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Kuwait MP Files to Quiz Minister Over Irregularities

A Kuwaiti MP Tuesday filed to question Information Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Sabah in parliament over alleged financial and administrative irregularities and failure to perform his duty.

Independent MP Faisal al-Duwaisan claimed that Sheikh Ahmad, also the oil minister, has failed to take action against senior information ministry officials implicated in administrative and financial wrongdoings.

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Gadhafi Calls on Intl Powers to End 'Barbaric' Attacks

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called for an end to the "barbaric offensive" against Libya in a letter addressed to international powers meeting in London Tuesday to discuss his nation's future.

In the letter, addressed to the "contact group" of nations meeting to map out a post-Gadhafi future for Libya, the strongman likened the NATO-led air strikes to military campaigns launched by Adolf Hitler during World War II.

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Army Arrests 40 in West Bank Village Hunting Killers

Israeli troops on Tuesday arrested around 40 people in a village near Nablus as they continued hunting the killers of an Israeli family, Palestinian sources said.

Troops entered the village of Awarta shortly after midnight and began searching dozens of homes, seizing an unspecified number of computers, security sources and witnesses said.

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Amnesty: Gadhafi Forces Behind 'Disappearances'

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are behind a wave of disappearances of opposition activists, with several teenagers among those missing, rights group Amnesty International said.

The London-based group listed 30 cases where it said political activists and those suspected of either being rebel fighters or their supporters had gone missing.

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Pro-Ouattara Forces in All-Out I. Coast Offensive

Fighters backing internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara claimed fresh gains Monday in attacks across Ivory Coast, their biggest offensive yet against his rival Laurent Gbagbo.

Commanders of the Republican Forces said they had made gains in both the east and the west of the country during the day's fighting.

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Japan on 'Maximum Alert' Over Nuclear Plant

Japan said Tuesday the government is on "maximum alert" over a crippled nuclear plant where highly radioactive water has halted repair work and plutonium has been found in the soil.

The earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan's northeast coast and left over 28,000 dead or missing also knocked out reactor cooling systems at the Fukushima plant, which has leaked radiation into the air and sea.

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Obama: 'We Stopped Massacre in Libya'

A defiant President Barack Obama Monday told Americans he had stopped a "massacre" in Libya, but bluntly warned that trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi by force could repeat the carnage of Iraq.

"As president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action," Obama said, mounting a robust defense of his decision to rain air strikes on Gadhafi's troops in a U.N.-mandated bid to protect civilians.

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Mubarak and Family Under House Arrest in Egypt, Says Army

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family are under house arrest, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said on its website Monday, denying that the former leader had fled to Saudi Arabia.

"There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia," the country's military rulers said in a statement on Facebook.

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Syria Releases Two Lebanese Reuters Journalists

Two Reuters journalists who went missing at the weekend while covering the recent unrest in Syria have been released by authorities and have returned to Beirut, the news agency said Monday.

Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler was quoted as saying that television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were back in their home base in Beirut and were doing well.

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Sarkozy, Cameron to Gadhafi Followers: Leave Him Before It's Too Late

Britain and France called Monday for Libya's rebel national council and civil society leaders to help a transition towards democracy, ahead of a London meeting on the country's future.

"In the words of the Arab League resolution, the current regime has completely lost its legitimacy," said a joint statement from French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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