- Russia said it was banning the sale of all weapons to Libya.
- France and Britain agreed that Kadhafi "must go" and called on the EU to consider the country's rebel national council a valid political interlocutor.
- The United States said it would soon send civilian humanitarian aid teams into eastern Libya but stressed this should not be seen as military intervention.
- Medics said 400 people have died and 2,000 more have been wounded in eastern Libya since February 17.
- Arab states in the Gulf said that Kadhafi's regime was illegitimate and that contacts should be initiated with the rebels.
- All 10,000 Vietnamese workers have escaped from the political turmoil in Libya, official media reported as India said it was near to finishing the evacuation of 15,000 nationals.
- The Libyan regime offered Wednesday a nearly 500,000 dollar bounty for the capture of the chairman of the rebel National Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil.
- Three BBC journalists in Libya were arrested, beaten and subjected to a mock execution, leading Britain on Wednesday to condemn the act.
- Libyan oil output is down by more than two-thirds, from 1.6 million barrels per day to just 500,000, National Oil Corporation boss Shukri Ghanem said Wednesday, as the price of Brent oil bounced above $116.
- The US said Wednesday it had not yet reached a decision point on Libya, but hit back at claims that it had been too slow to respond to Kadhafi's violent bid to cling onto power.
SAUDI ARABIA: Police shot and wounded three Shiite protesters in the oil-rich Eastern Province on Thursday while trying to disperse a protest calling for the release of prisoners.
- Riyadh came under renewed pressure to ease its ban on demonstrations, as Facebook activists called for a "Day of Rage" on Friday and a "Saudi revolution" on March 20.
YEMEN: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh bowed to pressure after a month of violent protests, but his pledge to devolve power to parliament was swiftly rejected as too late by the opposition.
- The Philippines told its 1,400 citizens to leave Yemen.
EGYPT: Egypt's new interior minister vowed that private telephones will no longer be tapped.
- On Wednesday the government warned of a "counter-revolution" following a series of deadly political and religious clashes blamed on diehards of the former regime.
GCC: The six Gulf Cooperation Council states vowed to deal "decisively" with threats to any member's security and set up a $20 billion development fund for Bahrain and Oman which were hit by protests.
BAHRAIN: The main opposition group called for the cancellation of a protest march on the royal palace scheduled for Friday, saying it was to avoid an escalation of sectarian tension in the kingdom.
TUNISIA: An Islamist party said it wants to install "by political means" a regime based on the strict Sharia form of Islamic law as a solution to problems after the January ouster of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
- A Tunisian court ordered on Wednesday the former ruling RCD party to be dissolved.
MOROCCO: Morocco's King Mohammed VI promised on Wednesday a sweeping constitutional reform, in his first speech since Arab uprisings broke out across the region.
UAE: Emirati intellectuals and activists, inspired by uprisings across the Arab world, petitioned Wednesday the UAE's president to introduce direct elections and vest the powerless parliament with legislative authorities.