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Barney Frank: Reduce the deficit by slashing military spending

Though he drew a less-than-capacity crowd at the early morning plenary of the Take Back The American Dream summit (and skipped answering questions in favor of an appearance on the CBS Morning show), Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) appearance got his lefty audience on their feet for his speech about cutting…

Russia air crash death toll rises to 46

MOSCOW (AFP) – The death toll from the air crash in northern Russia rose to 46 on Sunday after one of seven people who survived the disaster died of her injuries in hospital, officials said. The female victim, who was not named, died in hospital in Moscow overnight where she…

Revealed: Pollution kills more in Afghan capital than war

KABUL (AFP) – War may kill thousands of civilians a year in Afghanistan, but choking air pollution in the capital Kabul is more deadly, experts say. Signs of the silent killer — pollutants emitted by old cars, poor quality fuel and people burning trash — are everywhere on the city’s…

Britain readies ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain is to add “bunker-busting” bombs to the arsenal its warplanes are using over Libya, a weapon it said on Sunday would send a loud message to Muammar Gaddafi that it is time to quit. Britain and other NATO powers are ratcheting up their military intervention in…

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…

Prospects fade for military overthrow of Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan government forces tried to storm into the besieged city of Misrata on Friday as NATO generals acknowledged their air power was not enough to help insurgents remove Muammar Gaddafi by force alone. Misrata, a lone rebel outpost in the west of the country, has been under…

Libya rebels slam NATO over besieged city’s plight

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels hit out at the NATO-led air mission on Tuesday saying that it was failing in its UN mandate to protect civilians in the besieged third city of Misrata. The accusation came as the rebels sustained their first significant loss of territory to Moamer Kadhafi’s forces…

Outgunned Libyan rebels on the run as air strikes resume

AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan rebels were driven back some 200 kilometres by the superior firepower of Moamer Kadhafi’s forces on Wednesday in a chaotic stampede which saw them yield most of the ground their recent advances had secured. But the first air strike in two days against loyalist positions in…

As clash continues, Gaddafi accuses Westerners of massacre

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s better armed and organized troops reversed the westward charge of Libyan rebels as world powers gathered in London on Tuesday to plot the country’s future without the “brother leader.” Ahead of the conference,President Barack Obama told Americans in a televised address that U.S. forces would not…

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…

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