Rebels in Libya breakthrough

Libyan rebels raised their flag over a strategic town near Tripoli yesterday after their most dramatic advance in months cut off Muammar Gaddafi’s capital from its main link to the outside world. The swift advance on the town of Zawiyah, about 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, will deal a psychological blow to Gaddafi's supporters and severs the coastal highway to Tunisia that keeps the capital supplied with food and fuel. Previous rebel advances have often been reversed, despite help from NATO warplanes.