Benghazi: in pictures

Much of eastern Libya is under the control of protesters. Here are photographs from inside the count

Above, an opposition militiaman stands guard in front of a charred national security building. It was destroyed last weekend as opposition forces battled troops loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi.


Here, Citizens turn in automatic weapons ammunition to a militiaman. Benghazi is largely under opposition control as Gaddafi's forces focus on battling rebels near the capital, Tripoli.


Here, demonstrators in Benghazi call for Gaddafi to be removed. World leaders will attempt to co-ordinate a response to the crisis at a meeting of the UN Security Council this morning.


A Libyan border guard walks through an empty customs hall on the border with Egypt. A no-fly zone and sanctions are possible options on the table for leaders of other countries. Switzerland says it has frozen Gaddafi's assets.


Opposition militiamen speak at a national security building in Benhgazi. In the past eight days, Gaddafi has used aircraft, tanks and foreign mercenaries, killing hundreds. According to some estimates, up to 2,000 people may have died.


El-Faitory Meftah el-Bouras holds a portrait of his son Fathig during a protest. El-Bouras says his son was just one of many thousands of political prisoners killed during Gaddafi's rule.


Demonstrators climb flagpoles. Despite the carnage the city has suffered, people are celebrating their victory and the prospect of a life outside dictatorship.

All photographs: AFP/Getty Images.

Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.