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US Likely to Keep Combat Role After Libya Shift

Posted: 03/24/2011 - The United States welcomed a partial handover for the Libyan air campaign to NATO on Thursday, but the allies apparently balked at assuming full control and the U.S. military was left in charge of the brunt of combat.

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At Least One Dead in 6.8 Earthquake in Myanmar

Updated: 03/24/2011 - A powerful earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated.

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Religion to Vanish from Some Democracies

Posted: 03/24/2011 - Organized religion will all but vanish from nine Western-style democracies in the future. That's according to a group of mathematicians who analyzed census data over the past century.

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Mexico, Ecuador Bust Transnational Drug Operation

Posted: 03/23/2011 - Mexican authorities detained an in-law of top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who allegedly ran a transnational drug operation that reached as far as Ecuador, federal police said Wednesday.

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Bombing Kills 5 At Police Station In Pakistan

Posted: 03/23/2011 - A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing five and wounding more than two dozen people, police said.

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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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