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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  1. H.Bell

    hands behind your heads... .or my helicopter will shoot... .

    February 21, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      Libya must have learned how to attack unarmed civilians from helicopters through Israel.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • KDE

      Actually it was British SAS-training in 2009... look it up.

      February 21, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • gozitano2007

      two libyan jet fighters just defected and landed in malta. i guess the end is near for the libyan leaded and his gang

      February 21, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. На Данката баджанака

    [Updated: 6:49 p.m. Monday, Libya; 1:49 a.m. Monday ET]

    Since when Libya is 17 hours ahead of ET?:)

    February 21, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Friday prince

    The president of Libya and the Top goverment Official should do something possitive to stop further bloodshed in Libya and allow peace to reign in Libya.

    February 21, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Odiniya Friday prince

    Also I advise the people of Libya (protestant) not by vaiolence but to fast and pray so that GOD Will touch the hearth of thier president to honour thier protest.we all to join Libyans in prayer for peace in Libya.

    February 21, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Justina

    Libya needs religious freedom. Those few church buildings are only for foreigners in Islamic nations. Even N. Korea has one for a show.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Samer

      haha.. I'm muslim in Egypt, nearly all my friends are christians, I was raised in a christian school in Cairo. Churchs are there from christians in Egypt dear not for foreigners.
      stop that nonsense.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jonathan L. Gal

    Great article on the future of the growing biofuels industry! cle/7723718/us_biofuels_industry_consolidating.h tml?cat=3

    February 21, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. blah

    Well, wouldn't Egyptians going to Libya be considered foreign? I mean, they are from another country, so they are foreign to Libya. I don't think Justina was doing anything wrong, so YOU stop it, dear Samer.

    February 21, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. John doyle

    If it is 4:59 am MONDAY in Libya then it is 9:59 pm SUNDAY evening in New York, not Monday. If you can't tell time then how can we trust your reporters?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. KDE

    Wonder what side British SAS-trained Libyan soldiers have taken?

    February 21, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    If you think Unemployment in this country is really bad now,wait till this spring ,because of the Mideast uprisings and our stupidity of not expanding drilling for oil in this country when gas goes to 7 dollars a gallon all hell will break loose.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. gozitano2007

    two libyan jet fighters just defected and landed in malta. i guess the end is near for the libyan leaded and his gang

    February 21, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Carel

    Is this only something for the Arab world?
    What about Latin America and Cuba?

    February 21, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. aBitterTruth

    2nd March 2011, Former Tunisian ruler Ali & former Egyptian ruler Mubarak has welcomed Libyan ruler Gaddafi to the “X-Dictator’s Club” .
    11th March 2011, United States Government has issued highest level of security threat.
    12th March 2011, United States President Obama has asked “X-Dictator’s Club” members for their help in strengthening Patriot Act.
    2nd April 2011, “X-Dictator’s Club” has posthumously awarded “Patriot Award” to former Iraqi ruler Mr. Saddam Husain.
    5th April 2011, former Bahrainian, Jordanian & Moroccan king has requested “X-Dictator’s Club” members to rename it to “X-King’s Club” . Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh has requested “X-Dictator’s Club” members to wait on any decision to rename the Club as he might join the club soon and any decision should be taken after following the democratic process. Iranian president Ahmadinejad will be the observer to the 11th April voting process .
    7th April, “X-Dictator’s Club” has invited former Pakistani ruler Pervez Musharraf to join the club which he refused. He told he still have chance to become president.
    23rd April, As a result of Pakistani revolution, ousted president Asif Ali Zardari has asked Facebook users to recommend the new name for the club.

    February 21, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. John doyle

    February 21st, 2011
    12:07 AM ET
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    [Updated: 3:17 a.m. Tuesday, Libya; 10:17 a.m. Monday ET


    Look, lets get back to basics:

    1. World is a sphere, more or less,

    2. It spins.

    3. It is 7 hours difference between NYC and Libya,

    4. It is later in the day in Libya than in NYC

    5. So take NYC time and add 7 hours to it,

    6. If you go past midnight in the process then change the day for Libya to the next day.

    Maybe in Atlanta it is a different planet rotating the other way?

    February 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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