(Press TV: 0845 PST, February 25, 2011) At least three civilians have been killed in the Iraqi Kurdistan protests. But the regional government denies firing at civilians during the protests. Press TV's Tracey Shelton reports from Sulaymanieh.
(France 24: 0700 PST, February 25, 2011) Libyan refugees fleeing to Tunisia say more cities in the west of Libya are in opposition hands, report fierce fighting in others, and say forces loyal to Gaddafi still control many key roads inland.
(Associated Press: 0445 PST, February 25, 2011) Military desertion has helped parts of eastern Libya break away from the control of Moammar Gadhafi. But soldiers backing the rebellion and other government opponents fear a fight against merecenaries for control of Tripoli.
(Euronews: 0130 PST, February 25, 2011) At least two major oil terminals in Libya have fallen into rebel hands, according to unconfirmed reports coming from the eastern city of Benghazi. It is thought that the anti-Gaddafi forces seized the ports on Thursday, although it is unclear if production at the terminals has been badly affected.
Gaddafi Clings On as Rebels Consolidate Gains
(Euronews: 0030 PST, February 25, 2011) Colonel Gaddafi's grip on Libya looks increasingly flimsy amid reports rebel militias are nearing the capital. In the country's second city Benghazi, which is all but free of government forces, there were jubilant scenes as protesters called for Gaddafi to go, despite another defiant speech by the Libyan leader on TV in which he blamed al-Qaeda for the uprising.
Al Jazeera's Arabic language channel reports that Gaddafi's forces violently attacked protestors in the Libyan cities of Misurata and Az-Zawiyah this morning. Eyewitnesses say that Gaddafi's troops were armed with machine guns and that dozens of people were injured and killed.
Reporters from Dubai TV stationed at the Egyptian-Libyan border state that Egyptian workers are pouring across the Salum border crossing. Thousands of buses wait on the Egyptian side of the border to transport people returning from Libya. Of the 1.5 million Egyptians residing and working in Libya, nearly 20,000 have returned to Egypt in the past few days with haunting stories of the atrocities they witnessed in Libya.
In Yemen, BBC Arabic reports that President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered security forces to protect protestors and prevent confrontations between pro- and anti-government demonstrators. This came after two people were killed and eleven were injured in clashes that erupted two days ago near Sana'a University.
Protests also persist in Bahrain, where demonstrators have filled Pearl Roundabout to mark the one-week anniversary of "Bloody Thursday." The tens of thousands who continue to protest in Pearl Square say they will not withdraw before their goals of constitutional and political reform are met.
New TV reports that in Beirut, many Lebanese youths were disappointed at the poor attendance at an anti-Libyan regime rally organized on Facebook. While many expressed enthusiasm for the rally, only a small number of people attended. A Lebanese Gaddafi impersonator provided extra flair to the protest.
NBN also reports on Muammar al-Gaddafi, describing his madness as "laughable and tragic." The Libyan dictator depicted himself as a Greek god and said that he is the one who created Libya and will also be the one to save it. The report includes an interview in which Gaddafi gives his own unique definition of democracy.