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By PBS NewsHour
Col. Moammar Qaddafi has been Libya's leader since 1969, when he took power in a bloodless coup, and he has maintained a complicated -- and ever-evolving -- relationship with neighboring nations and international bodies ever since.
Chad President Idriss Deby reemerged Wednesday to declare that his government was in total control of the country after a failed coup attempt last weekend.
Three main Darfur rebel factions boycotted peace talks with the Sudanese government over the weekend in Libya, throwing into doubt that any substantive progress would be made at the summit.
Bulgarian and European Union officials condemned the death sentences handed down Tuesday by a Libyan court to six foreign medical workers for intentionally infecting children with HIV.
The United States announced its intention Monday to normalize relations with Libya for the first time in 25 years and remove it from the list of countries designated as sponsors of terrorism.
President Bush cleared the way for U.S. companies to do business with Libya by easing Reagan-era economic sanctions Friday after the North African nation gave up its weapons of mass destruction programs last year.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that Libya's nuclear program was in its earliest stages and was years away from creating a nuclear weapon.
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair unexpectedly announced that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had admitted seeking unconventional weapons, but would join international treaties on nuclear, biological and chemical arms.
Moammar Gadhafi's government was implicated in two airliner bombings in the late 1980s.
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