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AP Exclusive: Gadhafi Asks Obama to End Air War

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is appealing to President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime. In a letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press, Gadhafi implores Obama to stop what he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."

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Climbers Launch Expedition To Clear Everest Trash

Posted: 04/05/2011 - A team of mountaineers led by a veteran Sherpa guide flew Wednesday to Mount Everest on an expedition to clear away tons of trash left on the world's highest peak.

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Former President Of Central African Republic Dies

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Ange-Felix Patasse, who led the desperately poor nation of Central African Republic for a decade before being ousted in a 2003 coup, has died at a hospital in neighboring Cameroon, officials said. He was 74.

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Japan Nuclear Plant Plugs Highly Radioactive Leak

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Workers at Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant on Wednesday finally halted a leak that was sending a tide of radioactive water into the Pacific and exacerbating concerns over the safety of seafood, the operator said.

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Ecuador Expels US Ambassador In WikiLeaks Flap

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Ecuador said Tuesday it is expelling the U.S. ambassador over a diplomatic cable divulged by WikiLeaks that accuses a newly retired police chief of a long history of corruption and speculates that President Rafael Correa was aware of it.

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Ivory Coast Strongman Says He's Not Stepping Down

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Ivory Coast's strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence Tuesday, defiantly maintaining he won the election four months ago even as troops backing the internationally recognized winner encircled the home.

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2 Americans Killed At Tijuana Border Crossing

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Two men who prosecutors tentatively identified as U.S. citizens were shot to death in their vehicle early Monday as they waited at a Tijuana-area border crossing to enter the United States.

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Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly Wins Haiti Election

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly scored a come-from-behind victory Monday in Haiti's presidential runoff, according to preliminary results from last month's election showing he easily defeated a former first lady for the leadership of a country facing enormous challenges.

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Final Battle Rages In Ivory Coast

Posted: 04/04/2011 - The United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters Monday on the arsenal of this country's entrenched ruler, as columns of foot soldiers finally pierced the city limit and surrounded the strongman's home.

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Mexican Border Police Deny Role In Disappearances

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Rights activists and relatives of four men missing in this border city raised questions Monday about whether officers of the city's new get-tough police chief were responsible for the men's disappearance.

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UN Helicopter Fires at Gbagbo Ivory Coast Forces

Posted: 04/04/2011 - A United Nations helicopter fired at strongman Laurent Gbagbo's forces on Monday as France authorized its military to take out his heavy weapons, an unprecedented escalation in the international community's efforts to oust the entrenched leader.

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Libya Rebels Push into Town They Lost Twice Before

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Rebel fighters pushed back into this hard-fought oil town on Monday, seizing half of Brega and pledging to drive out Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces in hours in an advance that would open a vital conduit for oil sales by the oppostion.

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Libyan Wounded Aboard Cruise Ship Turned Hospital

Posted: 04/03/2011 - From makeshift beds inside a cruise-ship-turned-hospital, wounded residents of a besieged Libyan city told Sunday of daily shelling, looting and sniping by Moammar Gadhafi's forces and called for the end of the Libyan ruler's 42-year reign.

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Engineers Pin Hopes on Polymer to Stop Nuke Leak

Posted: 04/03/2011 - Engineers pinned their hopes on chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop highly radioactive water pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials said it will take several months to bring the crisis under control, the first time they have provided a timetable.

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Ivory Coast Fighters Prepare to Oust Leader; 200 UN Personnel Evacuated

Posted: 04/03/2011 - The United Nations mission in Ivory Coast began moving some 200 employees out of the main city Sunday after repeated attacks on its headquarters, as fighters loyal to the internationally recognized president prepared for a battle to oust the incumbent leader.

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AP Interview: Libya Rebel Says They Seek Democracy

Posted: 04/03/2011 - Libyan rebels want to install a parliamentary democracy in place of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi, one of their top leaders said Sunday, dismissing Western fears that their movement could be hijacked by Islamic extremists.

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Tsunami Victims Angered by Government Focus on Nuke Crisis

Updated: 04/02/2011 - As Japan's prime minister visited tsunami-ravaged coastal areas for the first time Saturday, frustrated evacuees complained that the government has been too focused on the nuclear crisis that followed the massive wave.

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Gbagbo's Grip Slipping

Posted: 04/01/2011 - Laurent Gbagbo's 10-year grip on the Ivory Coast seemed to be in its final hours after fighters encircled both his residence and the presidential palace and battled to unseat the man who has refused to recognize his defeat in last year's election.

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Burrito Vendor And Son Killed by Gunmen

Posted: 04/01/2011 - Gunmen opened fire on a burrito truck in this border city, killing the vendor, his 10-year-old son and two other people Friday, a day after an attack on a nearby bar resulted in 10 deaths.

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14 Kidnapped By Gunmen in Philippines

Updated: 04/01/2011 - Police say gunmen in the restive southern Philippines have kidnapped 14 people, most of them teachers, and are demanding freedom for jailed relatives.

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25,000 Feared Dead in Japan

Posted: 04/01/2011 - Japan's prime minister promised Saturday to support the hundreds of thousands of people who lost everything in a massive tsunami as he set foot for the first time on the country's destroyed northeastern coast.

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