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Cruise missile hits Gadhafi’s compound

A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi‘s residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. The U.S. said the international assault would hit any government forces attacking the opposition. Oil prices jumped to nearly $103 a barrel Monday in Asia after the Libyan leader vowed a “long war” amid a second night of allied strikes in the OPEC nation. Jubilant rebels said they expected to bring him down in a matter of days. It was not known where Gadhafi was when the missile
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Japan evacuates workers from nuke plan

Operators evacuated workers from Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Monday after gray smoke rose from one of its reactor units, the latest of persistent troubles in stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex. The evacuation brought to a standstill some of the work on restoring the plant’s electrical lines and restarting the water pumping systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from overheating and releasing even greater amounts of radiation. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said the evacuation was prompted by smoke rising from the area of the spent fuel storage pool at the plant’s Unit 3 reactor building. However, nuclear safety agency
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Obama woos Brazil while Libya air assault unfolds

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama praised Brazil’s rise as an emerging power on Sunday, calling the South American country an equal partner of the United States as he pressed on with a trip overshadowed by a U.S. and European air assault on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya. Read the full story.
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