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March 9th, 2011
09:16 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Proof the Libyan Regime is Targeting Civilians

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We have evidence that Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime is committing mass murder. For weeks now, Gadahfi and his followers have said they've been battling al Qaeda and not targeting civilians. Tonight we'll play video from a city under siege that shows otherwise.

Alex Crawford and her crew from Sky News recorded proof that the Libyan military is in fact taking aim at Libyans, and with deadly force. Crawford also joins Anderson to talk about what she witnessed.

You'll also hear from an opposition leader with a bounty of more than $575,000 on his head. He's the head of the National Transitional Council. The Gadhafi regime has labeled Mustafa Adbul-Jalil "an agent spy."

There's also renewed fighting in the eastern oil city of Ras Lanuf. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports that pro-Gadhafi forces appear to advancing on the city. He saw intense artillery and rocket bombardment on the western edge of Ras Lanuf this morning, for about 90 minutes. A doctor told Wedeman 25 wounded people came into his hospital in just 30 minutes.

We also have an eyewitness account of what's happening in the town of Misrata, east of Tripoli. Opposition forces say they still have control of the area. But there's been fierce fighting there in recent days.

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


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March 8th, 2011
09:05 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Will Gadhafi Resign?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The uprising in Libya has entered its fourth week. The question remains: Will Gadhafi resign? Libyan opposition leaders are denying they've been negotiating an exit strategy for the embattled Libyan leader and his family, despite reports to the contrary.

Members of the Libyan National Transitional Council say the talks never existed. According to the false reports, the opposition would not seek criminal charges against Gadhafi if he stepped down within three days.

Gadhafi's regime also denied a deal was in the works with the opposition.

The United States is still pushing Gadhafi to give up his reign and face prosecution.

"There is nothing preventing Mr. Gadhafi from leaving his tent, climbing in an airplane and leaving Libya so that his people can have a better tomorrow than they have today," U.S. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

"We are going to hold him accountable," he added.

But Gadhafi is showing no signs he will resign.

Gadhafi added to the confusion today when it took him seven hours to show up at a Tripoli hotel, where journalists had been holed up waiting his arrival.

When he finally got there he only spoke with French and Turkish journalists, and repeated his claim that the uprising is the work of al Qaeda.

We have found new video denouncing that claim. We'll play it for you tonight on 360.

We'll also give you a look inside the Gadhafi family. The Libyan leader has nine grown children. Perhaps the most well-known is Saif, his second oldest, who has been seen as a possible successor to his father. But there are many others wielding power in Libya. Tom Foreman lays out a family tree for you tonight.

In other news, there are new videos of Charlie Sheen creating a lot of buzz. In one, posted on TMZ.com, he's brandishing a machete on a rooftop. Then there are the incoherent ramblings on UStream.com, with each getting nearly a million views. Dr. Drew Pinsky says Sheen's very public meltdown is no joke. We'll talk with him tonight.

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


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March 7th, 2011
09:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New Airstrikes, Ground Fighting in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

As the U.S. considers military action in Libya, today Moammar Gadhafi's regime launched a new air assault in attempt to crush the uprising.

The Libyan Air Force bombed opposition-controlled positions near the eastern coastal town of Ras Lanuf. CNN's Ben Wedman and his crew saw the airstrikes after they were forced to leave a hotel amid fears of a government attack. Tonight he'll tell you about his brush again Gadhafi forces.

Closer to Tripoli, in the city of Bin Jawad, it seems Gadhafi's forces have made progress. There was heavy fighting in the city over the weekend, with at least five people killed Sunday, medical sources said.

Meanwhile, 150 pro-government troops moved into the city of Zawiya, west of Tripoli. The government insists its regained control the city, but when CNN arrived it appeared the opposition still had the upper hand.

CNN's Nic Robertson had to duck for cover today in the city when heavy-machine gunfire rang out. We'll show you that video tonight on 360.

As the fighting continues so do the lies. We're Keeping Them Honest.  See how Gadhafi's latest message doesn't match the facts.

We also have developments on the U.S. response to the uprising.

U.S., France and Britain, who are members of the U.N. Security Council, are working on a possible resolution that would include language on a no-fly zone over Libya.

Is that the right move? Should the U.S. do more? Will other countries support a no-fly zone? We'll talk it over with CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

President Obama addressed the uprising today at the White House.

"We send a very clear message to the Libyan people that we will stand with them in the face of unwarranted violence and the continued suppression of the democratic ideals," Pres. Obama said.

With all that's going on in Libya, we haven't forgotten Egypt. There are signs that the old regime of Hosni Mubarak's may be trying to erase evidence of their crimes.

Protesters broke into government buildings and discovered documents burned and shredded, just as the new government was being formed.

We'll have those latest developments and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


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March 3rd, 2011
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Drug Claims & the Call for Dignity in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

President Obama says it's time for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to go.

"The violence must stop," he said today at a White House news conference. "The aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met."

But Gadhafi isn't give up; and there is no dignity or freedom for the protesters. The Libyan military bombed two towns in the east again today, as they try to regain ground lost to opposition forces. The Libyan Air Force targeted Ajdabiya and al-Berga, for a second day in a row.

President Obama says the United States is examining a "full range of options" in Libya. He talked about a "danger of a stalemate that over time could be bloody."

While the U.S. reviews options it is already committing military planes to airlift foreign workers who fled the fighting in Libya to neighboring Tunisia.

Meanwhile, today Libyan authorities showed off what they say was a massive shipment of pills they intercepted. They say the drugs originated in Dubai and were bought by a Libyan dealer with ties to al Qaeda.

You may recall, for weeks, Gadhafi and his son have claimed al-Qaeda militants are "exploiting" teenagers, giving them "hallucinogenic pills in their coffee with milk, like Nescafe." Yet it was pain pills that were found today, not hallucinatory drugs. We're Keeping Them Honest.

Anderson asked a government spokesman about the claim last night and it was an interesting exchange. We'll replay it for you tonight and dig deeper into this latest twist from the regime.

Last week on Twitter, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley took issue with what he called Gadhafi's "hardly sober claim that protesters are on drugs." Crowley said "the people of Libya are clear-eyed in their demand for change."

We're also digging into the opposition. Just who are they? What future do they want for Libya? All questions we'll answer tonight on AC360°.

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


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March 2nd, 2011
09:26 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Bombs Falling in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we take you inside the fight for Libya. We have new video from the town of Breg, where the Libyan Air Force dropped at least three bombs.

One of the bombs fell just 40 yards away from CNN's Ben Wedeman, who said Gadhafi's regime was targeting him and about 250 anti-government forces headed for Berga to engage Libyan forces.

We'll talk with Wedeman tonight on the program and show you his remarkable video of the bomb damage.

There's also video of ground fighting near Brega, where key oil oil and natural gas facilities are located.

Remember Moammar Gadhafi has said Libyan fighters don't exist. Instead he claims al Qaeda and drugged kids are behind the opposition. Gadhafi also claims military fighter jets are only targeting ammunition depots, not people.

Tonight Anderson will ask a Libyan government spokesman about how those claims match up against the facts. We're Keeping Them Honest.

You'll also hear from a man in Tunisia, who has fled Libya. He says his brother was murdered by the Gadhafi's regime.

There's also concern about the people fleeing Libya. Over the past 24 hours, a tent city for an estimated 18,000 refugees has sprung up in Tunisia near the border it shares with Libya. The people staying at the camp are some of the nearly 150,000 refugees who have left Tripoli and other cities. Ivan Watson has the latest on the efforts to help the homeless.

We'll also look at the new development on the U.S. response to the crisis.

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


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February 28th, 2011
09:32 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Love Vs. Hate in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi denied today that there are protests threatening to end his 41-year rule. Gadhafi also denied using force against his people. His message doesn't match the video were seeing from Libya or the eyewitness accounts. The truth is ordinary people are taking to the streets calling for change and risking their lives to speak out.

You don't hear any of that from Gadhafi.

"They love me, all my people with me, they love me all. They will die to protect me, my people," he said in a joint interview with ABC News and the BBC.

They love me?

Tonight on 360°, we'll show you the images that prove that a lot of people in Libya actually hate him.

For two weeks, government forces have repeatedly clashed with demonstrators. At least 1,000 people have been killed in the clashes, according to a U.N. estimate.

Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said Gadafi sounded "delusional" in today's television interview.

"When he can laugh talking to American and international journalists while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality," she said.

Tonight on 360°, we'll look at the growing pressure put on Gadhafi to step down. The United States is freezing at least $30 billion in Libyan government assets and the U.S. Navy is moving warships closer to Libya. There's also talk of a possible no-fly zone. Will any of that push Gadhafi to give up his power? What other options are there? We'll talk it over with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark.

There's also questions on who would fill the void if Gadhafi falls. The anti-government rebels and protesters are a diverse group, with different trial ties. There isn't a unified front on what would happen if they win their battle. We'll look at this angle with former CIA officer Bob Baer, who's also an intelligence columnist for TIME.com and Professor Fouad Ajami at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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


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February 24th, 2011
09:02 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Scared in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, remarkable bravery and anger in Libya. You'll hear from a woman in Tripoli who's been barricaded inside for nearly a week. There are stay bullets flying in her neighborhood, as the regime tries to keep a grip on the country. She fears the regime will be going house-to-house to attack those who are against them. She's scared, and wants it all to stop. She wants Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. She wants a new Libya, a better one.

Gadhafi still controls the capital, but not much more of the country. Today the dictator accused followers of Osama bin Laden of brainwashing the youth of the seaside city of Zawiya, with hallucinogenic drugs, leading to the unrest. Zawiya is where 17 people were killed and 150 others were wounded in Martyrs Square today when government forces attacked the city.

Tonight we'll talk about the claim that followers of bin Laden have ties to the uprising with Foud Ajami, professor at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

We're also looking at the ongoing effort to evacuate Americans on a ferry out of Tripoli. They were supposed to depart for Malta yesterday, but the ferry is still docked due to bad weather.

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


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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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February 21st, 2011
09:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Inside Libya's Uprising

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we'll take you inside the uprising in Libya. An uprising where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi seems to be losing his grip after 42 years at the helm. CNN's Ben Wedeman has managed to become the first Western journalist to get into the country. He reports the eastern part of the country appears to be under the control of opposition forces.

Meanwhile, in Tripoli witnesses report armed militia are firing on protesters. In the capital there have also been reports aircraft were targeting anti-government protesters.

But Libya's government denies those reports. Gadhafi's son, Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi, told the state news agency Al-Jamahirya the warplanes were targeting weapons depots in remote areas.

However, there's another twist. Two Libyan Air Force pilots defected to Malta today after being asked to bomb Libyan citizens, a Maltese government source said. Their fighter jets were armed with rockets and loaded machine guns, the source added.

Meanwhile, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations told reporters today he's "expecting genocide in Tripoli.'

"The mass killing has reached a stage where no one can stay silent," Ibrahim Dabbaski said.

We'll have more of his message and you'll also hear from Gadhafi's hand-picked ambassador in Washington, who also seems to be breaking with him.

And, we'll talk over all of today's developments with Wedeman, Fouad Ajami, a professor at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and CNN's Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty.

Anderson also talked with Barbara Walters of ABC News, who talked with Gadhafi 12 years ago in an exclusive interview. She has remarkable insight on the dictator.

Back here at home, we're following the budget protests in Wisconsin. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is blaming unions for the state's money woes and slowing fiscal reform.

Walker's budget proposal calls for state workers to pay more for their pensions and health insurance benefits, while slashing their collective bargaining rights. Opponents call the plan an assault on worker's rights.

We'll talk it over with CNN's Eliot Spitzer, the former Democratic governor of New York, and Republican strategist Ed Rollins.

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


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February 11th, 2011
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mubarak Resigns, Questions Remain

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A new historic era is underway in Egypt. President Hosni Mubarak has resigned and the military leadership is now running the country. When the announcement was made by the vice president, the massive crowd gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square chanted "Egypt is free!"

On day 18 of the uprising, the demands of the anti-Mubarak protesters were finally met. 18 days later and after more than 300 deaths, according to Human Rights Watch, Mubarak's 30-year dictatorship is over.

But Mubarak, 82, has not left Egypt. According to reports, he's at his villa in the resort town of Sharm-el-Sheikh, along the Red Sea.

He's got a place to live, but he may face some money troubles. Just after it was announced Mubarak had stepped down, Swiss officials moved to freeze any of his assets in their banks and those belonging to anyone else tied to him.

Tonight on 360°, our panel of experts weigh in what may come next for Mubarak and the entire country. Egypt is not a democracy with the military in control. We'll show you whose at the helm now and look at whether the military will allow a fair election this fall?

You'll also hear from some of the most vocal Egyptian activists, including Wael Ghonim. The Google executive who's on leave from his job said the "real" heroes of the revolution are the people who took to the streets.

Ghonim also sent a Twitter message saying "Congratulations Egypt the criminal has left the palace."

At the White House, President Obama said, "The people of Egypt have spoken."

"Their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same," he added.

Egypt’s dictator no longer has an iron fist. There's new leadership in place. Yet CNN's Arwa Damon is hearing some protesters may not leave Tahrir Square, saying they have other demands. They want to put Mubarak on trial. Others say they will go home and help put the country back together again.

Join us for the latest developments out of Egypt and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


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