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2011-03-20 09:36:49
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British forces fire missiles at Gaddafi

David Cameron ordered British forces into action against Libya in “Operation Ellamy” after world leaders united to tell the dictator the “time for action” had come. Blasts were heard east of Tripoli late on Saturday night. The Tomahawk missiles were launched from a Trafalgar class submarine off Libya. British Tornado jets were poised to join the multinational operation which is expected to see much of Gaddafi’s armed forces destroyed in an effort to stop his assault on rebel strongholds. Outside Downing Street, Mr Cameron said British forces were in action over Libya.

“What we are doing is necessary, it is legal and it is right,” he said. “I believe we should not stand aside while this dictator murders his own people. “Tonight our thoughts should be with those in our armed services who are putting their lives at risk to save the lives of others. They are the bravest of the brave.” French combat jets were the first to attack on Saturday as they destroyed four tanks at 4.45pm — hours after 19 world leaders gathered in Paris to agree multinational action. The Libyan dictator tried to wrong-foot the international community by declaring a ceasefire, even though his forces kept up an onslaught on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

In Paris Mr Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, led a summit that agreed to “all necessary action” in a move backed by the United States, a series of European countries and, crucially, Arab nations.

Gaddafi was told to quit as:
• Libyan rebels said they feared any action was too late to stop atrocities as Gaddafi appeared to be moving human shields into airports and barracks and warned the world: “You will regret it if you dare to intervene in our country.”
• Up to 16 RAF Tornado ground attack planes were prepared to scramble from RAF Marham to destroy Libya’s air defence system while eight Typhoons are set to patrol over Libya
• After returning from Paris, Mr Cameron held a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee with senior ministers and the Chief of the Defence Staff
• American forces launched Tomahawk missiles from warships in the Mediterranean
• Planes from Canada, Denmark and Spain arrived at bases near Libya and more air power was expected
• Russia broke international consensus to say it “regretted” action against Gaddafi
• The Libyan dictator’s forces shelled rebel positions, leading to civilians beginning to flee Benghazi
• A Libyan jet whose pilot defected to the rebels crashed in Benghazi after being shot down by its own side.

Speaking after the meeting at the Elysée Palace, Mr Cameron said Col Gaddafi had “lied” to the international community, violated his own “ceasefire” and now faced “urgent” action. Sources said Britain, France and the United States had assumed the “leadership” of the coalition in early talks between the Prime Minister, Mr Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state. The “extremely purposeful conclusion” of the early talks was endorsed by the full meeting, where speakers included Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations secretary general. Sources said Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, “supported” action against Libya despite abstaining in last week’s UN Security Council vote. The summit was also attended by Amr Moussa, the Arab League secretary general, and representatives of Arab states including Qatar, the UAE, Iraq, Jordan and Morocco. Qatar and the UAE are expected to join the military effort. Canadian F-18 combat jets landed at Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire to refuel before heading to northern Sicily while six Danish F-16s jet arrived at the island ready for operations later today.


Arrest warrants of Pervez Musharraf delivered to British home deptt

FIA has told Anti Terrorism Court arrest warrants of former president Pervez Musharraf in Benazir assassination case have been handed over to British home department through foreign office. This was told by FIA chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar and special prosecutor by Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry to the court here Saturday.

They told that Pakistan high commission in London had provided permanent address of former president Pervez Musharraf in London and warrants had been sent on this address. If former president flee from this home to some other place then the court is authorized to declare him proclaimed offender and initiate proceedings against him under section 87 of criminal procedure, they said.

The court was informed from former CPO Rawalpindi, Saud Aziz and former SP Rawal town Khurram Shahzad that bail applications had been filed at principal seat of Lahore High Court by them. The Anti Terrorism Court has fixed next hearing of this case on March, 26.


British consumer confidence plunges to new lows

There appears to be no sunshine at the end of a dreary winter in Britain. Consumer confidence in the UK plunged to a record low in February, even as the economy shrinks and inflation soars. The Nationwide Consumer Confidence index, brought out by the Nationwide Building Society (NBS), the UK's third-largest mortgage and savings provider, fell to 38 - a 10-point dip over the index for January - and the lowest since the survey began in 2004.

The fall was driven by a sharp deterioration in the 'expectations index' - the gauge that shows consumers' assessment of the economic and employment situation in six months' time. The survey that indicated growing pessimism towards spending forced the 'spending index' down to 52 points in February - its lowest level since the survey began. "Consumer confidence continued to deteriorate in February and has now reached its lowest level in the survey's history, superseding the previous low seen during the recession," said Robert Gardner, Nationwide's chief economist. "A fall in expectations towards the future was the main factor driving the Index down, and consumers' assessments of the present situation deteriorated slightly from already depressed levels."

According to Gardner, there are many factors that may be holding back confidence at the moment. "The labour market remains fragile, with the unemployment rate still high and wage growth weak. Inflation is showing few signs of easing, and high fuel prices and the VAT increase have further eroded disposable incomes in recent months."

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