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Libyan rebels celebrate British recognition

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Anti-Gaddafi Libyans have celebrated Britain’s recognition of the rebel-led National Transitional Council as their country’s legitimate government.

Britain also expelled Gaddafi’s diplomats, giving them three days to leave the Libyan embassy in London. Officials in Tripoli said Britain’s expulsion of its diplomats was illegal.

However recognition of the Council follows similar moves by France and the US, potentially freeing up billions of dollars in frozen funds. Rebel leaders promptly withdrew their offer to allow Muammar Gaddafi to stay in Libya if he gives up power.