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Gaddafi strongholds bombed as Misrata ‘overrun’

TRIPOLI – Moamer Kadhafi’s Tripoli compound was rocked by blasts late Monday, his southern strongholds targeted and a navy base bombed as international criticism mounted over the air assault on Libya. Rebels, meanwhile, said they were under intense attack by Kadhafi’s forces in the city of Misrata near Tripoli and…

British defense minister admits that Gaddafi may be killed by air strikes

Even though an assassination was not authorized in the United Nations’ sanctioning of a no-fly zone over Libya, the British defense minister said Monday that Col. Muammar Gaddafi may end up the victim of a coalition missile anyway. “Mission accomplished would mean the Libyan people free to control their own…

Yemen’s top generals defect from government, throw support to protesters

SANAA (Reuters) – Top generals, ambassadors and some tribes threw their support behind Yemen’s anti-government protesters on Monday in a major blow to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as he tries to survive growing demands for his immediate departure. The president, a perennial survivor who has stayed in power for 32…

Ron Paul: Libya no-fly zone ‘unconstitutional’

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) claimed that the Obama administration’s move to impose a no-fly zone over Libya was “unconstitutional” because the president didn’t seek Congressional authorization. In a video posted Friday to YouTube, the isolationist congressman called the no-fly zone — pushed by the U.S., Britain and France and approved…

NY Times journalists released by Libya, will return home soon

(Reuters) – Four New York Times journalists captured by Libyan forces while covering the conflict there are at the Turkish embassy in Tripoli and will be sent home within hours, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. The four are two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Beirut bureau chief Anthony…

Iraq wastes 50% of water: UNICEF

BAGHDAD — Fifty percent of water resources are wasted in Iraq, where six million people have no access to clean water, the United Nations said on Monday, the eve of World Water Day. “Iraq faces difficulties in meeting the target of 91 percent of households using a safe drinking water…

Putin likens U.N. Libya resolution to crusade calls

VOTKINSK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday likened the U.N. Security Council resolution supporting military action in Libya to medieval calls for crusades. Putin, in the first major remarks from a Russian leader since a coalition of Western countries began air strikes in Libya, said that Muammar…

WHO sees Japan food safety situation as “serious”

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and South Korea announced on Monday they will toughen checks of Japanese food for radioactivity, hours after the World Health Organization said the detection of radiation in some food in Japan was a more serious problem than it had expected. China will monitor food imported from…

Tanks deploy in Yemen capital as top general defects

SANAA (AFP) – Tanks were deployed outside the presidential palace in Yemen on Monday, as a top general announced his allegiance to the protest movement seeking to oust President Ali Abdallah Saleh from power. Tanks took up positions in key locations across Sanaa including at the presidential palace, the central…

Smoke drives crews out of Japan nuclear plant

KITAKAMI, Japan (AFP) – A new column of smoke rising from an overheating nuclear plant in Japan drove workers out of the smouldering site on Monday, denting hopes for a breakthrough in the post-quake atomic crisis. Heavy rain in the region disrupted rescue efforts and compounded the misery of tsunami…

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