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2011 February


Feb 28 2011 North Korea Again Threatens South With War

SEOUL - South Korea and the United States on Monday began their annual extensive joint military exercises.  That has prompted a renewed war threat by North Korea.
More than 12,000 members of the U.S. military are joining 200,000 South Korean service members for the maneuvers.
North Korea warns the drills could lead to war.
South Korean media report […]


Feb 28 2011 Humanitarian Emergency Unfolds In Libya

NEW YORK - The United Nations refugee agency says almost 100,000 people have fled Libya into neighboring Egypt and Tunisia in the past week, to escape a deadly anti-government uprising.
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres asked the international community Sunday to provide quick and generous assistance to Egypt and Tunisia, so that they can […]


Feb 27 2011 UN Imposes Sanctions Against Moammar Gadhafi

NEW YORK - The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his immediate family and his top associates in connection with the regime’s deadly response to anti-government protests, and to refer the matter to a war crimes tribunal.
The resolution, passed Saturday evening, freezes the assets of Mr. […]


Feb 27 2011 Kuwait Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Liberation

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait has marked two decades of liberation from Iraq by staging a large military parade made up of servicemen from many of the coalition countries that took part in the Persian Gulf War.  A total of 34 nations helped to drive Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait 20 years ago, bringing the […]


Feb 27 2011 Gates Warns US Army To Restructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Friday that the U.S. Army must restructure itself or risk losing important mid-level leaders and not being prepared for the conflicts of the future. 
Secretary Gates traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York to speak to the Army’s future officers about their careers.  He […]


Feb 27 2011 Obama Calls For Gadhafi To Step Down

WASHINGTON - President Obama is calling for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately. The call came in a statement issued by the White House detailing a private phone conversation Mr. Obama had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In his phone call with Chancellor Merkel, according to the White House statement, President Obama shared “deep […]


Feb 26 2011 UN Hears Plea From Libyan Ambassador

NEW YORK - The Libyan ambassador to the United Nations made an impassioned appeal Friday to the U.N. Security Council, calling on the U.N.’s most powerful body to adopt a strong resolution and “save Libya.” His speech ended with him embracing his deputy, who had defected from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s camp earlier this week, […]


Feb 26 2011 US To Impose Unilateral Sanctions Against Libya

WASHINGTON - The United States is moving ahead with unilateral sanctions, and other steps in cooperation with international partners, aimed at pressuring Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to stop his government’s violent crackdown on opposition protesters. 
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the steps at Friday’s White House news briefing as he spoke about a situation […]


Feb 25 2011 Petraeus Orders Probe Of Alleged Psychological Operations Abuse

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has ordered an investigation into allegations published in Rolling Stone Magazine that his deputy for training Afghan forces ordered a psychological operations unit to help him convince visiting U.S. officials to provide more money for his effort. 
Officials see the training program as crucial to […]


Feb 25 2011 Gadhafi Blames Osama Bin Laden For Protests

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has blamed Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida terrorists for the anti-government protests in his country.
In a Thursday speech relayed to state television by telephone, he said al-Qaida forces had given “hallucinogenic” drugs to youth in Libya to get them to incite unrest.  He said people “with any brains” would […]


Feb 25 2011 US Seeks To Expell Libya From Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON - The United States said Thursday it will seek Libya’s expulsion from the U.N. Human Rights Council as an initial step to try to bring an end to violence in the North African country. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join in a meeting of the U.N. panel on Monday in Geneva.
Officials here say […]


Feb 24 2011 North Korea Suffers Severe Food Shortage

SEOUL - Five American aid agencies report the food shortage in North Korea has become severe. They are appealing for quick assistance to feed the isolated country’s most vulnerable people. There are hurdles, however, to resuming aid to North Korea.
The five aid groups say many North Koreans are foraging for wild grasses and herbs because […]


Feb 24 2011 US Imposes Sanctions Against Drug Traffickers

WASHINGTON - The United States says it has imposed sanctions on a six-nation network of drug traffickers linked to Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa Cartel.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday that it has designated as drug traffickers Colombian native Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa and more than 70 individuals and entities in his organization.
The action freezes any assets […]


Feb 24 2011 Protests Break Out In India Over Food Prices

NEW DELHI - Tens of thousands of people have gathered in India’s capital to protest surging food prices.
Demonstrators marched through the center of New Delhi Wednesday, heading towards the Indian parliament building as they chanted slogans against high food costs. Protesters included members of several trade unions, including one linked to India’s ruling party.
India has […]


Feb 23 2011 Obama Condemns Libyan Government Sanctioned Violence

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday strongly condemned Libyan government-sanctioned violence against demonstrators, and said the United States is stepping up international consultations on how to deal with the situation. The president appeared with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after talks at the White House.
The president’s remarks came at the end of a day […]


Feb 23 2011 Gadhafi Orders Attacks On Protesters

TRIPOLI - Witnesses in the Libyan capital Tripoli say many streets were deserted Wednesday, with residents afraid to leave their homes, a day after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged his supporters to attack anti-government demonstrators.
The witnesses told foreign news agencies that armed Gadhafi loyalists and mercenaries from other African nations were roaming the capital, threatening […]


Feb 23 2011 France Calls For Sanctions Against Libya

PARIS - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s government is facing new and stronger international calls to stop a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for the EU to impose “concrete sanctions” against Libya. In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he said those involved in the ongoing violence in Libya must know that […]


Feb 23 2011 Police Fire Tear Gas At Greek Protesters

ATHENS - Greek riot police fired tear gas at rock throwing protesters, at the start of a general strike in the capital, Athens, on Wednesday.
Two major Greek unions representing public and private sector employees are striking in response to continuing austerity measures imposed by Prime Minister George Papandreou.
The strike called by Greece’s largest umbrella trade […]


Feb 23 2011 Obama Campaigns For Massive More Spending

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama took time out Tuesday from dealing with the Middle East turmoil and other crises to focus on the U.S. economy and politics. The president visited the politically important state of Ohio to promote his plan to boost American economic competitiveness. 
The president wants the government to spend more money on a […]


Feb 23 2011 UN Condemns Libya Violence Against Protesters

NEW YORK - The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the violent crackdown on protesters in the North African country of Libya and called for an immediate end to the violence. But as the council issued its statement Tuesday, the Libyan deputy U.N. Ambassador warned that new attacks have begun on civilians in the western […]


Feb 23 2011 Moammar Gadhafi Known For Ruthless Cruelty

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has ruled his north African nation since 1969.  He is known for his eccentricities and ruthless rule.  Now, despite massive protests, the 68-year-old leader refuses to leave and he says he will die a martyr.
As a young military officer, Moammar Gadhafi led a coup against the reigning king and […]


Feb 22 2011 US Condemns Violent Bloodshed In Libya

WASHINGTON - The United States has condemned the violence against anti-government protesters in Libya and called on Moammar Gadhafi’s government to stop the “unacceptable bloodshed” taking place in the North African nation.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the world is watching events unfold in Libya “with alarm.” Her statement came amid reports from […]


Feb 22 2011 Gadhafi Regime Under Siege In Libya

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi briefly appeared on state television early Tuesday as his faltering 40-year regime showed more signs of crumbling in the face of a widespread popular uprising that has escalated into open, deadly confrontation.
Mr. Gadhafi, who appeared under a large umbrella learning out from the front seat of a van, said […]


Feb 22 2011 Deadly 6.3 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand

SYDNEY - At least 65 deaths are being reported after a powerful earthquake struck the New Zealand city, Christchurch. Buildings have collapsed, prompting fears that residents and office workers could be trapped in the rubble.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch at lunchtime Tuesday, when one of New Zealand’s key cities […]


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