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    Libya, the end

    Libya, the end

    Based on news reports and live coverage from SkyNews and others, it appears that Tripoli is about to fall to rebel forces.

    Whether it is hours or a day or two, it seems on the cusp.

    Updates:  Things seem to be moving fast.  Israel Matzav has video of celebrations in Tripoli, and there are various news reports that Qaddafi has fled to Algeria and one of his sons has been captured.

    But, be cautious of reports, a Fox News correspondent in Libya reports that Qaddafi just went on television and is calling on tribes to march on Tripoli.

    Al-Jazeera’s live television feed from Libya is here.


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    Libya: Col Gaddafi could flee to Venezuela or Cuba
    Colonel Gaddafi could flee to a country not signed up to the International Criminal Court, South African sources say.
    By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg, 22 Aug 2011

    “The Brother Leader is alive and remains in Libya, one senior government source said. But he added that plans are on the table to spirit him out of the country to allow breathing space for a peace process led by the National Transitional Council which has now claimed control of most of the capital Tripoli.

    Despite official denials, South Africa will play a key role in negotiations about Gaddafi’s fate. It is not only one of most influential countries in the African Union, but its President Jacob Zuma was appointed the AU’s chief mediator in the crisis and has visited Col Gaddafi twice since hostilities began in February.

    A South African air force plane remains on standby in Tunisia and, the source said, the South Africans are ready to seek safe passage for Gaddafi with the help of neighbouring countries Tunisia or Algeria if he decided to leave.

    “We are not going to walk away from this,” the source told The Daily Telegraph. “It’s larger than the question of Gaddafi the person. It’s a question of the unity of the Libyans and the maximum chance being created for that process to happen.”

    Mate Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s foreign minister, has rejected reports that South Africa itself might be a venue for Gaddafi in exile.

    Among the countries that are said to have expressed a willingness to receive Gaddafi are Venezuela, Cuba and Russia, another government source claimed.

    “Pretoria is playing a very delicate and useful role to ensure he leaves the country through a safe passage, avoid a bloodbath for Tripoli, and end up in a safe haven such as Russia, Venezuela or Cuba,” he said.

    A third source said that Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela was looking the most likely destination if Gaddafi were able to, and chose to, flee Libya. Hugo Chavez has condemned Nato operations in Libya as an attempt to seize control of the country’s vast oilfields.”

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