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Egypt Tunisia
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Summary: Arab League chief comments on Tunisia crisis
Story No: 671988
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/15/2011 01:23 PM
People: Amr Moussa, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
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1. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa arriving at news conference

2. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary-General:

"It is an historical development of events. We are about to leave an era and start a new one in Tunisia, the first thought which strikes my mind now is to present our deepest condolences for families of the victims of the last few days of protests. We are deeply sorry for the loss of these people this way. Secondly, we have to look ahead and look to the future."

3. Mid of press conference

STORYLINE

The Arab League called on Saturday call for peace among all political forces in Tunisia, where a popular rebellion forced the President to flee the country on Friday for Saudi Arabia.

Unrest engulfed Tunisia on Saturday after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee after 23 years of iron-fisted rule.

A written statement by the League also urged Tunisians to work together to reach a national consensus in order to put an end to the current political crisis.

"It is an historical development of events," Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa told reporters on Saturday. "We are about to leave an era and start a new one in Tunisia."

Moussa expressed his condolences to the victims of the riots that engulfed the Mediterranean country.

The head of the Constitutional Court declared on Saturday that Ben Ali has left office for good, not temporarily, negating the prime minister's move to assume power.

The speaker of the lower house of parliament, Fouad Mebazaa, temporarily took the highest office and he has two months to organise new elections.

Anger over corruption and the lack of jobless ignited a month of protests, but Ben Ali's departure - a key demand of demonstrators - has not calmed the unrest.

In the last 24 hours, gunfire, looting and arson have erupted.

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People: Amr Moussa, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Organisations: Arab League
Locations: Cairo, Egypt
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Egypt Protest
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Summary: Doctors show video said to be of protester who set himself on fire
Story No: 672234
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/17/2011 04:14 PM
People: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak
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1. Video images said to be of man who set himself on fire, named as Abdou Abdel-Monaam Hamadah, as shown on screen at press conference held by doctors

2. Pan of press

3. Exterior Mounira Hospital

4. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Abdel Rahman Shahin, Egyptian Ministry of Health spokesman:

"The primary examination shows that the percentage of burns was 15 percent and after 3 or 4 hours and after giving him special medication, the percentage of burns was found to not exceed 5 percent."

5. Wide of Mounira Hospital

STORYLINE

An Egyptian man set himself on fire on Monday outside the country's parliament, security officials said, in an apparent protest emulating the self-immolation of an unemployed Tunisian man last month that helped trigger a popular uprising.

At the Mounira hospital in Cairo, doctors showed images of the man on a video screen, as he was being treated.

He suffered light burns, mostly to his face, neck and legs.

Egyptian security officials have identified the man as Abdou Abdel-Monaam Hamadah, a 48-year-old owner of a small restaurant from Qantara, an area close to the Suez Canal city of Ismailia east of Cairo.

They said Hamadah was protesting a government policy preventing restaurant owners from buying cheap subsidised bread to resell to their patrons.

A subsidised loaf of typical Egyptian flat bread sells for about 1 US cent, but sells for five times that much to restaurant owners.

Hamadah asked policemen guarding the parliament building to meet speaker Fathi Sorour, officials said.

When they refused, Hamadah stepped back, took out a bottle filled with petrol from his pocket, doused himself with the liquid and set himself alight.

The policemen and passing motorists rushed to him with fire extinguishers to put out the flames.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.

Hamadah's act follows that of Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old with a university degree, who set himself on fire after police confiscated the fruits and vegetables he was selling without a permit.

He later died in a hospital near Tunis, and his desperate act touched a nerve with educated, unemployed youths nationwide in Tunisia, and sparked the mass protests that toppled President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

It also follows a similar act in Algeria on Saturday. Algeria's Liberte daily said that a 37-year-old man set himself alight over the weekend in a village near the Tunisian border, and died hours later in the hospital.

News of the Tunisian uprising has dominated the Egyptian media over the past few days, with opposition and independent newspapers lauding the fall of Ben Ali and drawing parallels between his toppled regime and that of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled for nearly 30 years.

Egypt has posted impressive economic growth rates over the past few years, in part fuelled by a host of ambitious reforms.

The growth however has failed to filter down to many of the estimated 80 million Egyptians.

Nearly half of all Egyptians live under or just below the poverty line set by the U.N. at 2 US dollars a day.

Mubarak and his ruling National Democratic Party have been pledging to ensure that the fruits of economic reforms benefit more Egyptians.

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Subjects: Fires, Rebellions and uprisings, Accidents and disasters, General news, War and unrest
People: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak
Locations: Cairo, Egypt
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Middle East Egypt Reax
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Summary: Celebrations across the region, Hamas reax
Story No: 675420
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 02/11/2011 07:46 PM
People: Hosni Mubarak
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Beirut, Lebanon

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1. Various of people dancing and singing in celebration at news of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation

2. Two people praying, UPSOUND: fireworks

3. Egyptian flag flying, background of fireworks

4. Firecracker on the ground

5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Issam Allawi, Egyptian living in Beirut:

"We are very happy today that we were able to overcome the dictator Hosni Mubarak. And tomorrow, the next dictators throughout the entire Arab world."

6. Mid of riot police, barbed wire in foreground

7. Two people distributing sweets to drivers

Amman, Jordan

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8. Various of people celebrating, waving Egyptian flags and chanting

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Name not given, Vox pop:

"This day is one of the most beautiful days in the Arab life. Egypt is the heart of the Arab world. So the soul of the Arab world come back again. This is one of the most beautiful days in my life."

10. Wide of crowd chanting

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Name not given, Vox pop:

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"This is history in the making. The wind of change has come. Egypt, congratulations. Congratulations to the whole Arab world. We've done it!" ++APPLAUDS++

Gaza City, Gaza

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12. Wide overhead of city street, cars sounding horns

13. Various overhead shots of people celebrating on streets, blowing fire and dancing

14. Various of people celebrating in the streets

15. Various of people waving Egyptian flag on side of the road, cars driving past and beeping their horns

16. Pan of car driving past

17. Fireworks being let off

Gaza City, Gaza

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18. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri watching news on television

19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman:

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"The Resignation of President Hosni Mubarak is an announcement of the beginning of the victory of the Egyptian revolution, and we in the Hamas movement affirm our standing with it and support the demands of the Egyptian people. We congratulate the Egyptian people with these results which we consider as the victory of the will and steadfastness and sacrifices of the Egyptian people and it's the starting of a new era in Egypt."

Ramallah, West Bank

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20. Various of people gathered in the streets, chanting

21. Close of someone holding Egyptian flag

STORYLINE

Supporters of Egypt's pro-democracy movement exploded in elation around the world on Friday, as news broke that the country's unprecedented anti-government movement had succeeded in bringing down President Hosni Mubarak with a final momentous day of protests.

Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned on Friday and handed power to the military.

Moments after Vice President Suleiman, who appears to have lost his post as well in the military takeover, delivered the short announcement, fireworks broke out above the Lebanese capital.

Celebratory gunfire could be heard from Shiite dominated areas of the city and in the south of the country, according to reports.

Outside the Egyptian embassy in Beirut, dozens of Egyptians broke into song and dance in celebration.

A few people bowed their heads in prayer.

The protests have already echoed around the Middle East, with several of the region's autocratic rulers making pre-emptive gestures of democratic reform to avert their own protest movements.

The lesson many took: If it could happen in three weeks in Egypt, where Mubarak's lock on power had appeared unshakable, it could happen anywhere.

The United States at times seemed overwhelmed trying to keep up with the rapidly changing crisis, fumbling to juggle its advocacy of democracy and the right to protest, its loyalty to longtime ally Mubarak and its fears of Muslim fundamentalists gaining a foothold.

Neighbouring Israel watched with growing unease, worried that their 1979 peace treaty could be in danger.

It quickly demanded on Friday that post-Mubarak Egypt continue to adhere to it.

In Jordan, crowds flocked to the central streets of Amman, celebrating in sympathy with Egypt.

"The soul of the Arab world (has) come back again. This is one of the most beautiful days in my life," said one woman.

Fireworks were set off in Gaza City as many of the Arab population joined in the elated cheers.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas said that the group supported the aims of the Egyptian people.

"The Resignation of President Hosni Mubarak is an announcement of the beginning of the victory of the Egyptian revolution," he said.

"We congratulate the Egyptian people with these results which we consider as the victory of the will and steadfastness and sacrifices of the Egyptian people and it's the starting of a new era in Egypt," Zuhri added.

Hundreds more gathered in Ramallah, in the West Bank, waving Egyptian flags and cheering.

Mubarak, a former air force commander came to power after the 1981 assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat by Islamic radicals.

Throughout his rule, he showed a near obsession with stability, using rigged elections and a hated police force accused of widespread torture to ensure his control.

He resisted calls for reform even as public bitterness grew over corruption, deteriorating infrastructure and rampant poverty in a country where 40 percent live below or near the poverty line.

The protest movement that began on January 25, 2011 grew from small groups of youth activists organising on the Internet into a mass movement that tapped into the discontent to become the largest popular uprising in the Arab world.

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Subjects: Political resignations, Protests and demonstrations, Rebellions and uprisings, Government and politics, Political and civil unrest, General news, War and unrest
People: Hosni Mubarak
Organisations: Hamas
Locations: Egypt, Beirut, Jordan, Middle East, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Amman, Gaza, Egypt, North Africa, Africa, Lebanon, Palestinian territories
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Tunisia Night
Title:
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Summary: Police arrest people on streets of capital during curfew
Story No: 671939
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/15/2011 02:35 AM
People: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
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1. Wide of street group of people gathered, UPSOUND shouting

2. Emergency vehicle driving down street

3. People on street walking towards police car

4. Group of people running away, then some people being escorted away by police officers, UPSOUND shouting

5. Wide of people in street

6. More people being escorted away

7. Police in street arresting several people, one person being dragged along ground

8. Group of men walking down street

9. Police entering building

10. Wide of building with light going on in room

11. Various of police in room seen through window

12. Police leaving building

13. Wide of police walking down street

STORYLINE:

Several people were arrested during a curfew overnight in the Tunisian capital on Saturday, after the country's president was driven from power on Friday by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption.

Police were filmed detaining several people in the street during curfew in central Tunis.

The curfew was imposed on Friday as part of the state of emergency declared by President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali before his removal from power was announced.

The curfew was to be lifted at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Saturday.

The office of Saudi King Abdullah confirmed later on Friday that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family had landed in Saudi Arabia, after several hours of mystery over his whereabouts.

The ouster followed the country's largest protests in generations and weeks of escalating unrest, sparked by one man's suicide and fuelled by social media, cell phones and young people who have seen relatively little benefit from Tunisia's recent economic growth.

Thousands of demonstrators from all walks of life rejected Ben Ali's promises of change and mobbed Tunis to demand that he leave.

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Subjects: Arrests, Law and order, General news, Arrests, Crime
People: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
Locations: Tunisia, Tunisia
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Tunisia Clashes
Title:
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Summary: Tear gas fired at protesters outside Tunisian Interior Ministry
Story No: 671886
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/14/2011 02:41 PM
People: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
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1. Various large crowd chanting and shouting

2. Demonstrators facing riot police, tear gas being fired

3. Wide shot demonstrators throwing missiles and jeering at police

4. Mid shot police firing tear gas

5. Demonstrator on the ground being beaten with batons by police

6. Pull out to wide shot of police firing tear gas

7. Demonstrators amid tear gas smoke

8. Wide shot police in street with tear gas

9. Plain-clothed police firing tear gas

10. Bus coming up street amid clashes

11. Wide shot police firing tear gas, zoom in

12. Various police running in street, amid tear gas firing

STORYLINE

Tunisian police have fired tear gas at protesters in the capital of Tunis on Friday after they climbed on top of the roof of the Interior Ministry.

Thousands of demonstrators marched through the capital of the north African country to demand the resignation of the country's autocratic leader, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Demonstrators shouted: "Ben Ali, out!" and "Ben Ali, assassin!"

Pent-up anger at unemployment and at a leadership many see as controlling and corrupt has exploded into protests and clashes with police over the past few weeks.

The official death toll in the riots is 23, but opposition leaders put the figure at three times that number.

Thousands of tourists are being evacuated from the North African nation due to the unrest.

Tunisia's ambassador to UNESCO, the UN's cultural and educational agency, has resigned amid the riots.

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Subjects: Protests and demonstrations, Political and civil unrest, General news
People: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Locations: Tunisia, Tunisia
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Libya Gadhafi Body
Title:
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Summary: Libyans line up to view body of Gadhafi
Story No: 711073
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 10/21/2011 09:05 PM
People: Muammar Gaddafi
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Moammar Gadhafi's blood-streaked body was stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping centre in Misrata on Friday as Libyans waited in line outside for a chance to see him, and authorities tried to decide where to bury the long-time dictator.

The makeshift provisions for the corpse reflected the disorganisation and confusion that has surrounded Gadhafi's death. Accounts of how he died after being captured by revolutionary fighters remained contradictory, and the top U.N. rights official raised concerns he was shot to death in custody.

His burial had been planned for Friday, in accordance with Islamic traditions calling for quick interment. But the interim government delayed it, saying the circumstances of his death still had to be determined.

Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam also said authorities were "debating right now what the best place is to bury him."

The body, stripped to the waist and wearing beige trousers, was laid on a bloodied mattress on the floor of an emptied-out room-sized freezer where restaurants and stores in the centre normally keep perishables.

A bullet hole was visible on the left side of his head - with the bullet still lodged in his head, according to the presiding doctor - and in the centre of his chest and stomach.

His hair was matted and dried blood streaks his arms and head.

Outside the shopping centre, residents waited in line for their chance enter the freezer and have their picture taken with Gadhafi's body. Different visiting hours have been set for women and children and for men.

Bashir Ali, a commander from the Misrata military operations room, said the burial would be in a secret location to avoid revenge attacks.

The 69-year-old Gadhafi was captured wounded but alive, and there have been contradictory accounts of how and when he received his fatal wounds.

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1. Wide shot exterior Centre for African Trade

2. Mid shot new Libyan flag and sign

3. National Transitional Council soldiers guarding entrance as people arrive to see body of Gadhafi

4. Mid shot people lining up to see Gadhafi's body

5. Wide shot journalists and onlookers around Gadhafi's body

6. Various of Gadhafi's body

7. Mid shot crowd outside building

8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed Fedal, Misrata resident:

"God is great. This is a great happiness for all the Libyan people. He is the biggest killer, the like of which the world has never seen. More than Stalin, Genghis Khan, more than the Holocaust, more than Hitler. God is great."

9. Mid shot crowd in front of building

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People: Muammar Gaddafi
Locations: Libya, North Africa, Africa
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Syria Demo
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Summary: 4:3 Pro-government demo outside mosque after Friday prayers
Story No: 681330
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 03/25/2011 02:26 PM
People: Bashar Assad
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1. Wide of Northern minaret of the Umayyad Mosque, tilt down to people walking around inside the walls

2. Mid of the Dome of the Treasury at the Umayyad Mosque

3. Wide of Northern minaret; tilt down to people walking around outside the mosque entrance

4. Mid of people walking into mosque for Friday prayers

5. Various mid shots of demonstrators outside mosque after Friday prayers, waving flags and chanting slogans, UPSOUND: (Arabic) "Only God, Syria and Bashar" and "We sacrifice our souls and blood to you, Bashar"

6. Poster of President Bashar al-Assad in military uniform, pull out to crowd of his supporters chanting

7. Crowds chanting carrying Syrian flags with photo of al-Assad superimposed

8. Crowd on the move

9. Man balanced on balcony waving flag pull out to crowd chanting

10. Varius of pro-government supporters gathered outside and in compound of Umayyad Mosque, chanting, waving flags

STORYLINE

Hundreds of pro-government supporters gathered after Friday prayers outside the Umayyad Mosque in Syria's capital Damascus, shouting "Only God, Syria and Bashar."

The demonstration of support for President Bashar al-Assad was in response to anti-government protests this week, when thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding reforms.

Rattled by the unrest, the Syrian government on Thursday pledged to consider lifting some of its repressive laws in an attempt to stop the weeklong uprising from spreading and threatening its nearly 50-year rule.

Al-Assad, a close ally of Iran and its regional proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas, has promised increased freedoms for discontented citizens and increased pay and benefits for state workers - a familiar package of incentives offered by other nervous Arab regimes in recent weeks.

Presidential adviser Buthaina Shaaban also said the Baath party would look at ending a state of emergency that it put in place after taking power in 1963.

The emergency laws allow people to be arrested without warrants and imprisoned without trial.

Human rights groups say violations of other basic liberties are rife in Syria, and claim torture and abuse are common in police stations, detention centres and prisons, and that dissenters are regularly imprisoned for years without due process.

The death toll from the weeklong crackdown was unclear and could not be independently confirmed. Shaaban said 34 people had been killed in the conflict, but protesters and human rights organisations claim the number is higher.

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Subjects: Protests and demonstrations, Prayer, Human rights and civil liberties, Government and politics, Political and civil unrest, General news, Religion, Social affairs, Social issues
People: Bashar Assad
Locations: Damascus, Syria
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Libya Zawiyah
Title:
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Summary: Gadhafi supporters celebrate claimed recapture of Al-Zawiyah
Story No: 679139
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 03/11/2011 05:17 PM
People:
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1. Pro-Gadhafi supporters demonstrating, holding large poster of the Libyan leader, waving green flags

2. Various of pro-Gadhafi supporters demonstrating holding pictures of Gadhafi and waving flags

3. Pro-Gadhafi supporters demonstrating, child being held up in the air

4. Pro-Gadhafi supporters demonstrating, holding banners and flags

5. Pan of protesters

6. Mid of protesters

STORYLINE

Journalists were taken on an official government tour to visit Zawiya, a city on Tripoli's doorstep that Gadhafi's regime claimed it recaptured on Wednesday after a six-day siege.

Gadhafi loyalists could be seen celebrating on the streets, holding Gadhafi banners and waving green flags.

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Qaid said on Thursday that Zawiya had been recaptured at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

However, the extent of government control was not known in the city.

Zawiyah has been the focus of some of the fiercest battles in the last few days, with both sides claiming victory during breaks in the fighting.

Supporters demonstrating on Friday claimed the city had fallen into Gadhafi loyalists' hands.

Their claim could not be immediately verified.

If Zawiyah, on Tripoli's doorstep, is ultimately retaken, the contours of a stalemate would emerge - with Libya divided between a largely loyalist west and a rebel east.

The city is home to around 200-thousand people and is located just 30 miles (50 kilometres) west of Tripoli.

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Subjects: Municipal governments, Local governments, Government and politics
Locations: Az Zāwiyah, Palestinian Territories
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Libya Rebels
Title:
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Summary: Interview with two commanders of Libyan rebel forces
Story No: 680292
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 03/18/2011 09:17 PM
People: Muammar Gaddafi, Barack Obama
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1. Various of news conference with General Abdul Fatah Yunis, a Libyan rebel commander

2. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic with English translation) General Abdul Fatah Yunis, rebel military commander:

"It is not a matter of winning and and losing. This is not roulette. I serve the Libyan people and when I found that the Libyan people were in need of my services I went with the Libyan people."

3. Wide of media and rebel commanders

4. Wide of news conference with rebel military high commander Khalifa Heftar

5. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Khalifa Heftar, rebel military high commander:

"The difference between us is that we can fly as well but we don't have a maximum capacity for air strikes. Airstrikes are not a consideration for us. The important thing is to stop Gadhafi's planes from striking the rebels."

6. Heftar leaves news conference to cheers

STORYLINE:

Two rebel leaders spoke on Friday in the town of Benghazi, as preparations continued to put in place a UN backed no-fly zone over Libya.

General Abdul Fatah Yunis, a rebel military commander, said that it was not a "matter of winning or losing" because he was there to "serve the Libyan people".

Another rebel leader, Khalifa Heftar, emphasised the importance of a no-fly zone for the rebels, saying that it was important "to stop Gadhafi's planes from striking the rebels."

Earlier on Friday Moammar Gadhafi's government declared a cease-fire against the rebel uprising, which has in recent days faltered in the face of attacks by his artillery, tanks and warplanes.

The opposition said shells rained down well after the announcement and accused the Libyan leader of lying.

Wary of the cease-fire, Britain and France took the lead in plans to enforce the no-fly zone, sending British warplanes to the Mediterranean and announcing a crisis summit in Paris with the U.N. and Arab allies.

In Washington, President Barack Obama ruled out the use of American ground troops but warned that the U.S., which has an array of naval and air forces in the region, would join in military action.

NATO surveillance AWACS planes flying off the Libyan coast are already providing 24-hour coverage of the situation in the air and on the battlefields .

The North Atlantic Council, NATO's top decision-making body, decided on Friday to speed up planning and will meet again in the next few days when plans are complete, an alliance spokeswoman said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the situation.

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Subjects: Rebellions and uprisings, War and unrest, Military leadership, General news, Military and defense, Government and politics
People: Muammar Gaddafi, Barack Obama
Organisations: Fatah, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Locations: Benghazi, Libya
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Libya Fighters
Title:
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Summary: Misrata and Benghazi fighters reunited, body of frm defence min
Story No: 710850
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 10/20/2011 05:10 PM
People: Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
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1. Zoom in on National Transitional Council fighters from Benghazi Brigade linking up with fellow soldiers from Misrata Brigade

2. Various of fighters greeting each other

3. Fighters cheering

4. Tilt down of people celebrating, to what is claimed to be the body of Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr, former Libyan Defence Minister

5. Tilt down to body

6. Fighters gathering at nearby house

7. Close up of army dog tag with the name Khamis Gadhafi, reportedly found on Muatassim Gadhafi

8. Various of fighters outside house

STORYLINE:

National Transitional Council fighters celebrated the death of Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday, after his hometown of Sirte was finally captured.

Fighters from the Misrata and Benghazi Brigades have been besieging the city from different angles for weeks. They were finally able to link up on Thursday after the last pockets of defence in the city were overwhelmed.

The 69-year-old Gadhafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East,

demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy.

Initial reports from fighters said Gadhafi had been barricaded in with his heavily armed loyalists in the last few buildings they held

in his Mediterranean coastal hometown of Sirte, furiously battling with revolutionary fighters closing in on them on Thursday.

At one point, a convoy tried to flee the area and was blasted by NATO airstrikes, but Jibril specified Gadhafi was not killed by the

strike. Most accounts agreed Gadhafi was shot to death by fighters.

The Libyan information minister said that Gadhafi's son Muatassim was killed in Sirte on Thursday. An army dog tag with the name of Khamis Gadhafi was reportedly found on Muatassim, fighters said.

Reports from revolutionary fighters late on Thursday claimed that another of Gadhafi's sons, Seif al-Islam had been captured wounded.

Former Libyan Defence Minister Abu-Bakr Yunis Jabr, was also reported killed. NTC fighters chanted jubilantly as they stood over what was claimed to be his body.

Sirte's fall caps weeks of heavy, street-by-street fighting as revolutionary fighters besieged the city.

Despite the fall of Tripoli on August 21, Gadhafi loyalists mounted fierce resistance in several areas, including Sirte, preventing Libya's new leaders from declaring full victory in the eight-month civil war.

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People: Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Locations: Surt, Libya
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