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U.S. Lifts Ban on Travel To Libya

After more than two decades of bitter relations with Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, the United States yesterday eased travel and other restrictions as a reward for Libya’s giving up efforts to build weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration delivered long-sought benefits by rescinding a ban on travel by Americans to Libya and authorizing U.S. firms with holdings in Libya — notably large oil companies — to begin preparations to return. The White House announcement marked the most concrete step yet in a remarkable turnaround in relations with Gaddafi, whose tent compound was bombed by U.S. warplanes during the Reagan administration. The Bush administration hopes not only that Gaddafi’s change of direction is real, but also that progress will lead to the lifting of all U.S. sanctions and serve as a model to other pariah states. Full Story

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