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World News Headlines of March 20

Japan tragedy seared into the world’s imagination

TOKYO-There are events in history that sear themselves into the world’s collective imagination, and enter the realm where myth meets heartbreaking reality. Japan’s tragedy is one of those events. Already, it seems reasonable to surmise it could prove one of the most significant calamities of our time — one that shapes policies, economies, even…

Allies Hit Libya

U.S., Britain, France target Gadhafi forces with air strikes By Ryan Lucas and Hadeel Al-Shalchi Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya – The United States and European nations pounded Libya with cruise missiles and air strikes targeting Moammar Gadhafi’s forces Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support…

Obama launches Latin America tour in Brazil

Brasilia: US President Barack Obama was given a red-carpet welcome to Brazil on Saturday beginning a five-day Latin American trip as United Nations-backed military strikes against Libya seemed imminent. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff greeted Obama, who received full honours including a 21-gun salute when he and First Lady Michelle Obama entered…

World leaders launch military action in Libya

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said after an emergency summit in Paris that French jets were already targeting Kadafi’s forces….

Libya Rebels Shoot Down Warplane Bombing Their Stronghold

BENGHAZI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the heart of the 5-week-old uprising on Saturday, sending troops, tanks and warplanes to swarm the first city seized by the rebels. Crashing shells shook buildings, and the sounds of battle drew closer to Benghazi’s center. “Where is France, where is NATO?”…

Egyptians Vote in Constitutional Referendum

By MATT BRADLEY and MATTHEW ROSENBERG CAIRO—An early test of Egypt’s emerging democracy began Saturday as Egyptians thronged polls to cast ballots in a constitutional referendum—a vote that, for the first time in decades, offered people a chance to take part in an election with a result that was far from pre-determined. Long and orderly…

U.S. vows support for UN Libya plan

WASHINGTON — As Western powers and Arab allies prepared to meet today for an emergency summit on Libya, President Barack Obama pledged to support a U.N.-backed military campaign against Moammar Gadhafi but said that he wouldn’t send troops to Libyan soil or take over the operation. Obama’s comments, a day after the U.N. Security Council authorized…

Race is on to restart Japan reactor cooling systems

TOKYO — Scrambling to corral a widening crisis, engineers linked a power cable to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station early today as they struggled to restart systems designed to prevent overheating and keep radiation from escaping. The Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the station 140 miles north of the capital, said it hoped…

Obama gives ultimatum to Gaddafi, urging immediate cease-fire+

WASHINGTON, March 18 (AP) – (Kyodo)—U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday presented an effective ultimatum to embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, calling for implementing a cease-fire immediately in line with a U.N. Security Council…

Libya conflict sees Britain accused of launching ‘new war’ in Middle East

Stop the War Coalition say airstrikes by UK and US will strengthen, not weaken Muammar Gaddafi’s position Labour MP John McDonnell has ‘grave and serious’ concerns over the use of force by western powers in the region.

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Important Events on March 20

March 20: Purim ends at sundown (Judaism, 2011); Equinox Earth Day (2011); Nowruz in Iran, Central Asia, and Zoroastrianism (2011); Independence Day in Tunisia (1956)

Chemical structure of Zidovudine (AZT)

  • 235 – Maximinus Thrax succeeded to the throne of the Roman Empire, the first of the so-called barracks emperors who gained power by virtue of his command of the army.
  • 1602 – The Dutch East India Company was established.
  • 1923 – Arts Club of Chicago hosted the opening of Pablo Picasso’s first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the U.S.
  • 1944 – World War II: Four thousand U.S. Marines made a landing on Emirau Island in the Bismarck Archipelago to develop an airbase as part of Operation Cartwheel.
  • 1987 – The antiretroviral drug zidovudine (AZT) (chemical structure pictured) became the first antiviral medication approved for use against HIV and AIDS.

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