Libyan PM’s office attacked
Tripoli—The office of Libya’s interim prime minister in the capital, Tripoli, has been attacked by gunmen believed to be ex-rebels demanding payment.
Mo hamed Alsabee, from the PM’s media office, told the BBC there was gunfire inside the building. A dozen pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns are surrounding the building, says the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli.
It is unclear whether the prime minister, Abdurrahim al-Keib, is there. The attackers are believed to be former rebels who fought to topple Muammar Gaddafi last year, who are angry over the suspension of a reward scheme which paid out stipends. The scheme was later suspended amid allegations of fraud.
Coalition Israeli govt formed
Jerusalem—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a revamped coalition government on Tuesday, forming a broad alliance with the chief opposition party that could free his hand to take bold action on peace with the Palestinians and decide whether to attack Iran. In a stunning reversal, Netanyahu called off plans to hold early parliamentary elections and struck an agreement with the rival Kadima Party. Netanyahu now presides over a coalition with 94 seats in the 120-member parliament, one of the broadest governments in Israeli history.
Ukraine delays Europe summit
Yalta—Ukraine has postponed a summit of Central and East European leaders pla nned for this week after several of them said they would boycott it. Europe-wide concern about the treatment of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko prompted the boycott. Yalta was the 11-12 May summit venue. Ms Tymoshenko has chronic back pain and is on hunger strike.
The presidents of Germany, Austria, Romania and the Czech Republic were among those who cancelled their trips. Ukraine has not set a new date yet. There is also a threat that leaders may boycott Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine next month.
Sarkozy, Hollande mark WWII V-E event
Paris—In his last state ceremony before stepping down as France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy led commemorations in Paris on Tuesday marking the end (V-E) of World War II in Europe. Sarkozy was joined by President-elect Francois Hollande, and the two political rivals stood side by side at the Arc de Triomphe war memorial.
To the stirring anthem “The Marseillaise,” a solemn-looking Sarkozy began the proceedings by laying a wreath at the statue of Charles de Gaulle, the former president and leader of the Free French Forces, in a nod to Sarkozy’s Gaullist roots. The president also shook hands at the Champs-Elysees avenue ceremony with military dignitaries, including Gen. de Gaulle’s 90-year-old son, Philippe.
Air India sacks 10 ‘sick’ pilots
London—Air India has fired 10 pilots after dozens of them called in sick amid a dispute over training for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes. The airline has derecognised the Indian Pilots’ Guild and its office is being sealed, an Air India spokesman said. Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh called the strike “illegal”.