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Libya Not Complying with Cease-fire -Ban

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is no evidence to support Libyan assertions that it is complying with a cease-fire. In a briefing to the U.N. Security Council Thursday, the U.N. chief said he continues to have serious concerns about the protection of civilians, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law

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Libya Airstrikes Enters 6th Day

Several explosions were reported east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Thursday, as a U.N.-approved military operation to enforce a no fly zone over the country entered its sixth day. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi had resumed their assault on the western city of Misrata Wednesday after Western planes had temporarily halted the government attacks with a series of airstrikes

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Japanese Nuclear Plant Workers Hospitalized

Japanese officials say two emergency workers at the country's crippled nuclear plant have been hospitalized with lesions on their legs after being exposed to excessive levels of radiation. A spokesman for the nuclear safety agency said Thursday three workers received radiation in excess of legal limits while working to repair vital cooling pumps at the Fukushima nuclear plant's number 3 reactor, considered the most dangerous of because its fuel rods include unstable plutonium

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Former President of Israel Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

An Israeli court has sentenced former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to seven years in prison for rape and other sexual assault offenses. Katsav was convicted in December of raping a former employee twice and molesting or sexually harassing two other women. Katsav had denied the charges and turned down a plea bargain, opting instead for a trial to clear his name

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Gadhafi Must be Captured, Put on Trial, Says OppositionLeader

A Libyan opposition leader says coalition forces enforcing the U.N-authorized no-fly zone over Libya should capture leader Moammar Gadhafi so that he can be put on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity. Hadi Shalluf, president of the Justice and Democracy Party of Libya, says the opposition is not ready to negotiate with Gadhafi because, in his words, the Libyan leader is a criminal

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Greece, Macedonia clash at UN over name

Macedonia took its two-decade-old dispute with Greece over its name to the United Nations' highest court on Monday. The two countries have been at loggerheads since Skopje declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1992. Greece has demanded that Macedonia change its name, which is also the name of a Greek region, and has blocked Macedonia's bid to become a member of NATO

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Plane Shot Down in Libya

Witnesses in Libya say a fighter plane was shot down over the rebel stronghold of Benghazi Saturday. Frequent explosions have also been heard in the area. The renewed violence erupted after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's declared a cease-fire Friday and said he was ready to open channels of dialogue with the rebel opposition

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President Obama Lays Down Conditions for Gadhafi

President Barack Obama warned Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Friday that he must stop attacking civilians or face a no-fly zone enforced with U.S. help. The president said the United States, however, will not send ground troops to Libya. Obama said the United States is ready to help European and Arab nations impose a no-fly zone on Libyan government forces if they continue military attacks on civilians

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British Woman Convicted of Enslaving Worker From Africa

A British judge has convicted a former hospital director of trafficking a woman from Tanzania and enslaving her. The judge ordered Saeeda Khan to pay Mwanahamisi Mruke $40,000, but her nine-month jail sentence was suspended. Khan brought Mruke from Tanzania four years ago, where she worked in a hospital she owned

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Saif al-Islam: Libya gave money to Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign

The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says Libya helped finance the campaign of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and now wants the money back. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi has told France-based Euronews television that Libyan funds were poured into Sarkozy's 2007 campaign so France could help the Libyan people. But he said Sarkozy has disappointed them. Gadhafi said Libya has documentary evidence of the contributions and is ready to reveal everything

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Man sets himself ablaze in China

Tibetan rights groups say police in China's Sichuan province broke up protests and surrounded a monastery after a Tibetan monk set himself on fire and died Wednesday. The International Campaign for Tibet says police beat the 21-year-old monk after he set himself on fire near the Kirti monastery in Ngaba

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Palestinians Rally for Political Unity

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have rallied in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to call for reconciliation between rival Palestinian governments based in the two territories. Tuesday's rallies in Gaza City and several parts of the West Bank were organized through Facebook by Internet activists calling themselves the “March 15 Youth.”

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Second explosion strikes Japan’s nuclear power plant

A second explosion has rocked a nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant is in an area that was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami on Friday. The explosion occurred mid-morning Monday, while workers were battling to bring down temperatures inside the Fukushima Number One nuclear power plant's number three reactor

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British soldiers captured in Libya

Britain'sSunday Times reports Libyan rebel forces have captured as many as eight British special forces soldiers and a junior diplomat in the east of the country, TheTimes said the unit was on a covert mission to put the diplomat in touch with rebel leaders. The British Foreign Ministry would “neither confirm not deny” the report

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