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# Conflict
Bodies of hundreds of Islamic State fighters kept in refrigerated containers in Libya
The corpses have been stored there for the past year awaiting a final decision on their fate.
# Libya
Evidence of mass murder after Gaddafi's death
A new Human Rights Watch report suggests opposition militias summarily executed at least 66 captured members of Gaddafi’s convoy in the late dictator’s hometown of Sirte.
# Libya
MSF, Amnesty accuse Libyan authorities of torture
Medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders is suspending its operations at Misrata detention centres over the claims.
# Review 2011
In pictures: The Arab Spring uprisings of 2011
Anti-government protests first broke out in Tunisia, before inspiring similar movements across the Middle East and bringing down leaders in Egypt and Libya.
# Gaddafi
Libya: official says Gaddafi was buried at dawn
He was buried with his son Muatassim and a top aide in a secret location, with a few relatives and officials in attendance.
# Libya
Autopsy reveals Gaddafi died by gunshot to head
Meanwhile, it is being reported that the former dictator’s body will be handed back to his extended family following a deal with Libya’s interim government.
# Libya
Gaddafi's body being kept in shopping centre freezer
The dictator’s remains have reportedly been hidden there to keep them safe from angry crowds. (Warning: extremely graphic image).
# Gaddafi
Watch: new video and details of moments after Gaddafi's capture emerge
Accounts differ on just how exactly Gaddafi died.
# Libya
Libya's interim authority pledges move to Tripoli next week
Pro-Gaddafi forces continue to hold out in three areas of the country as the interim National Transitional Council promises democracy within 20 months.
# Week in Photos
The week in photos
This is the week that was, in pictures.
# Libya
New round of NATO strikes hit the outskirts of Tripoli
After a lull in bombardment, the Libyan capital was shaken by clusters of airstrikes today as NATO stepped up its campaign of support for rebels seeking to push Gaddafi from power.
# Libya
International Criminal Court seeks arrest of Gaddafi over Libyan 'crimes against humanity'
Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has asked that judges order the arrest of Gaddafi, his son and his intelligence chief as rebels say they have made gains in the western city of Misrata.
# Libya
Rebels claim complete control of Misrata
Libyan rebels say they have taken full control of the strategic western port city of Misrata.
# Libya
Libyan rebels claim capture of Misrata airport
Libyan rebels claim to have made substantial gains against forces loyal to the country’s strongman Muammar Gaddafi, by capturing the airport in the city of Misrata.
# Libya
French navy denies that an aircraft carrier ignored distress calls from Libyan migrants
Sixty-one people died aboard a boat in the Mediterranean. Survivors claim they were ignored by a French navy ship. Meanwhile, heavy fighting continues in Tripoli, Misrata and Ajdabiya.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.
# Libya
Gaddafi shells Misrata amid chemical weapons fears
As the shelling of Misrata continues, fears grow that Col Gaddafi’s forces are preparing to use chemical weapons in their fight to defeat the rebels.
# Libya
Gaddafi offers truce and negotiations in Libya but no sign of stepping down
Appearing on state television, the Libyan leader was more conciliatory than usual but NATO’s airstrikes continued in the capital of Tripoli as pro-Gaddafi forces continued to shell the besieged city of Misrata.
# Libya
Tribes vow to fight on as government forces withdraw from Misrata
Tribes loyal to Muammar Gaddafi say they will trying to oust rebels from the city, as official forces pull back.
# Libya
Libyan battle 'heading toward a stalemate'
The US’ most senior army official made the comments even as he said that 30-40 per cent of pro-Gaddafi ground forces in Libya had been destroyed.
# Libya
Ireland to assist emergency evacuation of civilians from Misrata
As yet more civilian die at the hands of government forces in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says Ireland has “a responsibility to act”.
# Libya
Photojournalist and Oscar nominee Tim Hetherington killed in Libya
Three other photojournalists were injured, two seriously, in an attack in the besieged city of Misrata.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Wednesday
Anglo Irish Bank scrabble; insurance policy fine print; US air traffic controllers hit the headlines again; and the devastating power of tornadoes. It’s all in today’s Daily Fix.
# Libya
France and Italy to send military officials to advise Libyan rebels
Meanwhile, UN official warns Libyan authorities that their military actions will come under “intense scrutiny”
British military advisers heading to Libya
The advisers are reportedly travelling to the troubled north African state to help the country’s rebel forces.
Fears for thousands of civilians trapped in besieged Libyan city
An aid ship sent to rescue desperate civilians from the conflict-torn city of Misrata was forced to leave thousands of injured women and children behind yesterday – amongst heavy bombardment and sniper fire.
Ground invasion by the West in Libya ruled out once again
Rebel troops struggle to gain a foothold as the humanitarian crisis worsens. Aid has been approved for the capital Tripoli.
Government forces continue to pound Libyan city as US seeks refuge for Gaddafi
The Obama administration has begun seeking a country that might be willing to take Muammar Gaddafi as his forces continue to pound the rebel held city of Misrata.
Gaddafi 'using cluster bombs on his own people' in Libya
The accusation comes as NATO foreign ministers reached another stalemate over air support for Libyan rebels on Friday.
The 9 at 9: Saturday
Nine things you need to know before 9am: Gardaí make five arrests in relation to a massive drugs haul; good news for cash-strapped ESB customers; presidential elections in Nigeria; and Stephen Fry is prepared to go to prison.
Libya Allied forces to increase military operations in Libya
Britain and France have vowed to step up military pressure on Col Gaddafi and to send resources to rebels – while the United States has condemned “renewed atrocities” in Libya.
Gaddafi 'accepts African Union peace plan' for Libya
The ceasefire will now be put to Libyan opposition in Benghazi although it is not known if the agreement contains a provision for Muammar Gaddafi to step down.
# Libya
Two rescue teams evacuate hundreds of wounded from Libyan hospital (Slideshow)
A Turkish vessel has rescued 250 wounded from a hospital in the besieged city of Misrata – while Médecins San Frontieres evacuated a further 71 injured patients for treatment.
# Libya
Fighting focuses on strategic Libyan oil town
The see-saw desert battle for Libya continues – with rebels making modest gains with the help of international air strikes after skirmishes around the strategic oil town of Brega.
# Libya
Six civilians killed as Gaddafi forces pound city of Misrata
Six civilians have been killed today, as Gaddafi’s forces aimed an unrelenting campaign of shelling and sniper fire on the rebel-stronghold of Misrata.
# Libya
Libya's rebels close in on Gaddafi home town
If rebels can capture Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte, the path is clear to the capital of Tripoli – so a heavy battle is likely.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
Catch up on the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed earlier.
# Libya
Video: Gaddafi loyalists attack woman - and journalists - in Tripoli hotel
Loyalists to the Libyan leader try to stop a woman from complaining of a sexual assault – and then attack western media.
# Libya
Libyan rebels win back control over western oil town
Anti-Gaddafi forces recoup control of Ajdabiya – as well as capturing the coastal town of Brega, apparently without a fight.
# Libya
Gaddafi's air force 'destroyed': British commander
A senior British commander has said that allied airstrikes have defeated the Libyan air force.