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Libya ignores international court warrants

TRIPOLI, Libya -- The Libyan deputy foreign minister has dismissed efforts by the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants against three senior leaders.

Court prosecutors had said earlier yesterday that they were putting the final touches to their case against three Libyan leaders on charges of murder and persecution in the brutal crackdown on anti-government rebels. Leader Moammar Gadhafi is expected to be among them.

Speaking in a late-night discussion with reporters in the Libyan capital, Khaled Kaim said his government will "not show any attention to the decision." He said Libya doesn't recognize the jurisdiction of the international court, nor do most African countries.

NATO aircraft blasted an oil terminal in a key eastern city at nightfall Sunday, Libyan TV reported, after Britain urged the alliance to widen its assault on areas controlled by Gadhafi. The Libya TV report said the bombs hit methanol tanks at the oil port of Ras Lanouf, causing leaks.

The reported attack came as the Libyan conflict appeared largely stalemated, with each side claiming gains one day, only to be turned back the next.

Rebels said Sunday they have taken full control of the western port city of Misrata, 125 miles from Tripoli. -- AP

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