NATO Scrambles to Topple Gaddafi
Three months of war against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi have backed the Libyan dictator into a corner, but his stubborn refusal to leave office has raised international fears that the war has bogged down. NATO and other Western officials insisted at meetings that ground troops would not be needed to oust Gaddafi. The war effort has been intensified with the deployment of helicopter gunships capable of more precise targeting of Gaddafi's military positions. A brief chess match between the dictator and an eccentric Russian politician did little to ease pressure on Tripoli. Germany, which was slow to follow European allies like France into the war, chose to recognize the rebels as Libya's legitimate rulers June 13.
Despite rocket strikes by Gaddafi forces, rebels in the western mountains advanced east toward Tripoli
Gaddafi's capital has come under steady attack by NATO aircraft; Libyan state agencies claim 800 civilians have died
Officials in the rebel-held port of Misratah warned of a looming Gaddafi crackdown on the city of Zlitan, on the road to Tripoli
World by the Numbers
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Murders connected to an intensifying conflict between farmers and loggers in the Amazon region since May
Unemployment rate in the second half of 2010 in Gaza, the Palestinian territory blockaded for five years by Israel
Land-mine fields planted during a decade-long civil war; the last area was cleared June 14
23.6 THE PHILIPPINES
Height, in inches (59.9 cm), of Junrey Balawing, named the world's shortest man on his 18th birthday
$6.6 billion IRAQ
U.S. cash, sent to Iraq after the 2003 invasion, that was allegedly stolen or is otherwise unaccounted for
An Asian Giant's Growing Pains
A scuffle between migrant street vendors and security personnel near China's southern metropolis of Guangzhou sparked a series of riots and the detention of 25 people. The unrest comes amid a wave of social upheaval, which many ascribe to widespread anger at growing inequalities in the country as well as frustration with corrupt local officials.
Police Hunt For Activist Hackers
Authorities seized 32 people believed to belong to the global hacker collective Anonymous, which has targeted the websites of corporations and nation-states, including Turkey. Days earlier, three hackers suspected of various acts of sabotage were detained in Spain. In response, hackers briefly shut down Spain's main police site.
For a Bleeding Nation, Comfort in Protest