Although having kept a low public profile since NATO air strikes began, Muammar Gaddafi has now been shown on television playing chess. The Libyan leader apparently told the president of the international chess federation that he had no intention of leaving his country.
But while Gaddafi played, fighting between his forces and rebels reached the capital’s doorstep.
The oil port of Zawiya has been the scene of clashes over the weekend while rebels are also battling Gaddafi’s troops near Misrata.
With the help of NATO airpower the rebels are gradually expanding the territory they hold and there are reports of new unrest flaring in various towns across Libya.
The United Arab Emirates has become the latest country to recognise the rebel Transitional National Council based in the eastern city of Benghazi.