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Zuma fails to budge Gadhafi on an awkward diplomatic mission to Tripoli

I was struck by the awkwardness of this photo, a surprising quality considering that the picture is a handout from President Zuma's office, but perhaps it is an accurate representation of a meeting in which diplomatic niceties could not entirely obscure some difficult truths.

Endearingly, Gadhafi's aides have placed an old photograph of the two protagonists on the table between them, one that appears to date from Zuma's previous diplomatic mission to Tripoli on April 10. Now, as then, attempts to persuade the Libyan leader to relinquish his grip on power appear to have failed.

Read our report on the meeting and see more images from the Libyan conflict in our slideshow.