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Western warplanes, missiles hit Libyan targets

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast on Saturday, using strikes from air and sea to force Muammar Gaddafi’s troops to cease fire and end attacks on civilians. Libyan state television said 48 people had been killed and 150 wounded in the allied air strikes. It…

Stability at stake in close Haiti run-off vote

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitians vote in a presidential run-off on Sunday that international donors hope can cement in place the stability needed to rebuild the crippled nation after last year’s huge earthquake. The election presents Haiti’s 4.7 million voters with a choice between a political newcomer, energetic entertainer and singer…

Japan reports progress at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan saw some success in its race to avert disaster at a tsunami-damaged power plant, though minor radiation leaks underlined perils from the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Three hundred engineers have been battling inside a danger zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima…

Obama: ‘We cannot stand idly by’

In a Saturday afternoon press conference from Brasilia, Brazil, President Obama announced that the United States would be joining a “broad coalition” taking immediate military action in Libya. The president indicated that using force is not his first choice, that as recently as yesterday the international community offered Gaddafi the…

BREAKING: US fires missiles against Libyan air defense

Despite concern about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s cool language that the United States would “support” international military action against Libya, the U.S. launched its first missiles in Libya just after 3:30 p.m. EST Saturday, according to CNN, which cites Pentagon officials. The missiles landed near Tripoli and Misrata, in…

Armed men attack Reuters Gaza bureau

GAZA (Reuters) – Several armed men entered Reuters’ office in Gaza on Saturday, threatened employees with guns and took away a video camera, apparently after they spotted a reporter filming a demonstration from the building. The men struck one Reuters journalist on the arm with a metal bar and threatened to…

Japan mulls Fukushima food sale ban

VIENNA (Reuters) – Japan is considering whether to halt sales of food products from near a crippled nuclear plant because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk, the U.N. atomic agency said. “There is an investigation into the possible need to stop food sales,” Graham Andrew, a senior…

Clinton: US seeks dialogue with Bahrain

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Bahrain’s leaders to make good on offers of dialogue with anti-government protesters, although it recognizes the tiny state’s right to call in security help from its Gulf neighbors, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. “We have made clear that security alone cannot…

Egyptian crowd attacks ElBaradei at voting station

CAIRO (Reuters) – A crowd of people blocked Mohamed ElBaradei from entering a polling station in Cairo on Saturday to cast a vote in Egypt’s constitutional referendum, shoving him and smashing his car window with rocks as he left. “We don’t want you, we don’t want you,” a crowd of youths chanted at…

Gunmen kill 10 in Mexican resort town bar

MEXICO CITY — Ten people were fatally shot when gunmen stormed into a nightclub and opened fire early Saturday in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco, police said. Four others were wounded in the early morning shooting in Acapulco, which has seen a wave of drug killings as gang violence…

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