Tripoli, Libya, woke up Aug. 22 to the imminent end of 42 years of rule by Muammar Gaddafi -– the longest-running Arab leader ever.

In Syria, meanwhile, violent clashes continue in the streets between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his opponents.

NATO-backed rebel forces in Libya seized control of much of Tripoli on Aug. 21 after months of brutal war tactics by Gaddafi. The rebels continue to fight for the rest of the capital city.

In one part of Tripoli, a local imam sang not the call to prayer but the national anthem of the pre-Gaddafi monarchy, according to BBC News.

President Barack Obama called it a “tipping point,” asserting in a statement that Tripoli is “slipping from the grasp of a tyrant.” He and other world leaders are calling for Gaddafi to end his claim to power.

Christian leaders like Nik Ripken*, meanwhile, are praying for stability of a different kind in Libya.

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