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Libya faces new sanctions from Europe, US

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s administration cut ties with Libya’s remaining representatives in the United States yesterday, and France became the first nation to recognize Moammar Khadafy’s opponents, adding diplomatic pressure on the Libyan government even as trans-Atlantic leaders stepped back from imminent military intervention.

Japan hit by 7.2 earthquake

The northeastern coast of Japan has been hit by a strong earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale. Authorities have not reported any damage to infrastructure or loss of life so…

Gaddafi forces enter key oil port, battle rebels

Brega: Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have entered the oil port of Ras Lanuf in the east of the country and are fighting for control of the town, rebels said on Friday.

Egypt sectarian strife kills 13, challenge to army

Cairo, March 10: Thirteen Egyptians were killed in violence between Christians and Muslims as sectarian tensions resurfaced in Cairo and a new government met for the first time on Wednesday, discussing how to restore law and order. The Health Ministry said the 13 people were killed and 140 wounded in violence on Tuesday night ignited by tensions…

Libya crisis: Rebellion or civil war?

Libya Revolt BBC team’s ordeal Options for intervention Uprising in maps Eyewitness: Tense days in Tripoli Colonel Muammar Gaddafi remains resolutely in power – at least in parts of the country – and appears to be making gains against rebel forces.

Dalai Lama says he’ll give up political role

DHARMSALA, India – The Dalai Lama said Thursday that he will give up his political role in Tibet’s government-in-exile, shifting that power to an elected representative.

Wisconsin Republicans pass parts of Budget Repair bill without Democrats present

Today the Wisconsin Republicans reframed arguably the most important part of Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) Budget Repair Bill in order to pass it without Democrats present. The Republicans sent the bill to conference committee where the separated the collective bargaining parts of the bill from the rest of the bill.

Clashes Kill 13 as Old Woes Beset New Egypt

By MATT BRADLEY And DAVID LUHNOW CAIRO—Clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims have killed more than a dozen people in recent days in Egypt, heightening a sense that the country’s postrevolutionary euphoria is yielding to enduring problems including sectarian violence, poverty and misogyny.

ElBaradei ‘to run’ for president

Mohammed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate and former head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, has said on a privately owned TV channel that he intends to run for president in Egypt’s 2011 presidential election. “When the door of presidential nominations opens, I intend to nominate myself,” ElBaradei said on ONTV channel on Wednesday.

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