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  1. Vatican: Airstrikes killed 40 civilians in Tripoli
    By REUTERS
    03/31/2011 11:59

    Catholic official in Tripoli says “so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens;” UK’s Hague calls for Gaddafi cabinet members to defect.
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    ROME – At least 40 civilians have been killed in airstrikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday citing witnesses.

    “The so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens of civilian victims in some neighborhoods of Tripoli,” said Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli.

    “I have collected several witness accounts from reliable people. In particular, in the Buslim neighborhood, due to the bombardments, a civilian building collapsed, causing the death of 40 people,” he told Fides, the news agency of the Vatican missionary arm.

    Libyan officials have taken foreign reporters to the sites of what they say were the aftermath of western air strikes on Tripoli but evidence of civilian casualties have been inconclusive.

    Western powers say they have no confirmed evidence of civilian casualties.

  2. EU wants freeze on Libya’s bluefin tuna catch

    BRUSSELS | Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:25am EDT

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s fisheries chief has called for the suspension of Libya’s fishing rights for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fearing the endangered fish could be further depleted amid the confusion of war.

    An Atlantic bluefin can grow to the size of a horse and fetch more than $100,000 in markets such as Japan, but stocks have plunged by more than 80 percent since the 1970s, scientists say.

    EU fisheries chief Maria Damanaki fears Libya is in no position to regulate its fishing fleets when bluefin come to spawn in the Mediterranean in May or June.

    High-tech fishing vessels using echo-sounders have become so efficient at locating and netting the giant creatures in “purse seine” nets that a season’s quota can be met in just 10 days, and long-term damage to thestock can be inflicted thereafter.

    Damanaki called for action from the body that governs bluefin fishing, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday.

    “The EU believes that, as long as this situation will last, this gives rise to grave concerns in a situation where bluefin tuna is already under serious threat,” Damanaki wrote.

    She called for Libya’s fishing rights for Atlantic bluefin tuna to be “temporarily suspended until Libya is able to ensure the respect of all ICCAT provisions.” Last November, ICCAT set a 2011 quota of 12,900 tonnes, down 600 from 2010, ignoring calls from conservation groups for deeper cuts.

    (Reporting by Pete Harrison, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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