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Italy calls for an end to NATO’s bombing campaign in Libya

ROME (AFP) – Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power. “We have seen the effects of the crisis and therefore also of NATO…

Obama insists Libya action legal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama insisted that the current US military action in Libya was legal, rejecting rising criticism from Congress over the goals and justification of the operation. In a 30-page report to lawmakers, the White House argued that US participation in the NATO-led assault on Moamer Kadhafi’s…

Clinton heads to UAE for talks on Libya

SHANNON, Ireland (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew Wednesday to the Gulf to consult with countries backing military action in Libya and looking at more ways to help the Libyan opposition. The talks in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Thursday come after President Barack Obama said…

NATO air strike targets Gaddafi’s intelligence headquarters

TRIPOLI – NATO air raids targeted the military intelligence headquarters of Moamer Kadhafi’s battered regime on Monday, ahead of a visit to Libya by an envoy from Russia which has raised concerns about the scope of the military campaign. Royal Air Force Tornado and Typhoon warplanes hit the military intelligence…

Democrats and Republicans press Obama on Libya conflict

The House of Representatives has chided President Barack Obama for failing to obtain congressional approval of US military action in Libya, and demanded answers about his objectives. Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s resolution, approved on a 268-145 vote, stopped short of calling for an end to the mission, but rebuked…

Endeavour spacewalk marks 1,000 hours on station work

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The crew of the US space shuttle Endeavour wrapped up their fourth and final spacewalk Friday, a walkabout that surpassed the 1,000th hour of such trips to build the International Space Station. The marathon seven hour, 24 minute spacewalk began at 7:39 am (0415 GMT) and mission…

Britain’s forces withdraw from Iraq

BAGHDAD — Britain concluded its naval training mission in Iraq on Sunday, more than eight years after it contributed the second largest contingent of troops to the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Despite having pulled out the vast majority of its troops in mid-2009, Britain’s Royal Navy has continued…

US shuttle Endeavour docks at space station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour, with six astronauts on board including an Italian, docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, NASA said. The docking, the next to last for the US shuttle program, took place at 1014 GMT, according to a commentator on NASA TV, which…

Space shuttle Endeavour begins countdown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Countdown has begun for the final flight of the Endeavour, scheduled to lift off Monday on the American space program’s second to last mission to the International Space Station. Astronauts will deliver a potent physics experiment to probe the origins of the universe during the 16-day…

Obama on ’60 Minutes’: Osama bin Laden mission was ‘worth the risk’

In a pre-taped interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Barack Obama said that he didn’t regret the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. “As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn’t lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin…

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