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US military ‘fully involved’ in talks on Libya options

WASHINGTON – The US military has been “fully involved” in high-level talks on Washington’s response to the crisis in Libya and is assessing options to be presented to the White House, a senior US official said Thursday. “We have a wide range of tools — financial, sanctions, multilateral actions —…

Obama tells world to unite against Libya bloodshed

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama told the world Wednesday to unite to hold Libya accountable for a vicious protest crackdown, stiffening a US response to the crisis that critics had cast as too mild. In his first televised response to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s decision to unleash vengeance on…

US eyes sanctions against Libya

WASHINGTON – The United States is mulling a “full range of tools” including sanctions against Libya to stop a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters there, the State Department said Wednesday. “We’re looking at a full range of tools and options that are available to us to achieve our goals of…

US weighs ‘appropriate’ response on Libya: official

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama is “considering all appropriate actions” on Libya, an administration official said Monday, urging Moamer Kadhafi’s regime not to use force against raging protests. Angry Libyan demonstrators attacked the state broadcaster and set government buildings ablaze on Monday as the leader’s son warned that the…

Conflicting reports as Egypt denies barring Iran ships

CAIRO — Iran was pushing Egypt on Thursday to allow two of its warships to pass through the Suez Canal, amid conflicting reports from Cairo about the Egyptian response and despite warnings from Israel. Iranian warships have not entered the Mediterranean through the canal since 1979, and Israel says any…

Google unveils Web-free ‘tweeting’ for Egypt

SAN FRANCISCO – Google, in response to the Internet blockade in Egypt, said Monday that it had created a way to post messages to microblogging service Twitter by making telephone calls. Google worked with Twitter and freshly acquired SayNow, a startup specializing in social online voice platforms, to make it…

Republican prepares bill to let lawmakers carry guns on House floor

In response to gun control bills put forth by members of both parties in the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is planning to introduce legislation that permits lawmakers to carry firearms on the floor of the House and in Washington, DC. “There is a rash of…

‘Humor writer’ names Olbermann a ‘target’ after Giffords shooting

A self-described humorist named a liberal cable news host a “target” on her blog the day after he denounced incendiary political rhetoric in response to an Arizona shooting that claimed the lives of six people, including a federal judge, a congressperson’s aide, and a child. Andrea Rouda’s post entitled “Speaking of Target…

WikiLeaks inspires sanitary pad ad in Pakistan

KARACHI — Pakistani advertisers in the feminine hygiene business have harnessed the political notoriety of WikiLeaks to tell women that while the US State Department might leak, they don’t have to. Advertising sanitary pads on selected billboards in Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi, the latest catchphrase is: “WikiLeaks… Butterfly doesn’t”. Leaked…

South Korean jets will bomb North if it attacks again

South Korea’s next defense chief threatens jets will bomb North Korea if it attacks again South Korea’s next defense chief threatened Friday that jets would bomb the North if it stages another attack like last week’s deadly shelling as he outlined a tough new military policy toward the rival neighbor.…

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