KENN

    Gadhafi thinks he owns Libya and he only can be the president.His friend in Zimbabwe thinks the same.Be warned Gadhafi resign and tell your friend to do the same.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kim

    Another fanatic dictator imposing there will and forcing there belief on way too many people for way too long after 42 years of his tyrannic rule I guess the people are tired of the crap. These old dictators need too leave there time is up and over, they need to leave an get out!

    February 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |

    how can they kill women ad children with helocopters you ask? easy the just dont lead them as much..

    February 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in : banasy is a hermaphadite/ breaking news

    February 22, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. DictatorKilla

    If I was president of America, I would invade Libya Effective Immidiately and Set the people free.
    Wiping out the army to peanutz.

    February 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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