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  • Clinton meets the Libyan opposition–again

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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril on the sidelines of a London conference on Libya Tuesday. Meanwhile, world powers endorsed the opposition group selling oil on international markets.

    Clinton held a closed-door meeting with Jibril in Paris earlier this month. But unlike Tuesday's meeting, which was held at the British Foreign Office, no photos of that earlier and more tentative meeting were released.

    The 40 some U.S., European and Arab leaders attending the London Libya summit Tuesday also moved closer to granting the Libyan Transitional National Council the right to access some of the billions of dollars of Libyan regime assets frozen in accounts abroad, the Financial Times reports, as some leaders said they were open to a potential exile deal for Muammar Gadhafi:

    Libya's opposition Transitional National Council significantly boosted its relations with world powers confronting Colonel Muammer Gaddafi on Tuesday, winning the right to sell Libyan oil on international markets and getting potential access to hitherto frozen regime assets.

    As more than 40 nations convened in London for an international summit on the future of Libya, Qatar formally announced that it would facilitate the sale of Libyan oil in rebel held areas, delivering humanitarian goods in return. [...]

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  • Frontline obtains Manning stepmother 911 call

    Bradley-Manning-007For a forthcoming documentary on Wikileaks suspect PFC Bradley Manning, PBS's "Frontline" obtained the transcript of a 2006 911 call made by Manning's stepmother after he allegedly threatened her with a knife.

    Wired's Kim Zetter reports:

    A year before he entered the Army, police removed WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning from his father's home after he allegedly threatened his stepmother with a knife, according to a news report Tuesday.

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    In relatively brief remarks Monday night, President Barack Obama sought to strike a delicate balance, justifying his decision to use force in Libya while assuring a doubtful nation that the U.S. military actions would be limited and low-risk. Obama built his case for intervention by arguing that swift intervention in Libya was necessary to avert a humanitarian catastrophe on the scale of the 1990s Bosnia genocide. But while Obama repeatedly attacked Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi for creating that impending catastrophe, he insisted that international military action would stop well short of toppling the Libyan dictator, and declared that U.S. allies would soon take over leadership of the operation.

    "I said that America's role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners. Tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge," Obama said, saying the 28-member NATO alliance would take over command of all military functions in Libya starting on Wednesday.

    With Gadhafi's forces closing in on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi ten days ago, "the United States and the world faced a choice," Obama said at the National Defense University. "Gadhafi declared that he would show 'no mercy' to his own people. He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment."

    "We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi -- a city nearly the size of Charlotte -- could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world," Obama said. "It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen. And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing."

    While making the case for action to skeptics, Obama also defended the limited U.S. military mission in Libya from critics on the right who argue the mission will not succeed until Gadhafi is overthrown.

    "There is no question that Libya — and the world — will be better off with Gadhafi out of power," Obama said. "But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake."

    "If we tried to overthrow Gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground, or risk killing many civilians from the air," Obama said. "To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq."

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    Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar

    Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large. A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in ...

  • Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos
    Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly gone are the gang days of the 1980s and '90s, when the Bloods wore head-to-toe red, the Crips wore blue and Latin Kings wore black and gold.

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  • Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine
    Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev's forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia's borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. ...

  • China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka
    China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka

    China's President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased defence and maritime security cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighbouring India.

  • WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up
    WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up

    By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Monday it will start charging some economy passengers for their first checked bag, sending its stock, as well as the shares of rival Air Canada , up more than 6 percent. BMO Capital Markets analyst Fadi Chamoun said the change is likely to boost WestJet's earnings, and that Air Canada is likely to follow suit with a similar fee, strengthening its own results. ...

  • Ukraine ratifies landmark EU pact, offers self-rule in east
    Ukraine ratifies landmark EU pact, offers self-rule in east

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday ratified a landmark EU pact and adopted laws granting self-rule to the east in crucial votes that will shape the future of the splintered former Soviet state.

  • Scientists given rare glimpse of 350-kilo colossal squid
    Scientists given rare glimpse of 350-kilo colossal squid

    Wellington (AFP) - Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.

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