February 22nd, 2011
09:24 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Evacuating Americans from Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

There's breaking news out of Libya. The U.S. government has just announced they are chartering a ferry out of Tripoli to evacuate Americans to Malta. U.S. citizens should bring valid travel documents and arrive at the As-shahab Port between 9 and 10 a.m. local time. The U.S. State Department says U.S. citizens will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with a severe medical condition or emergency. The ferry will leave no later than 3 p.m. We'll have the latest on this evacuation effort tonight on 360°.

A defiant Moammar Gadhafi appeared on live state-run television today, blaming the unrest on "rats" who are "agents" of foreign intelligence services. The Libyan leader vowed to die "a martyr."

Libya's interior minister, who resigned today and is supporting the uprising, called Gadhafi "a stubborn man." The ex-Libyan official said Gadhafi will either commit suicide or get himself killed.

We'll talk about today's developments with CNN's Ben Wedeman. He's in eastern Libya where opposition leaders appear to be in firm control. We'll also get insight from CNN's Fareed Zakaria and Jill Dougherty.

You'll also hear from a protester in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. Gadhafi no longer controls the city, but there's concern he make a bloody attempt to take it back.

We'll also have an update on the deadly earthquake in New Zealand. At least 75 people have been killed in Christchurch after Monday's 6.3 magnitude quake. There's fear tonight the death toll will rise with people trapped in the rubble. You'll hear from a survivor who recorded some remarkable video of the damage.

There's also the story of the four Americans who were killed by pirates after their yacht was hijacked off the coast of Oman. The U.S. Navy had been following the yacht and boarded it after hearing gunfire. Two pirates were killed in a scuffle, 15 others were detained. A former FBI agent talks with Anderson about terror at sea and what goes on when negotiating with pirates.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Leslie

    OT: Did anyone besides me notice that the page of that "green book" looked blank when the light hit them? LOL

    February 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  2. usama

    do not count on commercial planes, today and yesterday it was a challenge just to reach the gates of the airport.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Hope Gadhafi steps down without launching an attack to take back any areas. There has been enough bloodshed. If he really loves his country as he says he does (I think he just loves power) then stepping down is the way to go.

    The New Zealand quake is just terrible. I have a good friend that lives there and I have not been able to find out about her and her safety yet. She lives in Redwood just north of Christchurch – near enough to be in the worst tremors. I would love to know how her community fared.

    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm |