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Sep 5, 2011, 11:34 p.m.

Libyan army convoy in Niger may be Gaddafi deal

TRIPOLI/AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) - Scores of Libyan army vehicles have crossed the desert frontier into Niger in what may be a dramatic, secretly negotiated bid by Muammar Gaddafi to seek refuge in a friendly African state, military sources from France and Niger told Reuters on Tuesday. Several hours later, Al Jazeera television reported that rebels had struck a deal with delegates from the Gaddafi holdout town of Bani Walid, 150 km (90 miles) south of Tripoli, to enter it without fighting later on Tuesday.

Red Cross visits Syrian jail, raids near Turkey

AMMAN/GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria has opened its main prison in Damascus to the Red Cross, the organization said, a move that could help reveal the fate of some of the thousands detained since the start of a five-month uprising. The announcement came on Monday as forces and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 10 civilians across Syria on Monday in assaults to end pro-democracy protests and to stop refugees fleeing the bloodshed from crossing to Turkey, activists and residents said.

Scuffles disrupt Mubarak trial as police testify

CAIRO (Reuters) - Police officers testifying at the trial of Hosni Mubarak said on Monday they were not aware of orders to shoot at protesters, as scuffles erupted inside and outside the courtroom between supporters and opponents of the ousted Egyptian president. Mubarak, 83, is charged with conspiring to kill protesters and "inciting" some officers to use live ammunition, in the first trial of an Arab leader in person since street unrest erupted across the Middle East early this year.

Man straps suspected bomb to himself outside Sydney court:report

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man strapped what appeared to be a bomb to himself outside a Sydney court building Tuesday and was holding a young girl, believed to be his daughter, Australian media reports said. TV networks showed police had blocked a main street outside what they identified as a Family Court building in the west of the city, with a fire truck also parked outside.

Israel vows "tolerance" for Palestinian protests

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A senior officer said Monday that Israeli soldiers would show "much more tolerance" toward Palestinian demonstrations than in the past thanks to riot-control training and new equipment designed to reduce injuries and deaths. Israel is wary of large-scale protests by Palestinians as their leaders sidestep stalled peace talks by appealing for United Nations statehood recognition this month.

Australian PM would face electoral wipeout: survey

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's sinking popularity has plumbed new depths and her Labor Party faces electoral oblivion, an opinion poll revealed on Tuesday, a week after she suffered a major setback on immigration policy. Gillard, in the top job for barely a year, has been under siege from the conservative opposition over her plans for new taxes and for dealing with asylum seekers. She is now fending off media speculation of an eventual leadership challenge.

Libyans say China, Europe sent arms to Gaddafi

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