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Five arrested in connection with Libyan woman’s rape

Stirring stories have been coming out of the non-stop media coverage of Libya for weeks, but perhaps the most shocking of Saturday’s batch was that of Eman al-Obeidy. Five men were arrested Sunday in connection with the incident, which is surrounded with government officials smearing the woman’s name, and reporters…

Pro-Gaddafi forces resume attacks on Misrata, rebels say

TUNIS (Reuters) – Eight people were killed when forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi resumed attacks on rebel-held Misrata on Sunday, ending a brief lull in fighting following Western air strikes, rebels and a resident said. Pro-Gaddafi forces had eased their attacks on Misrata on Saturday after Western coalition planes appeared in the…

Syria’s Assad deploys army in port to keep order

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest crisis in his 11-year rule, deployed the army in Syria’s main port of Latakia for the first time after nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country. Assad, 45, who has made no direct public comment since protests started sweeping…

Two Reuters TV personnel missing in Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Two Reuters television journalists have been missing in Syria since Saturday night, when they were due to return to Lebanon. Beirut-based producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji had been expected to cross into Lebanon by road at approximately 1830 GMT (2:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday, where…

Fukushima crisis could stretch into ‘months, years’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan appeared resigned on Monday to a long fight to contain the world’s worst atomic crisis in 25 years after high radiation levels complicated work at its crippled nuclear plant. Engineers have been battling to control the six-reactor Fukushima complex since it was damaged by a March…

NATO agrees to take over Libya operations: official

BRUSSELS – NATO agreed Sunday to take command of military operations in Libya from a US-led coalition, a NATO official said Sunday. “NATO has decided today to implement all aspects of the UN Resolution 1973 to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from the Kadhafi regime,” a…

‘French spiderman’ takes on world’s tallest tower

DUBAI – After scaling the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Sydney Opera House, the “French Spiderman” now has his sights set on the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa in the cosmopolitan Gulf emirate of Dubai. Alain Robert, 48, is due Monday to climb the exterior of the skyscraper which stands…

New docs could mean end of line for Berlusconi

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced more pressure to resign on Thursday after magistrates issued new documents with fresh details of erotic parties, some with under-age girls, and of his gifts to participants. The center-left opposition said the new documents made his position “untenable” and said he should…

Catholic NGO told to halt west Darfur aid

KHARTOUM — Sudan has ordered a Catholic aid agency to close its operations in west Darfur by the end of the month, in a move the organisation says will deprive 400,000 people of emergency food supplies. “The government has asked us to leave Darfur because they said they couldn’t guarantee…

Suspected POW mass grave found in Philippines

MANILA — Philippine workers at a swimming pool site stumbled on a mass grave containing 14 skeletons believed to be prisoners of war from the Japanese occupation in World War II, police said Sunday. Police cordoned off the area in Nasugbu town, about a three-hour drive south of the capital…

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