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Misrata rebels say they've expelled Gadhafi forces
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 9:32:00 AM
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - A resident of Misrata says rebel fighters have driven Moammar Gadhafi's forces to the edge of the besieged city in western Libya, but that government forces continue to attack with rockets.
  • The Misrata resident who asked to be identified only by his given name, Abdel Salam, for fear of retribution, said two people were killed and that government troops fired 70 rockets at Misrata.
  • Late Saturday, a Libyan government official claimed that troops had halted operations in Misrata as part of an attempt by tribal chiefs to negotiate with the rebels.

In Easter message, pope urges diplomacy in Libya
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 9:14:00 AM
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI contrasted war and hunger with the joy of Easter Sunday and issued a ringing call for diplomacy to prevail over fighting in Libya, for nations to welcome refugees from conflict and for Middle East leaders to respect their citizens.
  • Benedict celebrated Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square, packed with pilgrims and tourists and awash in the bright colors of spring flowers as he marked the church's most joyous day of the year.
  • But while "in heaven, all is peace and gladness," Benedict said in his message, delivered after the Mass from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, "alas, it is not so on earth."

Rights activist: Syrian authorities detain dozens
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 9:10:00 AM
  • BEIRUT - Syrian security forces detained dozens of opposition activists and others in raids Sunday launched less than a week after President Bashar Assad's regime abolished emergency laws used for decades to crush dissent, a human rights activist said.
  • The police sweeps, which began late Saturday, reinforce opposition claims that the repeal of the nearly 50-year-old state of emergency codes offers no protection against blitz-style detentions by Assad's forces.
  • Also Sunday, the watchdog group Human Rights Watch called for a U.N. inquiry into Syria's widening crackdown on opposition protesters that has left more than 120 dead people in recent days.

Spring brings fundraising frenzy for GOP hopefuls
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 8:38:00 AM
  • NEW YORK - Mitt Romney is organizing a phone bank fundraiser in Las Vegas next month.
  • Haley Barbour hunkers down soon with finance operatives in cash-rich New York and other lucrative places.
  • "Money is hardly the only indication of a candidate's potential, but it's an important indication," said Lew Eisenberg, a top Romney fundraiser who was finance chairman for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the party's 2008 nominee.

Israeli killed, 4 wounded in West Bank
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 8:04:00 AM
  • JERUSALEM - A Palestinian policeman opened fire Sunday at a group of Israelis who had come to pray at a Jewish holy site in the West Bank without authorization, killing one and wounding four, the Israeli military said.
  • The shooting threatened to inflame tensions in the West Bank, where Jewish settlers and Palestinians live in uneasy proximity and where settlers have responded to attacks in the past with violent reprisals.
  • Ben-Yosef Livnat and several companions entered the Palestinian city of Nablus early Sunday to visit a site known as Joseph's Tomb.

In Easter message, pope urges diplomacy in Libya
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 7:02:00 AM
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI urged an end to fighting in Libya, using his Easter Sunday message to call for diplomacy and peace in the Middle East.
  • Benedict also said that politics in North Africa and the Middle East should be based on respect for all.
  • Referring to northern Africa and the Middle East, the pope prayed for the realization of a society where "every political choice is inspired by respect for the human person."

Photographers recall Chernobyl's first days
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 6:37:00 AM
  • KIEV, Ukraine - Wearing a lead protective suit and placing his cameras in lead boxes, photographer Igor Kostin made a terrifying and unauthorized trip to the Chernobyl danger zone just a few days after a nuclear power plant reactor exploded in the world's worst atomic accident.
  • But Kostin returned, and his work along with that of a handful of other daring photographers was critical to the world's understanding of a catastrophe that Soviet authorities were reluctant to admit.
  • A quarter-century after the April 26, 1986, blast that spewed radioactive fallout over much of Europe, Kostin's memories are as vivid and terrifying as any photo.

Rights group: UN should probe Syria's crackdown
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 6:32:00 AM
  • BEIRUT - An international human rights group called Sunday for a U.N. inquiry into Syria's crackdown on opposition protesters that has left more than 120 dead people in recent days.
  • The New York-based Human Rights Watch also urged the United States and European Union to impose sanctions against Syrian officials accused of using force against demonstrators challenging the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad.
  • More than 300 people have been killed - including more than 120 on Friday and Saturday - since the uprising against Assad's regime began five weeks ago, according to rights groups.

Pope urges diplomacy in Libya
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 6:27:00 AM
  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has urged an end to fighting in Libya and called for diplomacy.
  • Benedict said during an Easter Sunday message that politics in North Africa and the Middle East should be based on respect for all.

Wills and Kate: Royal honeymoon ahead
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 6:23:00 AM
  • LONDON - In real estate, it's location, location, location.
  • Once they are man and wife, Prince William and Kate Middleton may combine the two by honeymooning at the queen's 50,000-acre Balmoral estate in Scotland, a family holding so vast that the couple could relax without worrying about their every movement being tracked by long-lensed paparazzi.
  • They would likely combine a stay in Scotland, a beautiful spot but with iffy weather, with a visit to a reliably sunny locale, royal experts believe.