Defeating Muammar Qaddafi may turn out to be the easy part for Libya’s rebels. Managing the aftermath will test the loose alliance of former exiles, Arab nationalists, Islamists and regime defectors who united to boot out the dictator.
The U.S. will ask China to help it enforce new sanctions against North Korea , targeting members of Kim Jong Il ’s regime and the front companies and foreign banks that help sustain the country’s weapons industry.
The U.S. is ruling out a power- sharing agreement in the Ivory Coast because the outcome of the November election was clear, State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley told reporters yesterday in Washington.
As the crowd swelled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Feb. 10, chanting for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign, President Barack Obama sat aboard Air Force One viewing a flat-screen television, reduced to learning whether Mubarak would go, just as the rest of the world did.
The Arab League said it’s weighing an offer by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to mediate in Libya’s civil conflict, as his ally Muammar Qaddafi struggles to break out of his Tripoli base and regain rebel-held parts of the country.
The U.S. is urging African nations to boost peacekeeping forces in Ivory Coast to prevent a slide into civil war and is considering financial sanctions against President Laurent Gbagbo , administration officials said.
Turkey, which has backed diplomacy over sanctions to contain Iran’s nuclear program, can help broker an accord as the host of talks between the Islamic republic and world powers, President Abdullah Gul said.