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China became the first government to organize a mass evacuation of its citizens from Japan's northeast on Tuesday, while other foreigners left the country following radiation leaks at an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant.
France expects a U.N. resolution this week offering support for Libyan rebels, the French foreign minister said Tuesday, though world powers failed to agree on military action against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Paris for talks with European and other leaders on the crisis in Libya that will include a meeting with Libyan opposition figures as the Obama administration makes its first high-level contact with foes of Moammar Gadhafi.
The pundits were still celebrating the liberation of Egypt from 60 years of pharaonic rule when the news no one wanted to believe began filtering back. Censorship by omission is in vogue again because of a reluctance, bordering on paralysis, to recognize there is no law and no order. Samples:
For most soldiers, a single six-year revolution would provide action enough for a lifetime. For one wealthy French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette, however, the American Revolution was merely Act I in a turbulent era. A hero of the American Revolution, Lafayette nearly lost his life in the French.
Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces pushed rebel fighters from the strategic oil port of Ras Lanouf on Thursday, driving the opposition from the city with a withering rain of artillery fire.
The biggest threat from the civil war in Libya is not rising oil prices but declining U.S. credibility. Since President Obama has publicly taken the rebel side in the struggle, it is important that Moammar Gadhafi lose. Despite that message from the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear Thursday that the Obama administration isn't ready to make any decisions on taking action. While America dithers, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out in support of air strikes to support the Libyan opposition. It's a sad (but no longer rare) day in world affairs when more spine is shown in Paris than Washington.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday said she will meet next week with Libya's rebel envoys, as France took the diplomatic lead among Western nations and recognized the provisional government seeking to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
The Obama administration cut ties Thursday with Libya's embassy in the United States and announced high-level meetings with opposition leaders, as France became the first nation to recognize the governing council fighting against Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime.