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Obama: With Gaddafi’s era over, U.S. will be Libya’s ‘partner’

US President Barack Obama pressed Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to “explicitly” give up power and warned exuberant rebels that their struggles were “not over yet.” “The Libya that you deserve is within your reach,” the president said in a message to Libya’s insurgents, cautioning “there will be huge challenges ahead”…

Feds bust Iraqi crime ring said to be selling IEDs to Mexican drug cartels

By Grace Wyler Federal law enforcement agents in San Diego arrested 60 people in connection with an Iraqi criminal ring with ties to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. The gang is accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs (IEDs) out of a social club for Iraqi immigrants in El…

Strauss-Kahn accuser in key talks with prosecutors

The hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her will meet with New York prosecutors Monday for key talks that could lead to a dismissal of the case. Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from the West African country of Guinea, says the man once…

Obama: Gaddafi’s regime has reached an end

President Barack Obama said that Moamer Gaddafi’s regime had come to an end and the Libyan “tyrant” must leave now to avoid further bloodshed. In a written statement late Sunday, Obama also looked to the post-Gaddafi era, calling on Libyan rebels who have surged into Tripoli to respect human rights.…

Norway wants explorer ship back 80 years after sinking

Eighty years after it sank in the Canadian Arctic, explorer Roald Amundsen’s three-mast ship Maud may once again sail across the Atlantic to become the centerpiece of a new museum in Norway. Canada, however, must still agree to the repatriation plan hatched by Norwegian investors, amid strong opposition from locals…

Israel and Hamas agree Gaza truce: officials

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have agreed to a ceasefire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday. One official who was involved in mediating talks between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza said the groups had “reached an…

Analysis: Gaddafi collapse will embolden Arab rebels

From the Atlantic coast to Gulf shores, live images on Arab satellite channels of rebels pouring into Tripoli, trampling on pictures of Gaddafi and chanting “From alley to alley, door to door,” taunting the leader with his own threats to hunt down his enemies, will rattle Arab leaders facing similar revolts.…

Biden hails US ties with resource-rich Mongolia

Joe Biden on Monday hailed the United States’ growing ties with Mongolia on a rare visit by an American leader to the Asian nation, which is opening up its vast coal reserves to foreign investors. The US vice president met Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj in a ceremonial ger, or traditional…

Libyans in US celebrate fall of Tripoli

About a hundred Libyans gathered outside the White House to celebrate the rebel takeover of Tripoli, waving the country’s flag and chanting “Libya is free!”, “Thank you, Sarkozy!” and “Thank you, Obama!” Rania Swadek, a 33-year-old Libyan-American who teaches English literature at Washington, waved a sign showing the red-black-and-green rebel…

Skype buys messaging startup GroupMe

Skype, the Internet communications group set to be acquired by Microsoft, announced plans to buy the mobile messaging startup firm GroupMe for undisclosed terms. GroupMe was founded in 2010 at the Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon and is headquartered in New York. The deal, coupled with the acquisition of mobile video provider…

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