On the Radar: Bloodshed in Libya, Assange's extradition case, GM profits
People fleeing from violence in Libya carry luggage to a Tunisian border post this week.
February 24th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

On the Radar: Bloodshed in Libya, Assange's extradition case, GM profits

Turmoil in Libya - It's Day 10 of anti-government protests in Libya. There were bloody clashes Thursday between security forces and demonstrators in Zawiya, a town west of the capital, Tripoli. Seven people have died there, witnesses said. "Blood is all over the streets," a mother told CNN, saying her son had been shot. A witness said the violence began when people who support leader Moammar Gadhafi came into the city square and encountered those who are protesting his ouster.

Speaking by phone Thursday on state TV, Gadhafi blamed the country's violence on young people, who he said were taking drugs and being influenced by al Qaeda. Addressing the situation in Zawiya, he said, "We shouldn't leave (the town) without any control."

Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya for more than 40 years, gave no indication he is considering stepping down. The Pentagon is looking at military options to deal with the crisis in the oil-rich country. Meanwhile, oil prices are soaring, and there's fear al Qaeda could become a factor in the unrest.

U.S. citizens will have to wait until Friday to evacuate from Libya because bad weather is keeping a ferry from departing Tripoli. CNN iReports are flooding in from across North Africa and the Middle East, where protests have been happening since uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt toppled governments.

WikiLeaks founder can be extradited - A judge in London on Thursday ordered that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him in a sex crimes case. Assange's attorneys have a week to appeal the ruling.

Assange, an Australian, has said the case in Sweden is part of a "dirty tricks" campaign to smear him after WikiLeaks published troves of classified U.S. diplomatic and war documents. WikiLeaks is suffering financially. If WikiLeaks doesn't survive, new sites - including one launched by hackers - could take over where WikiLeaks left off.

There's always a WikiLeaks angle to other news. The Daily Beast's Philip Shenon says U.S. cables that WikiLeaks released suggesting corruption in Libya may have led to the uprising there. Need a WikiLeaks review? Check here.

Once troubled automaker bounces back - The auto giant is reporting its first annual profit since 2004. The company on Thursday said it made $4.7 billion in 2010, mostly from a rebound in sales in the United States and strong growth in China. The U.S. and Canadian governments financed GM's bankruptcy.

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  1. Maria "the poor"

    Very Sad. My Prayers for the Libya young and the poor. THEY HAVE TO FROZEN THE DICTATOR'S MONEY: THE BILLIONS: 40 YEARS OF ABUSE AND LUXURY ONLY FOR HIS FAMILY. THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA NEEDS JOBS, MONEY, CLUBS, BUFFETS, BUSINESS. The huge savings accounts of the Dictators Family is the money of the Country and his people. They said in Vzla that Chavez sent "Cubans pilots" to Libya to shooting the protesters. WHERE IS THE UNITED NATIONS DOING NOW? : SILLY DIPLOMATIC: rabbits! Please do something NOW! defend the young people from Libya.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. madamgeeky

    Does anyone REALLY believe that he can get a fair trial in Sweden after all that has gone on? Does anyone REALLY think that hostile comments by the Prime Minister and other politicians doesn't influence judges and juries?

    Anyone who believes that is in cloud cuckoo land.

    It is clearly now a political process, and he will be subjected to a political trial if he is extradited.

    FYI, all the Assange and Wikileaks videos have been collected here:

    February 24, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Huh. GM made billions in profits. Are they going to pay back some of the bailout money? or do they think that was a gift from the taxpayer's backs?

    February 24, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottilsh Mama

      I thought they paid that back last year?

      February 24, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Ya, GM already paid it back. Surprising, really, that they could so quickly. Did they really need it?

      February 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Veritas

    Gadafi says anyting that comes to mind. i smell desparation why wont he step down and stop the bloodshed? my prayers for libya a nation in chaos. may all the unrest end with a peaceful solution.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa

    My father is among the Americans, on the ferry, en route to Malta from Tripoli. So, I personally appreciate Pres. Obama's temperance in speach to this point.
    The egocentricity of Americans is staggering. Should "we" do something? Of Course. But, the "we" needs to be a collective force, in organized concert. Unilateral decisions only breed animosity.....enmity between our country and others is quite prolific enough, thank you.
    My father is a geologist/engineer for the oil business. This does not, however, qualify my belief in our overdependence on The Black Gold. So, playing the offensive with Ka-daffy by pulling back our interest in his stash, if only temporarily, may scare him enough to protect it, not destroy it in childish defiance.


    February 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOhn Lemandri


    February 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cyber Bullys INC.

    @banasy your comments are so stupid!!! Why do u even bother to post anything ? banasy+CNN blogs=retarded posts....!!!!! Go learn you (world) History before u post your stupid NONSENSE !!!!! PS- eat s**t its good for u !!!

    February 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newsome

      Girls,Girls relax.We all have opinionsThat is what makes America the greatest nation on the planet

      February 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pablo

    Banasy you are a real ashol why don't you fukk yourself you motherfukker and stop posting crap

    February 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carlos

    Melissa siento mucho lo de tu padre espero que este bien y lo puedas ver pronto saludos

    February 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carlos

    Hey pablo take it easy man

    February 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Field reporter / correspondent (the fake one)

    @banasy Hows it HANGIN ? girl – boy or whatever it is that you are ! "You belong in a Circus Freak – Side Show" !

    February 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Field reporter / correspondent (the real one)

    News flash.com This just in ; banasy will be appearing at a Circus Side-Show all across the county this spring Check your area for local listings... Barnum & Bailys Ringling Bros. Circus & Circus side-Freak Show........

    February 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lina

    AMERICA NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF OF THE LIME LIGHT AS IT PERTAINS TO THE FRICTION IN LIBYA AND REGIONS AROUND IT. America and Americans cannot afford to get involved in their wars. They have a set religious and cultural mentality that is not necessarily in line with the West. We can show empathy for the people but must not be cast as the motivation behind the scenes. The West was won by the people and now those choosing to fight for democracy around the world must find their way as well. It won't be easy but the job belongs to those who want the change. I would like to see President Obama help America get back on it's feet before involving "U.S." in another battle.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @banasy, I see you have the same troll that I've had for a some time. Your troll is my troll. It has multiple names: Mohamad, carlos, carlos from mex, Cesar, Pablo, and I don't know how many other names. I think this is just a lonely troll, that is incapable of having normal relationships in his life or on-line. Notice how pablo and carlos have a dialogue. It is the same person. Poor guy. This troll likes to disrupt a blogg and get a rise out of people. @troll: hi. You're funny. Hahahhahah

    February 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    Dear Troll: I regret to inform you that your CNN Blog previledges have been suspended for 3 hours.

    February 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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