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Sep 15, 2011

Christmas Day bomber statements can be used at trial: Judge

DETROIT (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday ruled that incriminating statements about links to al Qaeda by the so-called Christmas Day bomber can be used as evidence in his trial.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 24-year-old Nigerian national, is charged with trying to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day, 2009. Yemen-based al Qaeda militants claimed responsibility for the botched attempt.

Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi war crimes in Misrata widespread: report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Forces loyal to fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi committed a vast array of possible war crimes while battling rebels in Misrata, the country’s third largest city, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a U.S.-based human rights group.

The report by Physicians for Human Rights, titled “Witness to War Crimes: Evidence from Misrata, Libya,” is based on interviews of residents in the Misrata area conducted in June. The authors say they provide evidence of “murder, torture, rape, forced internment, and disappearance.”

Aug 26, 2011

Insight: Apple’s board set for bigger role under new regime

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The departure of Steve Jobs as Apple’s CEO is likely to trigger some major changes for the company’s board.

Rather than acting as mere advisers to one of the world’s great visionary leaders, the board may have to take more control, be less deferential to the new CEO Tim Cook than it was to Jobs, and meet more often.

Aug 26, 2011

Apple’s board set for bigger role under new regime

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The departure of Steve Jobs
as Apple’s CEO is likely to trigger some major changes for the
company’s board.

Rather than acting as mere advisers to one of the world’s
great visionary leaders, the board may have to take more
control, be less deferential to the new CEO Tim Cook than it
was to Jobs, and meet more often.

Aug 23, 2011

In Libya, the cellphone as weapon

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s government shut off the cellphone network in Misrata in the early days of Libya’s uprising, it wanted to stop rebel forces communicating with each other. But the power of a modern phone goes beyond its network.

Both rebels and government soldiers have used their phones to take pictures and videos of the conflict, a digital record of fighting from both sides. With the rebels now in Tripoli, the capital, and Gaddafi’s whereabouts unknown, those gigabytes of potential evidence may play a role in any war crimes cases.

Aug 23, 2011

Special report: In Libya, the cellphone as weapon

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s government shut off the cellphone network in Misrata in the early days of Libya’s uprising, it wanted to stop rebel forces communicating with each other. But the power of a modern phone goes beyond its network.

Both rebels and government soldiers have used their phones to take pictures and videos of the conflict, a digital record of fighting from both sides. With the rebels now in Tripoli, the capital, and Gaddafi’s whereabouts unknown, those gigabytes of potential evidence may play a role in any war crimes cases.

Jul 22, 2011

Wounded Gaddafi soldier says morale of troops is low

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Morale is low among troops fighting for Muammar Gaddafi on the front west of Misrata and many are reluctant to fight back against rebel attacks, a recently-wounded loyalist soldier told Reuters on Friday.

“Most of them are exhausted, especially as we approach the month of Ramadan,” said the soldier, who spoke on condition his name and his hometown not be mentioned for fear of reprisals against his family. “They don’t want to fight during Ramadan.”

Jul 21, 2011

Libyan rebels report Gaddafi fight-back

MISRATA, Libya, July 21 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said a
fierce counter-attack by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi had
checked their gains on a frontline east of Tripoli on Thursday.

A rebel spokesman in Zlitan, on the coast road 160 km (100
miles) east of the capital, said pro-Gaddafi forces backed by
tanks had surrounded rebels who had seized the nearby town of
Souk al-Thulatha the previous day.

Jul 19, 2011

Libyan rebels say they have encircled Brega

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels have encircled the eastern oil hub of Brega and control parts of the town, whose capture would mark a major boost for their campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel spokesman said on Tuesday.

The insurgents were dug in to the south and east of Brega and controlled its eastern residential area, said the spokesman.

Jul 18, 2011

In Misrata, collective effort to fight Gaddafi

DAFNIYA, Libya (Reuters) – The small hand-packed plastic bag appears to contain just nuts and raisins, but inside is a printed note on a strip of paper from a widows’ group in Misrata for the rebels who are fighting forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi west of the city.

“The women of Misrata are not afraid,” the note reads in Arabic, “because Misrata gives birth to brave men.”

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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