Earlier Today...

by Matthew Shaffer

…in Libya, rebel forces repelled an attack from the Lilbyan army, backed by air support, in the eastern city of Brega. But Qaddafi seemed to tighten his grip on Tripoli. Defections in the military have slowed as Qaddafi has reportedly begun taking family members of military leaders hostage. And brutality seems to have temporarily quashed the anti-Qaddafi demonstrations in Tripoli. 

The times provides a precious visual: 

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