27 Feb '11, 1am

Gaddafi told to go as pressure mounts in Yemen, Bahrain

BENGHAZI, Libya - Muammar Gaddafi's grip on Libya slipped further Sunday after his former justice minister announced a transitional government and US President Barack Obama urged him to step down immediately. In Washington, Obama said Gaddafi needs to "leave now," having lost the legitimacy to rule, a White House statement said a day after the embattled Libyan leader offered to arm civilian supporters. The impending showdown in Libya came as elsewhere in a turbulent Middle East swept by a wave of popular unrest, powerful tribes abandoned Yemen's increasingly embattled ruler and Bahrain's king reshuffled his Cabinet. The escalating revolt against Gaddafi, which one of his diplomats to the United Nations said killed thousands, has emboldened tens of thousands of protesters across the Arab world to step up demands for historic reforms. After protests in Tunisia and Egypt forc...

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