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Mar 19, 2011

Market Watch | Bulletin: Western powers attack Gadhafi forces in Libya

By Greg Robb, Polya Lesova and Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — French fighter jets struck targets in Libya on Saturday and the U.S. launched missile strikes on air defenses as Western powers intervened in the country’s civil war to prevent Moammar Gadhafi from crushing the rebellion in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab television network, reported that French jets destroyed a number of Libyan tanks.
The U.S. missiles were launched a few hours later.
The leaders in Paris acted after fresh intelligence from Libya indicated that Gadhafi had thrown all his forces forward to capture Benghazi before the West could act.

French warplanes rushed into Libyan airspace on Saturday morning (U.S. Eastern time) while emergency talks were under way in Paris among the U.S., France, Spain, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Arab League. Fighter jet shot down over Benghazi

A fighter jet falls from the sky in a ball 
of flames after appearing to be shot down 
over Benghazi city, while amateur footage 
of violence in Misrata alleges government 
cease-fire a sham. Video courtesy of Reuters.

 In a dramatic statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the planes would prevent Gadhafi’s aircraft from bombarding the city and also attack tanks on the ground if necessary to end any assault.

Fighter jet shot down over Benghazi

A fighter jet falls from the sky in a ball of flames after appearing to be shot down over Benghazi city, while amateur footage of violence in Misrata alleges government cease-fire a sham. Video courtesy of Reuters.
The West will oppose any aggression against the civilian population in Benghazi, Sarkozy said.
At a press conference in Paris where she took part in the talks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “there will be other actions to follow” the deployment of the French planes.
Clinton waved away questions about what those other steps might be.
Rebels in Benghazi pleaded for action Saturday reporting they were under attack from troops and tanks in the city.
Sarkozy said it appeared that the reports were true. He said Gadhafi has stepped up his military campaign after the West demanded that he stop the fighting and withdraw his forces.
Reports from cable news channel reporters on the ground in Benghazi reported that there was a general lull in the fighting prior to the attack by the French airplanes.
France, the U.K., the U.S. and others began the action to enforce the U.N. Security Council resolution, which is aimed at averting further bloodshed in the struggle for control of the North African nation.
In very brief remarks during a joint appearance with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, President Barack Obama said the people of Libya “must be protected” and the West would not hesitate to act as needed.
Obama has traveled to Brazil as part of a long-planned five-day trip that includes stops in Chile and El Salvador designed to deepen economic ties with the region.
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MarketWatch: Weekly Roundup: The Week's Top Ten Videos


Weekly Roundup
MARCH 19, 2011

The week's top 10 videos on MarketWatch

By MarketWatch

In case you missed them, here are the 10 most popular videos that appeared on MarketWatch for the week of March 14-18:

Amateur video captures tsunami horror

Amateur video captures the tsunami as it hits Japan with deadly force.
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Can Japan nuclear disaster be avoided?

Nuclear physicist James Acton and Lee Hotz discuss whether Japan can avoid nuclear disaster as workers scramble to cool the overheating spent fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
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Obama urges caution on Japan radiation

President Obama Thursday afternoon warned Americans in Northern Japan to exercise caution, even beyond the declared 50-mile danger radius, but said harmful levels of radiation are not expected to reach the United States. Jerry Seib has details.
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Nuclear plant badly damaged

The health of the badly damaged nuclear plant in Japan is deteriorating by the hour.
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Mapping Japan's disaster

A 30-foot-high tsunami brought catastrophe to cities and towns up and down 1,300 miles of Japan's northern coastline. Jason Bellini maps out the city-by-city devastation and efforts to avert nuclear disaster in the region.
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IPad 2 flies off the shelves

Apple's iPad 2 flew off of the shelves in its first weekend on sale in the U.S., with the company's stores in major cities selling of the iPad 2 within hours of its introduction. Will Apple be able to meet demand for the new device? Yukari Kane reports.
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Kitchen becomes the new living room

A growing number of homeowners and kitchen designers are transforming the kitchen into a living and entertaining space. Anjali Athavaley has details.
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Organize your small spaces with these new products

As more Americans live in smaller homes or are forced to move in with family and friends, they need ways to fit more stuff in less space. These products, on display at the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, can help. Amy Hoak reports.
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U.S. sounds alarm on radiation

A rift has been growing between the Japanese and U.S. governments on the gravity of the nuclear situation in Japan. Helicopters spray water over the Fukushima reactors, while the markets oscillate. Mariko Sanchanta and Yumiko Ono discuss.
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Another blast hits nuclear plant

A second hydrogen explosion occurred at a beleaguered nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukushima prefecture.
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NYT: Morning Business News: Japan's Automakers Expect Longer Delays


Japan's Automakers Expect Longer Delays

Nissan, Honda and Toyota are all carefully reviewing how they will get back to normal and make up for delays in deliveries to their overseas dealers and factories.

Radiation Fears Cloud Japan's Recovery

While experts say there is little danger of contaminated food or manufactured products entering the United States from Japan, such fears could hurt Japanese exports.

A Volatile Week Ends Higher on Wall Street

A cease-fire in Libya and global intervention to stabilize the Japanese yen send the major indexes up.

The Washington Post : Breaking News Alert: Gaddafi’s forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action .

Breaking News Alert: Gaddafi’s forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action against Libya
March 19, 2011 6:30:11 AM

Forces led by Moammar Gaddafi entered the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi Saturday after airstrikes and fierce fighting as the United States and its allies prepared to launch military attacks on Libya.

A warplane was shot down over Benghazi. Government troops — some reportedly in tanks -- entered Benghazi from the west, in the university area. The city of 1 million quickly became a ghost town, with residents fleeing or seeking cover in barricaded neighborhoods. A Washington Post reporter saw the aircraft go down in flames. It was not known who shot it down.

On Friday, President Obama warned that the Libyan leader faced imminent military action unless his troops were withdrawn from all disputed cities in the country. But assaults on rebel-held towns continued despite government promises of a cease-fire.

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U.S., allies prepare for military attacks against Libya
President Obama warns that Gaddafi faces imminent military action unless his troops are withdrawn from all disputed cities in the country.
(By Liz Sly, Karen DeYoung and Sudarsan Raghavan)

Gaddafi could use mustard gas, some officials fear
Western reconnaissance is focusing on a small garage at a remote site in the Libyan desert, though nothing untoward has been seen so far.
(By R. Jeffrey Smith)

Nuclear official urges Japan to be more forthcoming
As workers continued fighting to regain control of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a top international nuclear official appealed to the Japanese government to be more forthcoming about the crisis.
(By Chico Harlan and Joel Achenbach)

Yoga-store employee arrested in slaying
The woman who police believed was a brave survivor of a brutal attack at a Bethesda yoga store has now been charged with killing her co-worker, even after she convinced detectives that two men in ski masks and gloves raped and beat them. Brittany Norwood, 28, left, was charged late Friday with murder in the March 11 death of Jayna T. Murray, 30.
(By Dan Morse and Maria Glod)

VCU ends Georgetown’s season
The Rams shoot the lights out from three-point range to become the latest low-seeded team to shut down the Hoyas in the NCAA tournament.
(By Steve Yanda)


Gates travels to Russia; European missile defense, Middle East unrest among topics to discuss
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates will make his final trip to Russia as a cabinet member this weekend, as the two military powers struggle to find common ground in the campaign to put a missile defense shield in Europe.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Obama shifts toward military action in Libya
After two weeks of playing down the prospect of military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration is on the brink of inserting itself into a third war in a Muslim nation.
( by Scott Wilson and Joby Warrick , The Washington Post)

Obama endorses military action against Gadhafi, warning of 'the potential for mass murder'
WASHINGTON — After weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed military action against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to stop “the potential for mass murder” of innocents.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

State Department authorizes voluntary departure of Americans from a wider area in Japan
WASHINGTON — The State Department is expanding the area for voluntary evacuations for family members of U.S. personnel in Japan.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Most Americans back gay marriage
For the first time in Washington Post-ABC polling, a slim majority of respondents say same-sex marriage should be legal.
( by Sandhya Somashekhar and Peyton Craighill , The Washington Post)


Date Lab
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Closer Inspection: Small but deadly
Bullets from the National Museum of Crime & Punishment tell morbid tales.
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Whatever Happened To... the Lorton Meteorite?
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The king of clubs
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Metropolitan Jonah goes to Washington
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Maria Riesch beats Lindsey Vonn for Alpine World Cup overall title after final race canceled
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland — Maria Riesch ended Lindsey Vonn’s three-year reign as queen of Alpine skiing on Saturday, winning the World Cup overall title after the final race was canceled.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Coyotes' Vernon Fiddler undergoes new concussion protocol
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( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Vrbata, Doan score, LaBarbera makes 46 saves and Coyotes beat Canucks 3-1
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Andrew Bynum ejected, but Lakers hold off Timberwolves 106-98 for 11th win in 12 games
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Step One: Top-seeded Ohio State blows out Texas-San Antonio 75-46 in NCAA tournament opener
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Egyptians vote on constitutional amendments in nationwide referendum
CAIRO — Eager for their first taste of a free vote in decades, Egyptians formed long lines outside polling centers on Saturday to cast their ballots on a package of constitutional amendments sponsored by the ruling military.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

U.S., allies prepare for military attacks against Libya
President Obama warns that Gaddafi faces imminent military action unless his troops are withdrawn from all disputed cities in the country.
( Liz Sly, Karen DeYoung and Sudarsan Raghavan , The Washington Post)

Allies gather in Paris for crucial talks about how to stem violence in Gadhafi's Libya
PARIS — Leaders from the Arab world, Africa, the United States and other Western powers are holding urgent talks in Paris Saturday over possible military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Plane shot down over main rebel-held city in eastern Libya
BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan rebels shot down a warplane that was bombing their eastern stronghold Saturday as the opposition accused Moammar Gadhafi’s government of defying calls for an immediate cease-fire.
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Obama seeks to reset relations in economically vital Brazil with newly elected president
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Talk about Travel
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Japan Nuclear Emergency: An Insider's Look of Fukushima and US Nuclear Power Plants
Former nuclear engineer Richard Lahey, who oversaw General Electric's safety research in the early 1970s for the nuclear reactors used in Fukushima, will answer questions about Fukushima's nuclear reactor, nuclear crises, and nuclear power plants in the United States.
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Carolyn Hax Live: Advice columnist tackles your problems (Friday, March 18)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
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Japanese government says milk, spinach near stricken nuke plant have unsafe radiation
TOKYO — Spinach and milk taken from farms near Japan’s crippled nuclear plant exceeded government-set safety limits for radiation, the government said Saturday, in the first report of food contamination from the accident.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Report: Japan's government to lend up to $122 billion to companies for quake recovery
TOKYO — Japan’s government is creating a lending plan worth up to 10 trillion yen ($122 billion) to help companies recover from this month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, a business newspaper reported Saturday.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Woman in anti-Asian video says she's leaving UCLA; school says she won't be disciplined
LOS ANGELES — A student who posted an Internet video of her tirade against the Asian population at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Friday night that she is leaving the school, despite the university’s decision not to discipline her.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

CBO: Obama budget underestimates deficits by $2.3 trillion over upcoming decade
WASHINGTON — A new assessment of President Barack Obama’s budget released Friday says the White House underestimates future budget deficits by more than $2 trillion over the upcoming decade.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Fed brings good news to major banks
The nation’s large banks have made major progress rebuilding capital levels that had been depleted during the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve said Friday, as it gave many of the firms the green light to pay dividends to their shareholders.
( by Neil Irwin , The Washington Post)

NYT: ALERT FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS: China Ratchets Up Bank Reserves Again

March 19, 2011 


Surprising some who expected its monetary tightening to be suspended after the Japanese earthquake, China took another step to rein in inflation.


Nissan, Honda and Toyota are all carefully reviewing how they will get back to normal and make up for delays in deliveries to their overseas dealers and factories.


The scientific panel’s findings could provide a legal basis for the F.D.A. to try to limit, phase out or even possibly ban menthol in cigarettes.