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150 Prisoners Dead in Libyan Capital 'Mass Murder'

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi killed more than 150 prisoners in a "mass murder" as they fled the rebel takeover of Tripoli, a rebel military chief told Agence France Presse on Friday.

"There were instances of revenge in the last few hours before the fall of the regime," said Abdul Nagib Mlegta, head of operations for the takeover of the capital.

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African Union Urges 'All-Inclusive' Transitional Govt. in Libya

The African Union declined Friday to recognize Libya's rebel authority and instead called for the formation of an all-inclusive transitional government.

With rebels still battling diehard forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, South African President Jacob Zuma said at the end of an AU Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa that the rebels were not yet legitimate.

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Hundreds of Thousands Take Part in Rival Yemen Demos

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis took part in anti-regime protests across the country on Friday, as thousands of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters rallied in the capital.

In Sanaa, anti-Saleh protesters joined Muslim weekly prayers at Sitin Street and called for an end to the rule of Saleh who has been recovering in Saudi Arabia since a bomb attack in early June.

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Egypt Protesters Press for Israel Envoy Ouster

Some 200 people protested Friday in front of the Israeli embassy in Egypt's capital demanding the ambassador's expulsion, after five Egyptian policemen were killed along the border with Israel last week.

We want "blood for blood" said one of the demonstrators, Mahmoud Ibrahim, who said he was a brother of one of the dead policemen. "We want revenge, we do not want compensation ... We want them to be punished."

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Kim Tells China N. Korea Ready for Nuclear Talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il told China Friday he was ready to resume six-party nuclear talks without preconditions, as he traveled through the Asian nation, China's state media said.

Kim, who travels by armored train and is on his way back from an official visit to Russia, made the comments in a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo in northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

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NATO Bombs Gadhafi Hometown, Rebels Poised to Attack

British warplanes bombed a bunker in Moammar Gadhafi’s birthplace of Sirte as rebel fighters prepared Friday to launch an offensive on the town, one of the last major regime holdouts east of Tripoli.

As insurgent leaders moved into Tripoli to begin a political transition, the African Union called for that process to be "inclusive."

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All Eyes on Bernanke for More Stimulus

U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke takes center stage Friday facing hopes from around the world that he will shore up faith in the US economy and offer more stimulus to boost business.

Bernanke is to address a gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming beginning at 1400 GMT on the U.S. economy in what many hope will reprise his speech a year ago, when he signaled the coming of the $600 billion "QE2" quantitative easing and delivered a much-needed shot of adrenalin to markets.

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Hurricane Delays Martin Luther King Memorial

Organizers said Thursday they were delaying this weekend's long-awaited dedication of a U..S. national memorial to slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King due to impending Hurricane Irene.

The dedication -- slated for Sunday, the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech -- will instead take place in September or October, said Harry Johnson, head of the memorial project.

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Brazil's Blind Ballet Dancers Find Stride

With a lost look, a group of dancers hold the barre as they practice plies, twists and turns, as their teacher corrects their posture with a gentle touch.

Learning is slow and arduous, requiring much patience from ballerina Fernanda Bianchini, 32, who is trying to convey the beauty of the discipline to the students, who have one major difficulty: they are blind.

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ECB Says Eurozone Money Supply Growth Edges Higher in July

Growth in Eurozone money supply, a key indicator of demand in the economy, edged higher in July, the European Central Bank said on Friday.

The M3 indicator rose 2.0 percent following a gain of 1.9 percent in June.

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