John Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya killed trying to evacuate the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during an attack by Islamist protesters, was a firsthand witness to Libya’s painful transition to democracy who became one of its casualties. He was 52.
The United Nations Security Council voted 15-0 to freeze the foreign assets of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and four aides and to bar them from traveling, in the broadest international effort to halt his regime’s attacks on protesters.
Muammar Qaddafi died from injuries sustained during clashes between soldiers loyal to the Libyan dictator and rebels about to capture him, the country’s envoy to the United Nations told the Security Council today.
The defection of Muammar Qaddafi ’s foreign minister shows his regime is disintegrating, said U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron , while the Obama administration called the departure “a significant blow.”
The United Nations Security Council dropped sanctions today on two Libyan oil companies and eased restrictions on four banks in a move to boost the nation’s recovery from the war that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said descriptions of the potential harm from secret diplomatic cables posted online by WikiLeaks.org are “significantly overwrought” and the disclosures will have a “fairly modest” impact on foreign policy.
Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann , a former foreign minister of Nicaragua’s socialist Sandinista government and one-time president of the United Nations General Assembly, has been named by Muammar Qaddafi ’s regime as Libya’s ambassador to the UN.
Libyan rebels called for a cease- fire as forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi drove them back for a third day after sandstorms and clouds hindered NATO air strikes and the U.S. said it would withdraw all warplanes.