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China Renews Push To Ban Smoking Starting May 1

Posted: 03/23/2011 - Chinese health authorities are renewing a push to ban smoking in indoor public places, adding more venues like hotels and restaurants as of May 1, though still excluding many workplaces.

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NATO Ships Patrol Sea; Gadafi Forces Roll Back

Posted: 03/23/2011 - NATO ships patrolled off Libya's coast Wednesday as airstrikes, missiles and energized rebels forced Moammar Gadhafi's tanks to roll back from two key western cities, including one that was the hometown of army officers who tried to overthrow him in 1993.

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Snipers, Shells, Tanks Terrorize Key Libyan City

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Moammar Gadhafi's snipers and tanks are terrorizing civilians in the coastal city of Misrata, a resident said, and the U.S. military warned Tuesday it was "considering all options" in response to dire conditions there that have left people cowering in darkened homes and scrounging for food and rainwater.

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Power Crumbling, Yemen Leader Warns of Civil War

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Yemen's U.S.-backed president, his support crumbling among political allies and the army, warned that the country could slide into a "bloody" civil war Tuesday as the opposition rejected his offer to step down by the end of the year. Tens of thousands protested in the capital demanding his immediate ouster, emboldened by top military commanders who joined their cause.

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More Missiles Launched Over Libya; US Jet Crashes

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Coalition forces pounded Libyan military targets with 24 more Tomahawk missiles, expanding the no-fly zone over the North African nation but suffering the loss of a U.S. fighter jet, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Power Lines Up In Progress At Japan Nuclear Plant

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Workers reconnected power lines to all six reactor units at Japan's radiation-leaking nuclear plant Tuesday, its operator said, marking a significant step in bringing the overheated complex under control.

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Yemen Leader Loses More of His Eroding Power Base

Posted: 03/21/2011 - A top military commander and at least 18 other senior officers defected Monday to the opposition movement demanding the ouster of Yemen's embattled president, depriving the U.S.-allied ruler of most of his power base.

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NATO Approves Plan to Enforce Libya Arms Embargo

Posted: 03/21/2011 - NATO's top decision-making body approved late Sunday a military plan to implement the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, but failed to agree on a plan for the alliance to enforce the no-fly zone over this north African country.

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Coalition Extending No Fly Zone Over Libya

Posted: 03/21/2011 - International forces continued air strikes against Libya on Monday, moving to expand the UN-approved no-fly zone after turning back government troops near the eastern rebel strong of Benghazi, the U.S. commander in the region said.

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Coalition Will Lead Libya Military Mission

Updated: 03/21/2011 - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Pentagon expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition - led either by the French and British or by NATO - "in a matter of days."

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President Obama in Brazil

Posted: 03/20/2011 - Immersing himself in Brazil's poverty and pride, President Barack Obama held up the South American nation as a model of democratic change.

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Gadhafi Vows 'Long War' After US, Allies Strike

Posted: 03/20/2011 - A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" after the U.S. and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and over 100 cruise missiles early Sunday, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases and shaking the Libyan capital with explosions and anti-aircraft fire.

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French Jets Sweep Libyan City Besieged By Gadhafi

Posted: 03/19/2011 - French fighter jets soared over a rebel-held city besieged by Moammar Gadhafi's troops on Saturday, the first mission for an international military force launched in support of the 5-week-old uprising.

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Egyptians Vote On Constitutional Changes

Posted: 03/18/2011 - Egyptians are voting on a package of constitutional amendments sponsored by Egypt's ruling military in what promises to be their first taste of a free vote in decades.

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UN Condemns Mortar Attack On Ivory Coast Market

Posted: 03/18/2011 - The mortar shell landed just feet (meters) from Sidibe Siaka as he and his seven close friends were eating lunch at their usual spot in their Abidjan neighborhood. Within minutes, all of his friends were dead.

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Obama to Gadhafi: Stop or Face Military Action

Updated: 03/18/2011 - President Barack Obama demanded Friday that Moammar Gadhafi halt all military attacks against civilians and said that if the Libyan leader did not stand down the United States would join in military action against him.

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