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Deal set for NATO to lead Libya ‘no-fly ‘ mission

WASHINGTON – NATO will assume leadership from the United States of patrolling the skies over Libya, but the military alliance remains divided over who will command aggressive coalition airstrikes on Moammar Khadafy’s ground troops, NATO and US officials said yesterday. After a day of confusion and conflicting reports out of NATO headquarters in…

Egypt’s revolutionaries say abusive treatment persists

Egypt: Revolution in doubt? Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — “Where is the revolution going, the revolution that began in Tahrir Square?” asked a short brunette holding a microphone. “What happened to the revolution we created?” Human rights lawyer Ragia Omran repeated the question before a crowd of activists, concerned citizens and politicians from parties…

Video shows police in Manaus, Brazil, shooting teenage boy

FIVE police officers have been detained after Brazilian television released amateur video that shows officers repeatedly shooting a 14-year-old boy. The boy survived but was seriously…

BP’s deal with Rosneft on the verge of collapse

BP’s controversial $16bn share swap and arctic exploration deal with Russia’s Rosneft was thrown into disarray last night, with an independent arbitration panel ruling it could not go ahead. The ruling dealt a potentially fatal blow to BP’s most ambitious attempt to move beyond the crisis of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year.

NATO countries to enforce Libya no-fly zone

NATO countries have agreed to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya “to protect civilians” against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters. He said the military alliance’s mandate did not go beyond the no-fly zone but NATO could also act in self-defence.

Syria: President offers freedoms after forces kill 37

Deraa: President Bashar al-Assad made an unprecedented pledge of greater freedom and more prosperity to Syrians Thursday as anger mounted following a crackdown on protesters that left at least 37 dead. As an aide to Assad in Damascus read out a list of decrees, which included a possible end to 48 years of emergency rule, a human rights group said a…

Ex-Ukraine President Charged

Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine—Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said he has been charged in the brutal slaying of an…

Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — Portugal’s political crisis and uncertainty over the true scale of problems at Irish banks dominated a summit of European Union leaders that was designed to finally put an end to the region’s crippling debt crisis. The summit was going to be the day for EU leaders to give their final approval to the overhaul of their crisis…

Workers suffer radiation poisoning

TWO emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been admitted to hospital suffering from radiation injuries….

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