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    NATO won't apologize expresses regret over friendly-fire strike on Libyan rebels saying it was not informed they had tanks. (New York Times)

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini discuss the possibility of supplying Libyan rebels, Gadhafi exile. (Bloomberg)

    United States was told of plot to oust Yemeni leader, cables reveal. (Washington Post)

    Yemen tricked Saudis into bombing the Saleh regime's rival. (Guardian/WikiLeaks)

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    Washington and its allies may still be learning who are the Libya rebels they have awkwardly elected to back as part of the global intervention to restrain Libyan leader Muammer Gadhafi from massacring his citizens. But as the allied coalition's effort wears on, another question is starting to gain paramount importance: Can the rebel forces be counted on to mount an effective advance against pro-Gadhafi troops?

    So far, virtually all observers--even those without higher-level security clearances--would be hard pressed to escape the conclusion that the answer is "no."

    Indeed, according to this account by the New York Times' C.J. Chivers, the Libyan rebels are rather tragi-comically inept on the battlefield:

    By almost all measures by which a military might be assessed, they are a hapless bunch. They have almost no communication equipment. There is no visible officer or noncommissioned officer corps. Their weapons are a mishmash of hastily acquired arms, which few of them know how to use.

    With only weeks of fighting experience, they lack an understanding of the fundamentals of offensive and defensive combat, or how to organize fire support. They fire recklessly and sometimes accidentally. Most of them have yet to learn how to hold seized ground, or to protect themselves from their battlefield's persistent rocket and mortar fire, which might be done by simply digging in.

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  • New magnitude 7.1 earthquake off Japan

    BBCjapan_earthquake_sendai_0411The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that there has been a 7.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sendai, Japan.

    The quake, originally measured as magnitude 7.4, was registered at 11:32 p.m. local time.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter is 41 miles east of Sendai, Japan, and 72 miles northeast of the country's beleaguered Fukushima nuclear complex. It shook buildings as far away as Tokyo, some 200 miles from the epicenter, the BBC reported.

    A new tsunami warning issued for northeastern Japan has since been lifted, news agencies reported.

    TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, said no new damage has been seen at the Fukushima nuclear complex.

    Japan has been struggling to recover from last month's devastating magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that has killed more than 10,000 people, with many thousands more missing. The much larger March 11th quake is the largest in Japan's recorded history.

    (Map of new magnitude 7.1 earthquake epicenter that

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  • Early Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.08 or .4 percent, to $18.14. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose $.08 or 1.7 percent, to $4.71. GoldCorp. fell $.11 or .4 percent, ...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at 1 p.m.: PSB Holdings Inc. fell 8.9 percent to $7.15. Applied Genetic Tech fell 7.4 percent to $17.02. OncoMed Pharma fell 7.0 percent to $20.07. ...

  • Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress Details
    Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress Details

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt surprised the world with news of their wedding, which took place last weekend in Correns, France at Chateau Miraval – and now, everyone is wondering what the bride wore on her big day! According to E! News, the actress, 39, wore a white dress for the ceremony. The source went to say that Angelina also wore a veil and, "definitely wore something that once belonged to [her mother] Marcheline Bertrand. The designer for Angelina's dress has yet to be revealed.

  • France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
    France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.

  • Britain poorer than all US states except Mississippi

    Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. The Spectator's Fraser Nelson did the math and explains “Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi.” His methodology is pretty straightforward: You take the US figures for GDP per state (here), divide it by population (here) to come up with a GDP per capita figure. Then get the equivalent figure for Britain: I used the latest Treasury figures (here) which also chime with the OECD’s (here).

  • U.S. says no precise threat to homeland from Islamic State
    U.S. says no precise threat to homeland from Islamic State

    By Doina Chiacu and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not aware of any specific threat to the U.S. Islamic State militants and their supporters, however, "have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

  • Flight returns, 2 women facing charges
    Flight returns, 2 women facing charges

    TORONTO (AP) — Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort.

  • NYC developer makes changes in 'poor door' design

    NEW YORK (AP) — A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called "poor door" is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday.

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