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NATO launches air strikes against Misrata, Ajdabiya

BENGHAZI, Libya – NATO launched air strikes against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s troops in the stricken port city of Misrata on Sunday after regime forces killed at least 11 people there over the weekend, rebels said. And in Brussels, an alliance official confirmed to AFP that NATO warplanes had destroyed…

Mubarak says he’s victim of defamation

CAIRO – Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak said he was a victim of defamation and threatened lawsuits in his first comments since he was ousted in a popular uprising, aired Sunday on Al-Arabiya television. The former president said he was prepared to assist any investigations into his family’s alleged assets…

African leaders fly in to seek end to Libya conflict

TRIPOLI – A high-ranking African Union delegation was on its way to Libya on Sunday to present a blueprint for a ceasefire. On the ground, NATO destroyed key ammunition stockpiles and armoured vehicles in air strikes across the country, while heavy fighting continued around the key crossroads town of Ajdabiya.…

Israel, Palestinians float Gaza ceasefire plan

JERUSALEM – Israeli and Palestinian officials floated a ceasefire on Sunday to end an upsurge of violence in Gaza, as Israel warned of a still stronger response if rocket fire from the coastal strip continues. Speaking shortly after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the southern city of Ashkelon,…

Irish bomb could have been a killer, say police

Irish police are saying that the 500-pound bomb found abandoned under an overpass on the main Dublin to Belfast road was a “sophisticated and substantial” device. Chief Police Superintendent Alasdair Robinson said in a press conference today that the bomb, if detonated, could have caused massive destruction and loss of…

Iraqi cleric warns of violence if U.S. troops don’t go

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s fiery anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will “escalate military resistance” and unleash his Mehdi Army militia if U.S. troops fail to leave Iraq as scheduled this year, his aides said on Saturday. On the 8th anniversary of the day U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad, senior Sadr aide Hazem al-Arajitold tens of thousands…

Suicide bomber destroys Afghan army bus in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army bus on the outskirts of Kabul on Saturday, wounding up to 10 soldiers and civilians, less than a week after a suicide attack on a foreign military base in the city, a police spokesman said. “A suicide bomber on foot…

Eight Libyan rebels die in fighting on Misrata road

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they repelled a government attack on Misrata on Saturday and praised a “positive change” from NATO after it carried out several air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces there. The fighting centered on theNakl al-Theqeel road to Misrata’s rebel-controlled port, where a Red Cross-chartered vessel carrying medical…

U.S.-Pakistan intelligence operations frozen since January

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Joint U.S.-Pakistan intelligence operations have been halted since late January, a senior Pakistani intelligence officer said, reflecting strain in a relationship seen as crucial to combating militants and the war in Afghanistan. Uneasy U.S.-Pakistani ties have become even more tense after a string of diplomatic disputes so far this…

Five dead in Dutch shopping mall shooting

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A gunman shot five people and injured at least 11 others at a shopping mall in a small Dutch town on Saturday before turning his automatic weapon on himself, the town’s mayor told reporters. The mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, a town 46 km (29 miles)…

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