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April 6 - 12 2011 No. 1028
THE WEEKLY WORLD EDITION OF The Daily Telegraph AND The Sunday Telegraph telegraph.co.uk/expat
Dhoni’s team complete extraordinary run chase to clinch world cup
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Liz Hurley files for divorce
Nuclear fallout Fukushima puts newUKreactors under threat :: NEWS P5
By Damien McElroy in Tripoli and Christopher Hope COL MUAMMAR GADDAFI has sent a trusted adviser to Greece for talks that could signal the Libyan leader’s readiness to stand down.
Abdulati al-Obeidi, who has emerged as the Libyan regime’s acting foreign minister after the defection to London last week of Moussa Koussa, was meeting George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, in Athens on Sunday night.
He is the first senior envoy sent by Col Gaddafi since the international coalition started to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. Greek officials said Mr Obeidi, who recently was said to be close to defection, was carrying a message from Col Gaddafi. The trip raised the prospect that the Libyan leader would be willing to seek a ceasefire and to acknowledge international demands for his removal.
Mr Papandreou’s office said he was meeting Mr Obeidi “at the request of the Libyan prime minister”, Al-Baghdadi Ali AlMahmudi.
Mr Obeidi told Mr Papandreou that Libya wanted to end the fighting, according to Dimitris Droutsas, the foreign minister. “It seems that the Libyan authorities are seeking a solution,” Mr Droutsas said. “There needs to be a serious effort for peace in the region.”
Mr Droutsas said Mr Obeidi planned to travel to Malta and Turkey as the Libyan regime sought a way out of the crisis.
Reports suggested that Mr Obeidi had travelled to Tunisia with Mr Koussa last week, but stopped short of fleeing.
Moussa Koussa, who fled to Britain on Wednesday of last week, is described as having “electrifying” information on Col Muammar Gaddafi’s role in terrorist atrocities across Europe; he was identified on Sunday by Jack Straw, the former Labour foreign secretary, as a key source for British and American intelligence for more than a decade.
David Cameron was under pressure last week to ensure that the Libyan defector co-operates with authorities investigating the Lockerbie bombing, the murder of Pc Yvonne Fletcher and potential war crimes.
The Prime Minister said that he would not block any attempts by the police to question Mr Koussa, and stressed that Mr Koussa had not been offered a deal in return for fleeing to Britain and had not been granted immunity from
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Twitter split: Elizabeth Hurley has reportedly filed for divorce from Arun Nayar. The model, who married the businessman (above) in 2007, announced her separation on Twitter last year. Hurley, 45, is said to be in a relationship with former Australian cricketer Shane Warne
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‘My agent says he’s got me a part in a West End demo’
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