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(TCP)CHICAGO – Dateline Chicago -
Libya – Xinhua reports that, the youngest son of Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a NATO airstrike on a house where the Libyan leader and his family were staying at the time, a government spokesman said Sunday. The raid caused the deaths of Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, 29, the youngest son of Gaddafi, and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren, spokesman Mossa Ibrahim told a press conference.
Libya – Reports that opposition forces are becoming more organized are surfacing throughout these past several weeks. A Transitional National Council is reported to have been formed and is now looking for a leader to coordinate it’s responses to situations developing during Libya’s civil war.
Syria – The government of Syria sent tanks and heavy artillery reinforcements to the city if Daraa and shelled the main square there. This, after warning citizens to quit their demonstrations over these last several weeks. 60 people are reported dead after clashes this weekend.
Yemen – After much press generated by meetings of the leaders from the Gulf Arab States to find an agreement that would remove President Saleh from power, the meetings dissolve with no clear path to his stepping down.
Israel – The BBC reports that, Israel has suspended tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority following a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas. Israel’s finance minister said payments would be kept until it was clear money would not go to militants in Hamas.
Afghanistan – An announced springtime offensive from the Taliban, on it’s first day has left 11 people dead and many more wounded. A provincial government spokesman says the suicide bomber was 12 years old in an attack in the Shakeen area. A series of attacks took place in a few different locales.
Singapore – A ship called the Gemini carrying 28,000 tons of palm oil bound for the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, is reported by the shipping company, Glory Ship Management to have been hijacked. No word on the safety of the crew. It’s believed that Somali pirates are involved. Crew member population is composed of; 13 Indonesians, 5 Chinese, 4 South Koreans, and 3 citizens of Burma.
Egypt – AFP reports that, Egypt’s military rulers warned on Sunday of strong measures against anyone inciting sectarian strife, in a bid to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power after president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February, said it was “exerting all efforts to end sectarian disagreements on the Egyptian street to protect this nation.” “The council warns that it will not hesitate to take all measures, whatever they may be, to protect the unity of the Egyptian social fabric and the stability of Egypt,” it said on its Facebook page. The statement came after a series of Muslim-Christian clashes and amid the growing public presence of Salafis — a puritanical Islamist sect — since the fall of Mubarak after a wave of mass protests.
Iraq – Xinhua reports that, At least 10 people were killed and 29 others wounded Friday in separate insurgent attacks across Iraq, police sources said.
Morocco – Reports have surfaced that the bomb blast at a cafe there was a remote controlled device.
Japan – Prime Minister Kan has come under renewed pressure to leave his post after more dissent, amid previous anti-Kan sentiments, about how the government handled the earthquake caused crisis. The people of Japan want Kan to step down. A high level scientific adviser has resigned from his post.
Cape Canaveral – Space shuttle Endeavour’s final launch is off until at least the end of the week because technicians need to replace a switch box in the engine compartment, NASA said Sunday.
Washington DC - At the White House correspondents dinner last night, Don Trump received a bit of chiding by President Obama. Mr. Trump, who was in attendance at the affair remarked that he was “surprised” that President Obama would mention him in his remarks for those attending.
Washington DC – The Dayton Biz Journal reports that, President Barack Obama is calling on Republicans such as House Speaker John Boehner to cut tax subsidies for big oil companies as a political battle brews over high gas prices that keep climbing. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are strategizing for what is expected to be a bruising debate on raising the nation’s debt limit and reining in government spending.
Austin, TX – A bill sponsored by State Rep. David Simpson in the Texas legislature would, for people opting out of x-ray machine searches, and receiving instead, pat down searches by TSA screeners, make it illegal to grope people in their private areas. Simpson says the searches are removing people’s dignity. The bill seeks to make invasive pat downs a felony by Texas state law.