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The Battle for Misrata Continues. Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi pounded the rebel held city of Misrata on Sunday, hours after the Libyan government claimed its troops had pulled back from the besieged city in order to allow tribal leaders try to negotiate a political resolution. More from the The Guardian. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports more on the use of unmanned American drones in the conflict suggesting that they may provide a "psychological edge" in the fighting.

Army Joins Crackdown in Syria. Al Jazeera reports that the Syrian Army has been called into action to crackdown on anti-government protests in the southern city of Deraa and the Damascus suburb of Douma. Communications have been cut off and, for the first time, the military has become directly involved in attempts to quell the on-going protests against the regime of Bashir al Assad.

Clashes in the South Sudan. South Sudan's army (SPLA) claimed today killing 57 militia members during Saturday's clashes in Jonglei state. The militia forces were to integrate into the SPLA before July 9 when the South will secede from the North after voting overwhelmingly to separate in a referendum and it is not clear what set off this latest round of fighting. All Africa has the full report.

Alternative Vote Referendum Strains UK Coalition. The already strained relations between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Britain's coalition government reached a new low yesterday amid an increasingly bitter campaign ahead of next month's referendum on the voting system. The story in The Independent.

Hundreds of Taliban Escape. Some 500 Taliban fighters, including some high level commanders, have escaped from a detention centre in Kandahar via a 320 meter tunnel. According to a Taliban statement the tunnel was not dug by the inmates but by fighters outside the prison. The tunnel took 5 months to complete. A full report including video from Al Jazeera.

 

Around the World

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Qaddafi Prepared to Consider Free Elections. Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi told The Guardian that Libya is prepared to considering holding free elections, supervised by the United Nations, within six months of the end of the current conflict. Abdul Ati al-Obeidi, who took over from Moussa Koussa defected last month, added that the regime was prepared to consider an interim national government before elections could be held.

Joint Chief Adm. Mike Mullen Visits Pakistan. The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen arrive in Islamabad for a two day visit amidst a low in US-Pakistani relations. Dawn of Pakistan has more on the visit.

Gold Hits $1,500 An Ounce. In Hong Kong trading, the price of gold rose above $1,500 an ounce for the first time after concerns about global economic recovery lifted the metal's appeal as a safe haven.

End of an Era in Cuba. Fidel Castro was formally removed from the leadership of the Cuban Communist Party for the first time since its formation nearly 50 years ago with the senior post going to his younger brother, Raúl Castro, the current Cuban leader. Despite hopes that a younger generation might come to dominate the Politburo, the old guard remained firmly in charge. José Ramón Machado Ventura, 80, was named as Deputy Chairman. Machado is seen as a hard-liner. More from the Los Angeles Times.

 

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