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GOP-led House votes to rebuke Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Friday demanded that President Barack Obama clarify the U.S. role in Libya, but rejected an attempt to force him to end America’s military involvement there. The House votes reflected unease in both parties with a third war after Iraq and Afghanistan, as…

Official: Yemen president, premiere wounded in shelling

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded on Friday along with his premier and other officials as shells struck a mosque in the presidential palace compound, a security official told AFP. The mosque attack came as fighting that has killed scores of people in north Sanaa…

Official: Yemen’s President Saleh alive and well after being reported dead in attack

SANAA (Reuters) – Shells struck Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s palace in Sanaa on Friday, wounding three senior officials, but a Yemeni official said Saleh was “well.” Fierce fighting engulfed the Yemeni capital, where residents cowered in their homes as explosions rocked the city. Two Yemeni officials said Saleh escaped…

Mladic calls charges against him ‘monstrous’, ‘obnoxious’

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic faced the U.N. war crimes tribunal on Friday as a defiant general who never lost a battle, denying the charges against him as “obnoxious” and “monstrous.” Wearing a military forage cap, which he later removed, Mladic began the hearing…

Yemen President Saleh killed: opposition TV says

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Friday after an attack on the presidential palace, Suhail, a TV station run by the country’s opposition, reported. The presidential palace was hit by shells earlier on Friday during fighting between Saleh’s forces and a powerful tribal federation. (Reporting…

Japanese firm develops ‘sun-chasing’ solar panels

TOKYO (AFP) – A new Japanese solar power device can generate twice the electricity of current models thanks to moving mirrors that follow the sun throughout the day, according to its developers. Smart Solar International, a Tokyo start-up that also has an office in California, will start producing the system…

Thousands flee fighting in Yemen’s capital

SANAA (AFP) – Thousands of residents were fleeing the Yemeni capital on Friday as deadly clashes between dissident tribesmen and loyalist troops raged for a fourth straight day leaving bodies littering the streets. The headquarters of national airline Yemenia were burnt down in fierce fighting through the night, an AFP…

Ten killed in three explosions in western Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq — At least three explosions near provincial government offices in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi killed 10 people and wounded 15 on Thursday evening, security officials said. Two other officials said a fourth explosion took place in the city, 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad, as…

Nigerian ‘baby factory’ raided, 32 teen girls rescued

LAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities said on Wednesday. “We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report…

Greenpeace activists arrested for Greenland oil rig protest

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Two Greenpeace activists who scaled an oil rig off the western coast of Greenland at the weekend to protest oil prospecting in the Arctic were arrested overnight, police and the environmental group said Thursday. “Last night, the police decided the time was right, and we arrested the…

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