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Jun 12, 2011

Zawiyah’s heart a ghost town after rebel advance

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – For a city that the Libyan government has said is under no real threat from rebels, the center of Zawiyah was eerily quiet Sunday.

The main square was all but deserted when the government brought in a small group of reporters in the late afternoon a day after rebels advanced on the city from the west.

Jun 12, 2011

Second day of fighting near Libya’s capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels fought forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for a second day in the town of Zawiyah on Sunday, bringing the revolt against his rule to within a few kilometers (miles) of the capital.

A rebel spokesman in the town said 13 rebel fighters and civilians were killed in fighting there on Saturday, and the main road to neighboring Tunisia — a supply line that has kept the country running despite sanctions — was shut.

Jun 11, 2011

Fighting in Zawiyah shuts Libya road to Tripoli

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi fought gun battles with rebels in the town of Zawiyah on Saturday, witnesses said, shutting the coastal highway that links the capital Tripoli with Tunisia.

Two Reuters reporters traveling via the town, which lies just 50 km (30 miles) outside of Tripoli, on two separate trips six hours apart, were diverted via backstreets with a police escort while the fighting raged on.

Jun 9, 2011

Special Report: After Japan, where’s the next nuclear weak link?

DETROIT (Reuters) – Imagine a country where corruption is rampant, infrastructure is very poor, or the quality of security is in question. Now what if that country built a nuclear power plant?

It may sound alarming but that is what could happen in many developing countries which are either building nuclear power plants or considering doing so – a prospect that raises serious questions after Japan’s experience handling a nuclear crisis.

Jun 9, 2011

After Japan, where’s the next nuclear weak link?

DETROIT, June 9 (Reuters) – Imagine a country where
corruption is rampant, infrastructure is very poor, or the
quality of security is in question. Now what if that country
built a nuclear power plant?

It may sound alarming but that is what could happen in many
developing countries which are either building nuclear power
plants or considering doing so – a prospect that raises serious
questions after Japan’s experience handling a nuclear crisis.

May 27, 2011

After ’08 scalding, Romney dips toe in Iowa waters

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 27 (Reuters) – Republican
presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Friday made his first visit
of this year to Iowa to test the waters in a key state he lost
to a more conservative rival in his failed 2008 election bid.

The former Massachusetts governor, who will formally
announce next week that he is in the race for his party’s
nomination in 2012, tops many national polls among Republican
candidates and has a solid fund-raising operation that raised
$10 million in a single day last week.

May 17, 2011

Stuck between the Tea Party and a hard place

DAYTON, Ohio, May 17 (Reuters) – This John Boehner was not
the John Boehner that Tea Party leaders in the room thought they
knew.

Compared to the Boehner who talked tough on spending ahead
of last November’s elections, the one who showed up at Club 55,
just off Interstate 75 in Troy in southwestern Ohio, struck them
as timid.

May 17, 2011

Special report: Stuck between the Tea Party and a hard place

DAYTON, Ohio (Reuters) – This John Boehner was not the John Boehner that Tea Party leaders in the room thought they knew.

Compared to the Boehner who talked tough on spending ahead of last November’s elections, the one who showed up at Club 55, just off Interstate 75 in Troy in southwestern Ohio, struck them as timid.

May 12, 2011

Romney downplays health record, woos conservatives

, May 12 (Reuters) – Republican Mitt Romney
played down on Thursday the healthcare reforms he crafted as
Massachusetts governor as he sought the support of
conservatives for his party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

The similarities between Romney’s healthcare plan and that
of Democratic President Barack Obama, derisively dubbed
“Romneycare and Obamacare” by conservatives, are seen as the
biggest challenge Romney must overcome in his expected
presidential bid.

May 11, 2011

Michigan town’s woes a sign of tough choices to come

BENTON HARBOR, Michigan (Reuters) – Either way you look at it, this Michigan city is on the front line — either it is a harbinger of battles to come over budget cuts across America or a new chapter in the struggle for civil rights.

Analysts of the unsettled municipal debt market say Benton Harbor, a poor, predominantly black community of fewer than 11,000 on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, illustrates the tough choices ahead for American cities and states.

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