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It's undeniable that this satellite image of the Al Jawf oasis in southeastern Libya is incredibly striking, with large irrigated plots standing out in contrast to their barren surroundings. But, a little like staring at clouds, their layout is enough to get your imagination running wild.

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The treasure was kept mostly in two wooden chests and locked away in a bank vault: thousands of coins, jewellery and figurines, some around 2600 years old. For decades it sat in the bank, unattended despite the historical and monetary value. Then, as a popular uprising erupted around the downtown bank last winter, someone entered the vault and made off with the trove.

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With rebel forces in Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi on the run, the end could be near for the Libyan civil war. Sporadic fighting continues in the capital city of the oil-rich North African nation, NATO warplanes are still patrolling overhead, and there's always the danger of Gadhafi true-believers launching a fresh insurgency.

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When dudes start firing off home-brew, truck-mounted rockets and bandying about phrases like "open, armed rebellion", it's high time to get the f**k out of Tripoli. These seven tools will help get you to your Embassy in one piece.