Obama puts no-fly zone back on table

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US President Barack Obama says imposing a no-fly zone on Libya is still an option – despite his defence secretary appearing to warn against the idea, listing logistical and diplomatic hurdles.

Obama’s comments came during a press conference in Washington.

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“The violence must stop,” he said. “Muammar Gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead and he must leave. What I want to make sure of is that the United States has full capacity to act, potentially rapidly, if the situation deteriorated in such a way that you had a humanitarian crisis on our hands.”

Meanwhile, Venezuelans have been demonstrating outside the Libyan embassy in Caracas over their president’s support for Gaddafi.

Demonstrators said Hugo Chavez should deal with problems at home instead.

The Chavez plan for negotiations has been rejected by Libyan opposition groups although it is said to have some backing within the Arab League.