Armed protesters who have seized oil ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started exporting oil, bypassing the Tripoli government, with their first shipment going to a North Korean-flagged tanker. Officials at state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) confirmed earlier on Saturday that the tanker was docked at the Es-Sider port, which is under the control of a rebel group demanding autonomy and a greater share of Libya's oil wealth. This is our first shipment," said a spokesman for the protesters, who have seized Es-Sider and two other ports. "We have informed the government and the defense ministry so they can take action," the official said, adding that the tanker's crew "are trying to buy oil illegally." There was no immediate word from the government, but Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and the justice minister scheduled news conferences in the afternoon.
SOPOT, Poland (AP) — Double defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown made a rusty return to running on Saturday, struggling to qualify for the 60 meter semifinals at the world indoor championships.
Simferopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - Standing watch in front of Crimea's regional parliament in the capital Simferopol, Konstantin Chaika, a pro-Russian civilian in camouflage gear insists he is a "peaceful man." But he says he will know "where to look" to find weapons if the situation escalates on the tense Black Sea peninsula, where Russian forces have seized control over the past week and surrounded Ukrainian bases. Since Ukraine's pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted on February 22, this 35-year-old researcher has spent hours standing guard in front of the Stalin-era assembly building, between Cossacks in typical Astrakhan fur hats and angry babushkas -- elderly local women -- waiting for a hypothetical invasion by "Nazis from Kiev." By that, Chaika means the mostly nationalist opposition that toppled Yanukovych from power and led to the instalment of a pro-European Ukrainian government.