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Well I'm still following the Libyan crisis as well as the disasters in Japan, but then I'm retired and so have the time. Latest from Al Jazeera:

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6:45am

The Reuters news agency reports that France was stepping up efforts on Monday to persuade world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi's troops battled rebel fighters for control of the strategic oil town of Brega.

France said it would consult other powers "in the coming hours" to try to set up such a zone to assure the protection of civilians "in the face of the terrible violence suffered by the Libyan population".

The Arab League's weekend call on the United Nations to impose such a zone satisfies one of three conditions set by NATO for it to police Libyan air space.

The others were proof that its help was needed, and a UN Security Council resolution.
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7:23am

Reports say that rebels have recaptured the oil town of Brega - they say 25 government soldiers were killed and 20 more captured.
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7:49am

Analysts say that by the time the international community agrees on a response to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's onslaught against a popular revolt, it could all be over.

No UN Security Council meeting has yet been scheduled, despite events racing in Libya.

"The international community is dragging its feet," Saad Djebbar, a London lawyer and expert on Libyan affairs, told the Reuters news agency.

"The diplomatic pace is very slow. There is an urgency to act quickly before those people are finished off by Gaddafi's forces."

"The international community has to act now - not only to protect Benghazi from an onslaught but because of what it means for the rest of the world if Gaddafi is allowed to remain the leader of Libya," said Geoff Porter, a US-based political risk consultant who specialises in North Africa.
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8:53am


The Associated Press reports that thousands of African and Asian migrant workers who are fleeing Libya after years of toil are going home with empty pockets and many vow never to return.

For the most vulnerable Asian and African migrant workers - those who didn't have the backing of their government or a foreign company or were in Libya illegally - the hasty departure marks the end of a bitter chapter in their lives.

Many Bangladeshis at the camp said they incurred debt to go to Libya, paying on average $5,000 to a local broker for the plane ticket and visa.

Now, some said, they don't know how to pay it back.
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10:24am

Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports from Benghazi that, "It is very hard to get a handle on what is actually going on but we understand that rebels have taken back Brega after fierce fighting over the last 48 hours.

"And there is fierce fighting 300kms outside Benghazi.

"This is a rumour capital, it is hard to understand what is really going on but we know that the interim council is very much looking to international community for help."
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10:30am

Hamed Al Hassi, a spokesperson of the Feb 17th revolution in Libya, told Al Jazeera how rebel forces attacked Gaddafi forces last evening.


“At 8:30 pm, the chief of operations on the front gave orders to siege and surround them (the pro Gaddafi forces).

"We took 20 people hostage and killed 25 people. We also captured and destroyed many of their weaponry and machinery.

"There are now small groups dispersed in the areas West of Brega.”
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10:33am

There are also reports of heavy shelling in Ajdabiya.
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10:37am

Reports say that today's air strikes on Ajdabiya hit part of a hospital and military camp.

No causalities have been reported. And local residents are refusing to leave the town.
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10:44am


Arish Saeed, a journalist from Brega told Al Jazeera that many families who fled Brega and nearby towns fearing the ongoing confrontations, are now living in makeshift tents in the desert in nearby areas.

Reports say that these tents are very primitive and that there is a lack of basic supplies, food, and medicine.
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10:59am


A Bangladeshi refugee walking between tents in the Choucha refugee camp near the Tunisia border town of Ras Jadir. Thousands have fled war-torn Libya for neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia.


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