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  • As Muammar Gadhafi digs in to hold onto power in Libya, his regime has attacked some of the very foreign journalists it has invited to Tripoli. As my colleague at The Cutline Michael Calderone reports:

    Gadhafi security forces beat members of a BBC news team and held mock executions during a harrowing 21-hour ordeal. The journalists from the BBC's Arabic language network were trying to reach the war-ravaged western city of Zawiya, roughly 30 miles from Tripoli. Correspondents Goktay Koraltan and Feras Killani described the kidnapping and having witnessed the torture of captured Libyans in a video below:

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  • U.S. seeks international consensus on Libya response


    The chief challenge ahead for U.S. policy makers in Libya might be best summed up by the late, great Warren Zevon: Send lawyers, guns, and money.

    Obama administration officials are trying to line up multilateral legal and diplomatic support behind their bid to launch a no-fly zone in order to curtail military action on the part of Muammer Gadhafi's brutal regime. At the same time, the Obama White House has made it clear that hasty unilateral action to remove Gadhafi would likely prove counterproductive, stressing the importance of rallying international consensus behind any proposed military intervention.

    "We believe it's important that this not be an American or a NATO or a European effort," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CBS News Wednesday. "It needs to be an international one."

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  • Welcome to The Envoy

    egyptfacepaintWelcome to the Envoy, Yahoo News' foreign affairs blog.

    As the recent popular protests in the Arab world have reminded us, sudden and unpredictable shifts can alter the course of global politics and history, making conventional wisdom and well-worn stereotypes obsolete overnight. And as we've seen in the recent furor over the diplomatic documents released by WikiLeaks, it's become increasingly difficult for the traditional power players on the global stage to control the flow of information--let alone force the world's key players and power dynamics into a single, seamless narrative.

    Here at the Envoy, we aim not only to tell the story of international affairs, but also to throw new light on the power players and storytellers--the political leaders who are seeking to forge new alliances and advance new narratives; the war-planners and intelligence operatives who are supplying the behind-the-scene information and artillery to project U.S. power abroad; the armies of private contractors

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