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Published: 03/16/11

Libyan Envoy Says UN Must Enact No-Fly Zone Immediately

By  Betwa Sharma - AOL News
Libyan Envoy Says UN Must Enact No-Fly Zone Immediately

UNITED NATIONS -- Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy envoy to the U.N. who has turned against Moammar Gadhafi, said Wednesday the U.N. Security Council had 10 hours to pass a resolution imposing a no-fly zone in Libya and possibly authorizing airstrikes. "We think Col. Gadhafi today has lost his mind," Dabbashi told journalists, explaining that Gadhafi's forces had instructions to "destroy everything and kill whoever you find" in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. Chris Hondros, Getty Images Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the U.N., warned Wednesday that the Security...

Published: 03/14/11

US Eyes Libyan Opposition; Allies Call for Action

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US Eyes Libyan Opposition; Allies Call for Action

PARIS -- Under pressure from allies and growing calls for military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration on Monday held its first high-level talks with the Libyan opposition and introduced a liaison to deal full time with their ranks. But it remained undecided about exactly how much support to lend a group it still knows little about while turmoil and uncertainty increase across the Arab world. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a late-night, 45-minute meeting with a senior Libyan opposition figure after discussing the widening crisis with French President Nicolas...

Published: 03/13/11

Clinton Spokesman Resigns After WikiLeaks Flap

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Clinton Spokesman Resigns After WikiLeaks Flap

WASHINGTON - Chief State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley quit on Sunday after causing a stir by describing the Army's treatment of the suspected WikiLeaks leaker as "ridiculous" and "stupid," pointed words that forced President Barack Obama to defend the detention as appropriate. "Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation" to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a department statement attributed to the office of the spokesman. In a separate statement released simultaneously, Clinton said she had accepted the...

Published: 03/10/11

US, Europe Increase Diplomatic Pressure on Libya

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US, Europe Increase Diplomatic Pressure on Libya

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration cut ties Thursday with Libya's embassy in the United States and announced high-level meetings with opposition leaders, as France became the first nation to recognize the governing council fighting against Moammar Gadhafi's regime. As Western powers examined their military options, the U.S. warned that a go-it-alone approach in Libya could have unforeseeable and devastating consequences. "We're looking to see whether there is any willingness in the international community to provide any authorization for further steps," she said. "Absent international...

Published: 03/9/11

White House Backpedals From Military Action on Libya

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White House Backpedals From Military Action on Libya

The Obama administration today stepped back from the prospect of imminent U.S. military action to support rebel forces in Libya, voicing reluctance to enforce a no-fly zone without United Nations approval. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, CIA Director Leon Panetta and other national security "principals" were meeting in the White House situation room to discuss administration options for Libya. Roberto Pfeil, AP NATO announced Monday that it will launch 24-hour air surveillance of Libya with AWACS reconnaissance aircraft like this one as the military alliance plans...

Published: 03/6/11

Sarah Palin's India Trip: Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela Have Made Same Journey

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Sarah Palin's India Trip: Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela Have Made Same Journey

The jokes are already flying as Sarah Palin prepares to embark on a trip to India later this month, and more are surely to come. Will she rock a sari? Perhaps guest star in a Bollywood movie? Or bathe in the Ganges for a photo op? Palin has been invited to give the keynote address, "My Vision of America," at the two-day India Today conclave in New Delhi, an event hosted annually by the magazine since 2002. The March 18-19 event is sponsored by global business heavyweight Aditya Birla Group, a billion-dollar metals company, along with a bevy of industry co-sponsors. The news came in late...

Published: 03/3/11

Robert Levinson: 5 Facts About the Retired FBI Agent Found After Disappearing in Iran

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Robert Levinson: 5 Facts About the Retired FBI Agent Found After Disappearing in Iran

The Associated Press reports that Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007, has been found alive. U.S. officials have not said what proof of his survival has been obtained. More information is expected to be released later today. Surge Desk has five facts on Levinson, whose family reportedly learned he was alive late last year. 1. He was in Iran as a private investigator After retiring from the FBI in 1998, Levinson worked as a private investigator. According to his relatives, a cigarette smuggling investigation took him to Kish, a resort island and free trade...

Published: 03/2/11

The Dish on First Ladies, From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

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The Dish on First Ladies, From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON -- If President Barack Obama wants to expand broadband coverage to most Americans, he might want to start at home. That's because, according to first lady Michelle Obama's former chief of staff, the upstairs residence of the White House isn't wireless. Not only that, but Susan Sher said there is just one phone in the official living quarters, forcing the Obamas to dash from room to room when it rings. "It's sort of quaint," said Sher, who left the East Wing in January to return home to Chicago. The behind-the-scenes revelation was among the many shared by former White House...

Published: 03/1/11

UN Suspends Libya From Human Rights Council

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UN Suspends Libya From Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS -- In another attempt to stop Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's brutal crackdown on civilians, all the U.N. countries today adopted a resolution to suspend Libya from the U.N. Human Rights Council. "This is a harsh rebuke but one that Libyan leaders have brought upon themselves," said Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. This is the first time the 192-member U.N. General Assembly has suspended a country from the 47-member body based in Geneva. Bebeto Matthews, AP U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks in the U.N. General Assembly before a vote to...

Published: 02/28/11

US, Europe Intensify Efforts to Isolate Gadhafi

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US, Europe Intensify Efforts to Isolate Gadhafi

WASHINGTON -- The United States and European allies intensified efforts to isolate Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Monday, redoubling demands for him to step down, questioning his mental state and warning that those who stay loyal to him risk losing their wealth and being prosecuted for human rights abuses. Europe, which buys most of Libya's oil exports, outlined fresh sanctions to force the dictator to stop attacks on civilians and step down after 42 years of iron-fisted rule. The European Union issued travel bans and an asset freeze against senior Libyan officials, and ordered an arms...

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