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The U.S. repositioned some naval forces near Libya and threatened Monday that all options remain on the table to protect Libyans threatened by an increasingly isolated and defiant Moammar Gadhafi, including the possible use of warplanes to patrol Libyan skies.

The United States has frozen at least $30 billion in Libyan government assets, a U.S. Treasury official announced Monday -- one of a series of steps being taken by international leaders designed to break strongman Moammar Gadhafi's grip on power.

Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Monday denied the existence of the protests that have threatened his hold on power.

Following Secretary of State Clinton’s recent call for intervention, a rebel leader in Libya has stated his country does not want or need any help from the United States and its globalist partners.

According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, "no options" have been taken off the table when it comes to the situation in Libya.

The unrest in Libya has cut oil output by half in the world's 12th largest exporter, the West's energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency said on Monday, more than it initially estimated.

The European Union voted Monday to adopt sanctions against Libya that included an arms embargo, an asset freeze and a visa ban, wire services reported.

Yemen's main opposition bloc on Monday rejected President Ali Abdullah Saleh's call to form a unity government to rule until elections to replace him, saying its goal is simply "the fall of the regime."

Anti-government protesters in Oman refused to end protests Monday, despite orders from the sultan to hire 50,000 people and pay a stipend to people who are out of work.

About 60 people were arrested during an anti-government rally attended by about 15,000 people in Zagreb, Croatia on Saturday.

For the second Sunday in a row, protesters in China gathered in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities to call for reform.

The popular uprisings across the Middle East are sparking similar unrest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with youth groups and workers in that country now calling for a “day of rage” demonstration in the capital, Riyadh, on March 11th.

Russia is vowing to fulfil its contract to supply Syria with cruise missiles despite the turmoil shaking the Arab world and Israel's furious condemnation of the deal.

In a major setback to Iran's nuclear program, technicians will have to unload fuel from the country's first atomic power plant because of an unspecified safety concern, a senior government official said Saturday.

A new national telephone survey found that 58% of American adults believe the unrest in the Middle East will lead to a major war involving the US, with 26% saying it is "very likely."

Barack Obama recently told Republican state governors that they can offer alternatives to his federal health care plan as soon as 2014, so long as they meet the new requirements for covering the uninsured.

Gasoline prices have risen almost 20 cents a gallon in the past week, or 6%, to a national average of $3.368 per gallon according to AAA.

The uncertain situation in the Middle East could send world oil prices to $200 or $300 a barrel even as the Obama Administration fails to promote domestic energy development, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) warned recently.

In the United States, the price of ground beef is up over 11 percent compared to a year ago and the price of butter is up 27 percent compared to a year ago.

Consumers increased spending 0.2% in January, the smallest gain since June, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

Over the past six months, wage income is up $111 billion, and outlays on food and energy are up $116 billion.

Chinese and U.S. cotton futures hit their upward trading limits on Monday, with speculators blamed at least in part for driving up prices that were already rising because of low supply and high demand.

Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in January, the latest evidence that the housing market continues to struggle.

Every child born today in the United States inherits $45,000 in federal government debt.

Entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare now account for 58% of all U.S. government spending.

Entitlements and interest alone will exceed total federal revenue by 2025.

Only 1 in 50 Americans needed Medicaid when it was first created in 1965, 1 in 6 Americans receives Medicaid now.

Some of the largest corporations in the United States do not pay a dime in federal taxes.

James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed, said "never say never" in response to a question about whether even more bond purchases, i.e. QE3, may be needed following a speech he gave last week.

Economist Marc Faber believes that the U.S. economy is doomed.

Barack Obama must embrace Islam as a way of life or face the consequences of a trial under the Shariah Islamic court system, British extremist cleric Anjem Choudary declared recently.

The sudden appearance early in the morning of an enormous crack, measuring 100 meters wide and three kilometers long, caused confusion among residents of the Huacullani district in southern Peru.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Chile on Sunday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was centered 23 miles south of Concepcion in southern Chile.

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck central Arkansas just after 11 p.m. on Sunday the United States Geological Survey said.

Residents of Christchurch, New Zealand are still reeling from last week's devastating 6.3 magnitude quake.

Authorities in New Zealand say that a third of the buildings in central Christchurch may need to be demolished and rebuilt.

Some unbelievable "before and after" photos of the effects of the Christchurch earthquake can be found here.

Heavy rains recently unleashed a "mega-mudslide" in Bolivia's capital that destroyed 400 homes.

Firefighters in Texas continued efforts to contain fast-moving wildfires that have destroyed at least 60 homes, burned more than 120,000 acres, and caused an accident that killed a 5-year-old child, state forestry officials said Monday.

Fears that the destroyed nuclear reactor at Chernobyl could collapse and again leak deadly radiation have prompted European agencies to seek large amounts of money to fund the construction of a vast steel building to encase the site.

You may not want genetically-modified foods in your body, but you are probably eating them anyway.

Boston Dynamics, maker of the Army’s BigDog robotic mule, announced today that Darpa has awarded it a contract to build a much faster and more fearsome animal-like robot, Cheetah.

The Homeland Security Department this summer plans to begin testing a DNA analyzer that's small enough to be easily portable and fast enough to return results in less than an hour.

Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital.

Unless it is stopped, the provisions of The Real ID Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-13, 119 Stat 392), through the Department of Homeland Security, will require the federalization of State-issued driver's licenses by May 11, 2011.

The Earth's magnetic field is changing at an increasing rate, throwing off airports and altering the aurora borealis -- and its effect on ordinary compasses could mean the difference between homeward bound and hopelessly lost.

Did you know that the Great Pyramid in Egypt actually contains a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ?

After months of updates to its Like button, Facebook has released an update that fundamentally changes the button's functionality to that of a Share button. Now after hitting the Like button, a full story with a headline, blurb and thumbnail will be posted to your profile wall.

Lastly, a scheduled meeting of the Middle East mediators Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union in March will mark an important turning point.  According to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the quartet will try to draw borderlines between Israel and a sovereign Palestinian state.

Civil War In Libya

On February 24, 2011, in Daily News Updates, by Admin

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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday blamed the civil war in his country on young people, who he said are taking some sort of pills and being exploited by Osama bin Laden.

Army units and militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi struck back Thursday against rebellious Libyans who have risen up in cities close to the capital, attacking a mosque where many were holding an anti-government sit-in and battling others who seized control of an airport. Medical officials said 15 people were killed in the clashes.

Scores of Libyan soldiers have been executed for refusing to open fire on pro-democracy protesters, International Federation for Human Rights says.

Libyans told on Wednesday of how they were forced to form vigilante groups against foreign mercenaries that were despatched by Col. Muammar Gaddafi to visit terror on revolting citizens.

A Muslim Brotherhood cleric has called for a fatwa against embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying fighting his citizens “is not heroism”.

The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn't destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.

The leader of Libya’s opposition group organizing the protests both inside and outside of Libya, is currently in Washington D.C. as he and his organization direct the upheaval and bedlam consuming the North African nation.

Protestors in Bahrain say that they will stage more protests and a nationwide strike if the government refuses to resign on Thursday.

A 20-year-old Saudi student has been arrested in Texas in a bomb plot that may have targeted former President George W. Bush and nuclear plants, U.S. authorities said on Thursday.

Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday.

Debka is reporting that the conversation between President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah early Thursday, Feb. 10, was the most acerbic that Obama has ever had with an Arab ruler.

Police fired tear gas near the Greek Parliament yesterday as clashes broke out with stone-throwing protesters during a demonstration against austerity measures, an AFP reporter said.

Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched Thursday to try to find at least one of the 14 Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.

Sometimes it’s necessary to get out on the streets and “get a little bloody” a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

The showdown over union rights that has paralyzed politics in Wisconsin is spreading to other American states, threatening to trigger a national "workers war" of a kind not seen since Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers 30 years ago.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude added $1.24 at $99.34 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices have jumped 18% since Friday. In London, Brent crude added $2.19 at $113.44 on the ICE Futures exchange.

Gas prices are up nearly 6 cents this week and analysts say this is just the beginning, as oil prices soar on political strife in North Africa and the Middle East.

Oil prices have already jumped $12 this week, which means that drivers can “expect gas prices to be 37 cents higher” in the coming days, one economist recently told CNN.

Markets around the world are wondering if oil-rich Saudi Arabia is serious about boosting its production to calm surging prices in the wake of continued upheaval in Libya.

Oil could hit $220 a barrel if "Libya and Algeria were to halt oil production together," analysts at Nomura investment bank have predicted.

Almost every single recession since World War I has been preceded by an oil crisis.

Barack Obama is "challenging" business and labor leaders today to generate ideas for creating jobs, sustaining the economic recovery and making America more competitive.

Michigan has approved a plan to shut down nearly half of the public schools in Detroit.  Under the plan, 70 schools will be closed and 72 will continue operating.

In Providence, Rhode Island the school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers.

The city of Allen Park, Michigan has notified their entire fire department that they will be terminated in 30 days.

All over the country, state governments are making huge budget cuts.

Korea currently sells us 615,000 cars each year compared to the paltry 7,000 we export to that nation.

Over the past six months the bench mark 10-year Treasury note yield has risen from a yield of 2.20% to 2.74% and presently stands at about 3.60%.

Is the U.S. economy about to enter a period of rampant inflation?

The Obama administration is trying to push through a settlement over mortgage-servicing breakdowns that could force America's largest banks to pay for reductions in loan principal worth billions of dollars.

The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 284 thousand. This is down from a revised 325 thousand in December.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is working on a benchmark revision for existing home sales numbers.  This benchmarking is expected to result in significant downward revisions to sales estimates for the last few years - perhaps as much as 10% to 15% for 2009 and 2010.

The "problem bank ratio" has hit a 23 year high.

Just as President Obama signed and sent his annual Economic Report to Congress, the Treasury Department posted numbers that show the national debt has increased $3.5 trillion so far on Mr. Obama's watch.

The International Monetary Fund called for a weaker dollar to help the United States reduce its deficits with the rest of the world and rebalance the global economy, in a report released Wednesday.

China’s Industrial and Commercial Bank (ICBC) reports purchases of physical gold and gold-related investments are growing at record setting rates.

A year after its "unintended acceleration" trouble began, Toyota today is announcing that it's going to expand its recall of floor mats to include nearly 2.2 million more Lexus and Toyota vehicles in the U.S. The mats can jam against accelerator pedals -- causing so-called pedal entrapment.

According to a General Accountability Office report released last week, only 44 percent of the border is under “operational control.” And of that, only 15 percent is secure.

Not content with raising taxes 66%, attempting to track down those crazy homeschoolers so they can be “helped”, and sheltering Wisconsin’s missing Democrats (we hear that Indiana’s Dems are on the run as well) Illinois actually has HB 1166 sitting in Committee right now which will criminalize individuals who own 7 or more “companion animals”.

Police say the death toll from the magnitude 6.3 quake that hit Christchurch on Tuesday has risen to 98, with 226 more reported missing.

Russia will spend $650 billion to equip its dilapidated military with 600 new warplanes, 100 ships and 1,000 helicopters by 2020, Defense Ministry officials were quoted as saying Thursday.

A smoker in New York has agreed to fork out $2,000 every time he puffs a cigar at his house, and pay his neighbors if they smell it.

Even a regional nuclear war could spark "unprecedented" global cooling and reduce rainfall for years, according to U.S. government computer models.

The Tulsa Police Deptartment is investigating a captain who refused an order to assign officers to attend an upcoming Islamic event because he said it would violate his religious beliefs.

An anti-abortion billboard featuring a young black girl and the slogan "the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb" has provoked sharp criticism in New York.

Pro-family groups and legal firms have expressed great disappointment with Barack Obama’s decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, saying supporters will face new challenges in court.

Fox News recently reported that two Protestant churches are getting criticized for opening their facilities to Muslims groups that are in need of a place to conduct their services.

The Canadian government is refusing to say whether it is close to approving genetically modified animals for human consumption. But if they do, you may never know it.

Lastly, it is being alleged that a new pathogen found in Roundup Ready genetically-modified crops causes spontaneous abortions and infertility in livestock.

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The faltering government of the Libyan strongman Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi struck back at mounting protests against his 40-year rule, as helicopters and warplanes besieged parts of the capital Monday, according to witnesses and news reports from Tripoli.

Libyan military aircraft fired live ammunition at crowds of anti-government protesters in Tripoli, Al Jazeera television reported on Monday, quoting witnesses for its information.

CNN is reporting that two Libyan air force pilots defected to Malta after being asked to bomb citizens.

Large numbers of people are being killed in Libya as anti-government protests have reached the capital for the first time and several cities in the east appeared to be in the hands of the opposition.

Eyewitness reports said that Libyan protesters had torched public buildings in the capital overnight.

On Sunday, the heir-apparent son of its strongman, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, warned Libyans in a televised speech that their oil-rich country would fall into civil war and even renewed Western “colonization” if they threw off his father’s 40-year-long rule.

There are some media reports that indicate that Qaddafi has actually left Libya at this point.

Although the nation is in deep turmoil, Libya's official state news agency is not reporting any of it online.

Protesters continue to demand the ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, despite a government crackdown on demonstrations which has killed at least 22 people.

Palestinians are planning a "day of rage" on Friday in response to the U.S. wielding its veto against a UN security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on Muslims to "remove" the U.S. from the Islamic world.

An attempt to foment a Chinese “jasmine” revolution was met with an emphatic show of state power in China after a call to mount public demonstrations against the government was posted on an internet forum.

Protests over a budget bill in Wisconsin are now on the seventh day and total more than 70,000 people with many groups removing their support for Gov. Walker and advocating the recall of Wisconsin elected officials.

No resolution appeared imminent Monday to the stalemate over union rights in Wisconsin that has riveted the country and led to ongoing public protests that have drawn tens of thousands of people.

The average compensation for teachers in the Milwaukee Public School system, when you add up the salaries and benefits, is over $100,000 a year.

As thousands of protesters on both sides of an epic budget standoff in Wisconsin faced off Saturday at the Capitol, alleged doctors were handing out 'fake' sick notes to protesters -- allowing them to call in sick while the budget impasse continues.

Crude oil prices jumped 6% Monday as violent protests spread in Libya, raising the possibility that oil supplies from that OPEC nation could be disrupted.

In fact, Brent Crude soared above $108 a barrel during Monday trading.

Gold burst through $1,400 on Monday morning on escalating political tensions in the Middle East.

Is a U.S. government shutdown on the horizon?

What would a U.S. government shutdown look like?

The prospect of a government shutdown appeared more likely on Saturday after the House passed a budget measure in the pre-dawn hours that cuts $61 billion - and was immediately rejected by Senate Democrats and Barack Obama.

Federal taxes on airline tickets have reached a level that is just obscene.

The average U.S. borrower in the throes of foreclosure hasn't made a mortgage payment in 17 months, up from nearly 11 months two years ago — and the time frame may get even longer.

There is plenty of evidence that the standard of living for the middle class in America is sharply declining.

Wealthy Americans seem to have decided that it's okay to splurge on big ticket items again.

While most Americans are suffering, the Obamas are on vacation once again.

State attorney general's office spokesman Arturo Sandoval said a total of 53 people have been killed in a span of 72-hours in Ciudad Juarez. Sandoval said among the casualties were policemen from three separate departments.

The Utah House has approved an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law after heated debate.

The United Nations is calling for 2% of worldwide income to be invested in the green economy, a move it says would boost jobs and economic growth.

Farmers who plant Monsanto's GM crops probably don't realize what they bargain for when they sign the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement contract. One farmer reportedly 'went crazy' when he discovered the scope of the contract because it transfers ALL liability to the farmer or grower.

Alexander Lebedev, the Russian oligarch, has accused a group of spies and policemen of plotting to steal his multi-billion pound business empire in an open letter to Vladimir Putin, the prime minister.

Hundreds of people fled homes and farms in central Philippines on Monday after a volcano spewed a 2km-high column of ash covering several villages, officials said.

Is Germany's "supervolcano" awakening?

A moderate earthquake struck Baja California on Sunday morning, with shaking felt up to San Diego. No major damages or injuries were reported, authorities said.

The Maryland Republican Party is urging residents to pressure state senators to vote against a bill legalizing gay marriage, which is expected to come up for debate this week.

Attorney Dori Spivak was appointed on Friday as a judge in the Tel Aviv Labor Court. He is the first openly gay judge appointed in Israel.

A hardline Muslim cleric who sparked anger across the U.S. with his anti-American comments in a television interview this month is to hold a protest outside the White House.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon does not yet know how many troops will draw down from Afghanistan this year. Instead, the Defense Department is budgeting to hold level at 98,000 troops through 2012.

In Afghanistan right now, a one-legged Afghan Red Cross worker named Said Musa is sitting in a prison cell awaiting his execution.  Musa, a father of six children, was arrested by the Afghan government as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy last year.  He was sentenced to death by an Afghan court that was established by the new Afghan government that the United States worked so hard to set up.  He has been tortured and sexually abused for months.  An Afghan judge has told him that he will be hung within a matter of days.  So what was his crime?  He was a Muslim that has become a Christian.

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Bahrain’s military deployed armored vehicles in the streets of the Manama Thursday after an early morning attack on sleeping protesters killed at least three people and wounded 230 others.

Security forces have clashed with anti-government protesters in Yemen on the seventh consecutive day of demonstrations calling for the ouster of the president.

There are reports coming in of government forces killing anti-government protesters in Libya.

The governor of a remote southern Iraqi province was forced to flee Wednesday when protesters stormed his headquarters during violent demonstrations that illustrated the potential for upheaval in Iraq's new, and still shaky, democracy.

The recent events in Egypt have emboldened protesters all across the Middle East and North Africa.

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was reporting on the protests in Egypt Friday when she was separated from her crew and attacked. She is currently recovering in a U.S. hospital, having been sexually assaulted and beaten.

Egypt's new ruling military council has appointed an Islamist judge to head the committee drawing up a new constitution, angering some of those who argued last week's revolution would deliver the country to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity", a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.

Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history.

In the week ending Feb. 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 410,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 385,000.

In early February the worst freeze in 60 years wiped out entire crops all across the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.  Already, it has been reported that some U.S. supermarkets have doubled or even tripled prices for certain produce items.

Gasoline pump prices reached a 28-month high Wednesday even though oil and gas supplies in the U.S. continue to grow and demand for gas is weak.

U.S. consumers paid more in January for everything from food and gasoline to airline tickets and clothing.

Will rising interest rates cause the next recession?

Traders bet up fed fund futures in Thursday trading, pushing to 78 percent the chance that the Fed will boost interest rates at its December meeting.

The minutes of the latest meeting of Fed policy makers show there is some doubt about the prevailing view that there is little reason to worry about inflation when unemployment is elevated and factories are operating well below their maximum potential.

Why aren't more Wall Street bankers going to jail?

51.2 million Americans are currently collecting social security benefits and of that amount, 7.7 million are early retirees, or young survivors of retirees who have passed away.

Is it time to replace the U.S. Federal Reserve altogether?

China remained the top foreign holder of American debt in 2010, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury Department.

China has been using its position as the top foreign holder of American debt to ask for favors from the U.S. government.

Demand for gold in China is being described as "explosive".

Demand for gold reached a 10-year high with spending reaching a value of $150bn (£93bn) in 2010, as Chinese and Indian consumers increased jewelry purchases and the world's central banks became net buyers for the first time in more than two decades.

Demand in China for physical gold and gold-related investments is growing at a very rapid pace and its appetite for the yellow metal is poised to remain robust amid inflation concerns, said an Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) executive recently.

Some of the taxes that Americans have to pay are absolutely bizarre.

Did an economic riot recently break out in the state of Wisconsin?

In Canada, the average household debt figure at the end of 2010 was $100,879, with the debt-to-income ratio at a record 150 percent.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail.

Following an admission of guilt in federal court earlier this week from a TSA supervisor, two more TSA agents based at a completely different airport have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars in cash from the luggage of travelers, while another was arrested and fired for seriously assaulting a co-worker in a dispute over a parking space.

While they’ve made strides in arresting illegals and building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico line, the Border Patrol only has “operational control” of 44 percent of the southern border, and of that only 15 percent is air tight, according to new General Accountability Office report.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved plantings of three genetically engineered (GE) crops in as many weeks, including Monsanto Co.’s Roundup Ready sugar beets and alfalfa that are engineered to tolerate Roundup Ready weed-killing herbicide.

The biggest solar flare in years is headed towards earth.

Citing sinkhole losses and higher operating expenses, State Farm Florida asked state regulators today for a 28 percent premium increase on its homeowners policies.

Lots of earthquakes have been reported in Arkansas recently.

Barack Obama's proposed 2012 budget, released publicly this week, suggests charging Canadians $5.50 to enter the country by air and sea to help pay for security checks and inspections at the nation’s airports.

Lastly, a slim majority of Republicans do not believe that Barack Obama, now in his third year in office, was born in the United States and therefore is legally eligible to be president, according to a poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

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