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2011/8/23
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BBC News with Iain Purdon

Libyan rebels are still fighting troops loyal to Colonel Gaddafi for control of Tripoli. The rebels say they’ve taken over most of the capital, but facing stiff resistance in some areas. Matthew Price is in Tripoli

Tripoli today is a tale of two cities. In one jubilant opposition supporters believe they are finally witnessing the end of Colonel Gaddafi. Gunmen control the streets of their neighbourhoods. Pro-Gaddafi forces are nowhere to be seen. The other Tripoli is one of anxiety, of fear, of heavy weapons and explosions. The battle for this city is not over. From Colonel Gaddafi’s compound, smoke can be seen rising as the two sides fight for control there. And here around the hotel where foreign journalists have stayed ever since this uprising began, Gaddafi’s supporters control the streets. The premature celebrations of last night seem not to have been repeated during the day. Instead, many stay indoors wondering how long the fight for Tripoli will last.

Colonel Gaddafi’s whereabouts remain unknown. The head of the rebel national transitional council Mustafa Abdul Jalil says the real moment of victory will come when the Libyan leader is captured. From Benghazi, Paul Wood reports.

In the early hours of the morning, jubilant crowds in Benghazi celebrated the passing of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule with volumes of automatic fire. But later in the day, here in the birth place of the revolution, there was a more somber warning of the dangers posed by the victory unfolding in the capital. The leader of the national transitional council Mustafa Abdul Jalil said he was worried that there could be revenge attacks. If military commanders ignored him and carried out reprisals as he said, he would resign, a threat which gives a glimpse of the tensions with the movement now on the brink of forming a new government.

President Obama has praised the Libyan people for what he called their extraordinary sacrifice in defying the Gaddafi regime and fighting to overthrow it.

“Your courage and character are being unbreakable in the face of the tyrant. The ocean divides us, but we are joining in the basic human belong for freedom, for justice and dignity. Your revolution is your own and your sacrifice has been extraordinary. Now the Libya you deserve is within your reach. Going forward we’ll stay in close coordination with the TNC to support that outcome.”

The other reaction the UN secretary Ban Ki-moon warned that all United Nations members have a duty to comply with the international criminal court which has issued arrest warrants against Colonel Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and his intelligence chief.

The International Organization for Migration says it has sent a ship to Tripoli to evacuate migrants. It can carry 300 passengers and it’s expected to arrive on Tuesday.

World News from the BBC

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon says it’s troubling that President Assad of Syria has not carried out his word about halting military operations to crash anti-government protests. The Syrian President made the pledge in the phone conversation with Mr Ban last week. The UN Human rights Council is currently holding an emergency session on Syria that’s expected to order a full investigation into government violence against protestors.

New York prosecutors have asked judges to drop sexual assault charges made against the former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn. This follows a meeting between the district attorney and the hotel worker who made the allegations. Caroline Hepker is in New York.

The 62-year–old Mr Strauss-Kahn was accused of sexual encounter in a five-star hotel in Manhattan a few months ago. And in initial the case was thought to be extremely strong, but it later over the weeks seemed to fall apart as there were serious questions over the credibility of the woman over the alleged victim and the story that she gave to the prosecutors and also in later media appearances over the weeks about exactly what happened and when.

The United Nations says at least 600 people are now known to have died and 1,000 wounded in ethnic clashes in South Sudan. The violence erupted on Thursday in Jonglei state. There have been worries about the stability in South Sudan, which has been independent for just over one month.

The governor of Puerto Rico says hurricane Irene has brought high winds and torrential rain onto the Caribbean islands, cutting electricity to about 800,000 people. Forecasts say Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, is generating winds of 130km per hour as it approaches the north coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti which share of the island of Hispaniola. They say it could pick up strength.

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