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Libyan rebel leader says NATO isn't doing enough

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO Tuesday, saying it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. The alliance said ruler Moammar Gadhafi's forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes....

South Sudan police academy mired in abuse scandal

JUBA, Sudan (AP) -- U.N. investigators say police recruits were beaten to death, sexually assaulted and forced to stand for hours in the blazing sun as part of a training program funded by international donors, demonstrating the challenges ahead for what will soon be the world's newest nation....

Russian military to purchase 600 planes, 100 ships

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will spend $650 billion to equip its dilapidated military with 600 new warplanes, 100 ships and 1,000 helicopters by 2020, Defense Ministry officials were quoted as saying Thursday....

Kurdish protests mar 'The Other Iraq'

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- A city that stands out in Iraq for its quality of life - the electricity works, the water's clean and there's even a bowling alley - has turned violent and tense in the past week as at least four protesters have been killed in marches against cronyism and corruption....

Gadhafi survival means weak army, co-opted tribes

CAIRO (AP) -- Moammar Gadhafi never trusted his own army....

Pakistan's intelligence ready to split with CIA

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's ISI spy agency is ready to split with the CIA because of frustration over what it calls heavy-handed pressure and its anger over what it believes is a covert U.S. operation involving hundreds of contract spies, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with U.S. and Pakistani officials....

Libyan city celebrates freedom from Gadhafi

TOBRUK, Libya (AP) -- Thousands in the coastal town of Tobruk celebrated their freedom from Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday by waving flags of the old monarchy, honking horns and firing guns in the air around a city square where he once executed people....

Oil price passes $99 per barrel

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oil prices rose past $99 a barrel on Wednesday as forces loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi clashed with protesters expanding their control over parts of the country....

UK: Separating couples must try talks before court

LONDON (AP) -- Separating couples will be ordered to try mediation to resolve disputes over their break up before heading to court, Britain said Wednesday in a move aimed at reducing the number of people who end up embroiled in costly divorce battles....

Report: Ex-minister says Gadhafi ordered Lockerbie

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Libya's ex-justice minister on Wednesday was quoted as telling a Swedish newspaper that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in 1988....

Saudi opens its wallet to stave off protests

CAIRO (AP) -- As Saudi Arabia's 86-year-old monarch returned home from back surgery, his government tried to get ahead of potential unrest in the oil-rich country Wednesday by announcing an unprecedented economic package that will provide Saudis interest-free home loans, unemployment assistance and sweeping debt forgiveness....

Wikileaks: Gadhafi family a web of greed, nepotism

CAIRO (AP) -- The children of Moammar Gadhafi were increasingly engaged in recent months in covering up scandals fit for a "Libyan soap opera," including negative publicity from extravagant displays of wealth, such as a million-dollar private concert by pop diva Beyonce, according to a new batch of secret diplomatic cables released Wednesday....

Europe longs to back Mideast change, fears chaos

BERLIN (AP) -- Revolutions hurtling through the Middle East have inspired millions of Europeans, who recall the awe they felt when communist regimes crumbled across the former Soviet bloc. But along with excitement come questions, fears and doubts - as the flames of revolt shoot up on the continent's very doorstep....

NATO: Afghan attrition remains stubbornly high

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Attrition rates in Afghan security forces remain stubbornly high, but there is no shortage of recruits so NATO still expects to meet its goal of having 305,000 Afghan soldiers and policemen by October, a general in the alliance said Wednesday....

Philippines recalls `86 revolt with eye on Mideast

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- From the fist-pumping crowds to the anguished dictators, the pro-reform revolts reshaping Arab history resemble the 1986 Philippine uprising that booted a strongman 25 years ago. But the similarity ends with the blazing guns that have mowed down protesters from Tunisia to Libya....

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