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‘Brave New World’ the third most censored book in America, librarians say

Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World placed third in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010. The most common reason the futuristic novel, written by the British author in 1931 and published in 1932, was requested to be restricted or…

Obama steps up pressure as Libya jets strike

BREGA, Libya – Libyan jets struck rebel positions Thursday as US President Barack Obama stepped up demands that Moamer Kadhafi cede power and his Russian counterpart warned of an impending civil war. Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez joined the diplomatic offensive, proposing an international mediation mission to pull the North African…

Somali anti-insurgent push leaves 50 dead

MOGADISHU – Somali government forces backed by African Union troops on Wednesday launched a fresh offensive against Al Qaeda-inspired rebels, leaving at least 50 people dead nationwide, witnesses said. “We have counted at least 20 civilians killed,” Ali Muse, head of the Mogadishu ambulance service said. Residents spoke of one…

US forces hold Afghans back to ‘prove’ town safe for Gates visit

The National Security writer for the Associated Press saw through the propaganda, but she apparently decided to run with it anyway. “Defense Secretary Robert Gates, aiming to show progress in the expanded war against insurgents in south Afghanistan, took a brief, heavily guarded walk Tuesday down a rutted street in…

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