US, Europe pressure Libya but ease off militarily (AP) – 294th Edition

11 03 2011

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, shakes hands with Mahmoud Jibril, right, and Ali Al-Esawi, representatives of the newly formed council based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, after a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, March 10, 2011. France has formally recognized the Libyan opposition's Interim Governing Council and plans to exchange ambassadors with the newly formed body, the president's office said Thursday.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)AP – The Obama administration cut ties with Libya’s remaining representatives in the U.S. on Thursday and France became the first nation to recognize Moammar Gadhafi’s opponents, adding diplomatic pressure on the Libyan government even as trans-Atlantic leaders stepped back from imminent military intervention.

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