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Libya's opposition says it would consider ceasefire: April 1 Mideast update

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(Read caption) A Libyan rebel shells pro-Qaddafi forces with mortar fire, along the front line outside the eastern town of Brega, Libya, Thursday, March 31.

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Another day of protests kicked off in Syria after Friday prayers, despite more than 100 deaths so far from the government crackdown on demonstrations. Protesters seem unconvinced that government officials are serious about reform, despite hints of change.


Libya's opposition government said that it would accept a cease-fire with Qaddafi's forces if Qaddafi pulls his troops out of all Libyan cities and allows Libyans to demonstrate peacefully. However, the end goal remains Qaddafi's removal from power, said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the interim government.

Unnamed sources reported that a Libyan government aide met with British officials while in Britain visiting family. He was told Qaddafi must step down, the Associated Press reported.


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