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quarta-feira, 2 de março de 2011

Libyan military bombs area controlled by opposition

By the CNN Wire Staff
March 2, 2011 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
  • NEW: Gadhafi says thousands will die if the U.S. or NATO intervene
  • Gadhafi blames former Gitmo prisoners for the unrest
  • Fighting is under way for control of al-Brega, a resident says
  • A tribal leader says military camps near Ajdabiya are bombed by airplanes

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Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Libyan military aircraft flew over a section of eastern Libya Wednesday, dropping two bombs on an area largely controlled by the opposition.

A CNN crew saw the bombings. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The battle in the area of al-Brega, which has key oil and natural gas facilities, came as leader Moammar Gadhafi tried to regain control.

Earlier Wednesday, military aircraft bombed military camps on the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiya, a tribal leader said.

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The tribal leader, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons, said youth in Ajdabiya were amassing and heading toward the conflict area to help defend the town, which has been in the control of opposition forces in recent days. Some military bases in eastern Libya have fallen into the hands of protesters as more members of the military have abandoned Gadhafi's regime and joined demonstrations.

The aerial bombings could support calls by some in the opposition for the United States and international groups, such as the United Nations, to impose a no-fly zone over the country, preventing Gadhafi from using aerial attacks. The United States has said all options are on the table. Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said imposing a no-fly zone would be "an extraordinarily complex operation."

The Arab League met Wednesday to consider a resolution rejecting foreign military intervention in Libya, where protesters have been demonstrating for weeks, calling for more freedoms and for the longtime ruler to step down.

As Gadhafi's forces launched their aerial attacks, the 68-year-old leader warned that "thousands and thousands of people will be killed" if the United States or NATO "intervene in our country."

In another of his trademark lengthy, rambling speeches carried on state television, Gadhafi continued to claim that there are no peaceful Libyan protests, only al Qaeda-backed efforts to tear the country apart. He blamed the problems on former prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were released to Libya and then freed by Libyan authorities after they pledged to reform. He said they turned out to be members of al Qaeda sleeper cells -- but insisted that his country is "stopping al Qaeda from flourishing," and preventing Osama bin Laden from moving into North Africa.

Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya for more than 41 years, also denied having any assets besides "history, the people the glory -- not the American dollars or the oil."

The speech lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

The conflict between Gadhafi's government and protesters is in its third week. It followed protests in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia that successfully ousted their leaders.

International efforts to persuade him to follow the message of protesters and step down have also ratcheted up.

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The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Tuesday to suspend Libya from its seat on the 47-member chamber Human Rights Council. It was the first time the assembly had suspended a member of the council.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly that he welcomed the decision and urged the international community to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Libya. "The world has spoken with one voice," he said. "We demand an immediate end to the violence toward civilians and full respect for their fundamental human rights, including those of peaceful assembly and free speech."

He added that reports from the ground "are sobering," with deaths and ongoing repression.

"Arms depots and arsenals have reportedly been opened to gangs who terrorize communities. There are reports that government forces have fired indiscriminately on peaceful protesters and bombed the military bases in the east of the country," Ban said.

"The death toll from nearly two weeks of violence is unknown, but likely to exceed 1,000," with thousands more wounded, he added, using the same fatality figure he had used Friday.

Libya's ambassador to the United States estimated Monday that the death toll was about 2,000.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the leader's 38-year-old son who has spoken on behalf of the regime during the protests, told CNN his talks with the opposition were in "chaos" because the opposition is divided, with no clear leaders.

U.S. officials made similar comments about the opposition. A U.S. official who wanted to remain anonymous because the official was not authorized to speak on the record said it's "unclear who the leaders in the opposition are and that makes it difficult" for the United States to provide assistance.

The capital city of Tripoli remained under the control of Gadhafi's rule, though opposition forces have taken control of the eastern city of Benghazi and other cities amid deadly unrest.

The U.N. refugee agency reported that nearly 150,000 people had crossed Libya's borders into Egypt and Tunisia, and thousands more were arriving hourly at the borders.

Ban called for immediate action by the international community. "Time is of the essence," he said. "Thousands of lives are at stake."

CNN's Ben Wedeman, Salma Abdelaziz, Arwa Damon, Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, Eve Bower, Jim Boulden, Frederik Pleitgen, Richard Roth, Jack Maddox, Whitney Hurst and Antonia Mortensen contributed to this report


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Middle East Protests: Stock Markets Hit

12:58pm UK, Wednesday March 02, 2011

David Connolly, Sky News Online

Protesters across the Middle East and North Africa have continued to challenge the authority of their leaders, driving down share prices as the unrest spreads.

An anti-government protester shouts slogans as he waves Yemen's national flag during a protest outside Sanaa University

Yemen's president has failed to quell more than two months of protests

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has blamed the United States and Israel for a wave of protests against his 32-year rule.

"I am going to reveal a secret," he said in a speech at Sanaa university. "There is an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilising the Arab world. The operations room is in Tel Aviv and run by the White House."

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a so-called "Day of Rage" to demand that Saleh step down on Tuesday.

In the capital, demonstrators chanted "With blood and soul we support you, Aden," referring to the southern port city where most of the 24 people killed in the past two weeks of protests have died.

"Organisers told me it was the biggest turnout they've seen in two weeks of protests," said Tom Finn, a journalist in Sanaa.

"I was at the Sanaa University, which has become the centre of anti-government protests. The atmosphere there is largely jovial and festival-like. The place is flooded with tents, people are sat their chewing qat - a mildly narcotic leaf - and singing and dancing.

"There was also a pro-government demonstration in Tahrir Square in the centre of Sanaa and the scenes were very similar there."

Saleh is a key US ally and receives military aid to help fight al Qaeda in the country, but on Tuesday the president claimed that the US ambassador in Sanaa was holding meetings with the opposition.

The White House rejected Saleh's criticism saying the Yemeni government should focus on political reform rather than "scapegoating".

Saleh proposed forming a unity government to quell two months of protests, but the opposition rejected the offer. On Tuesday, he replaced the governors of five mostly southern provinces at the centre of the protests.

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The kingdom's stock markets hit a 22-month low amid fears that unrest across the region could spread to the world's biggest oil producer.

Activists have used Facebook to spread calls for demonstrations to demand political reform on March 11 and 20.

Selling on the largest Gulf Arab bourse picked up pace on Tuesday after human rights activists said authorities had detained a Shia cleric who had called for a constitutional monarchy.

Meanwhile, more than 70 Saudi intellectuals urged King Abdullah to oust corrupt politicians, curb government spending and provide better oversight of government business deals.

In a statement they also also called for the release of people detained without judicial orders and more rights for the Shia Muslim minority.

Tehran's chief prosecutor has denied that opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi have been arrested.

"There is a limit to lies, and rumours of transferring Mr Mousavi and Karroubi to a prison are a sheer lie," Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

Mehdi Karroubi (L), addressing a press conference in Tehran on October

Karroubi was reportedly arrested after calling for protests on February 14 (File)

Family members of the two men said on their websites that Mousavi, Karroubi and their wives had been transferred to Tehran's Heshmatiyeh jail from their residences in the Iranian capital.

About 200 people were detained by security forces after thousands of people took to the streets to protest over the reported arrests, an opposition website said.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary investigation into anti-government protests called by Mousavi and Karroubin on February 14 has called for "firm legal action" against the opposition leaders.

The resignation of three more cabinet ministers has increased uncertainty about the interim administration's ability to govern the country until elections can be held.

Nejib Chebbi, who founded the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, was the most high-profile to quit. He said he was not happy with the new prime minister and "unjust" government measures that prevent him from seeking the presidency.

Chebbi's party was long the primary legal opposition group in Tunisia. Many other opposition parties were banned.

One of those was legalised on Tuesday after more than 20 years.

Ennahdha, branded an Islamic terrorist group by Tunisia's deposed leader but considered moderate by scholars, said it would now focus on rebuilding and electing a new leader to prepare for the elections.


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Gaddafi: 'There Are No Protests In The East'

Colonel Gaddafi has told supporters that there are "no protests at all in the east", blaming any clashes on al Qaeda sleeper cells attacking security forces.

The Libyan leader appeared on state television and in front of the world's media to deny extensive protests across the country, despite reports of battles with rebels in the east.

His speech came as David Cameron told the House of Commons that Britain had launched an operation to rescue Egyptians stranded at the Libya-Tunisia border.

Colonel Gaddafi was seen being mobbed by supporters in the capital, chanting: "You will remain great".

Colonel Gaddafi greets supporters in Tripoli

Colonel Gaddafi greets chanting supporters in Tripoli

During his address, the leader vowed to fight to the last man and woman to defend his country, reiterating a similar sentiment to his son Saif who yesterday told Sky News he would live and die in Libya.

Referring to calls from foreign leaders for him to step down, Colonel Gaddafi said he had no position to leave as he is a symbol for the Libyan people.

His speech comes as witnesses near the port town of Ajdabiyah, less than 500 miles from Tripoli, claim two fighter jets have launched air strikes on the area in a "hit and run" attack.

We are ready to hand out weapons to a million, or two million or three million, and another Vietnam will begin. It doesn't matter to us. We no longer care about anything

Colonel Gaddafi

The reports come as rebels confirmed a bloody battle with Gaddafi forces overnight in the nearby port town of Brega, which apparently left 14 people dead.

Although revolutionaries initially said the town and oil export terminal had been taken by the leader's men, they claim they have once again regained control.

The Brega oil facility had been under rebel control

The Brega oil facility had previously been under rebel control

"They tried to take Brega this morning, but they failed," said Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the rebel February 17th Coalition.

"It is back in the hands of the revolutionaries. He is trying to create all kinds of psychological warfare to keep these cities on edge."

However, Libyan state television contradicted the rebel reports, claiming Colonel Gaddafi's forces now control the airport and the seaport at Brega.

A rebel police general, speaking on condition of anonymity, said men from Ajdabiyah had travelled to help defend the town.

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Pro-Gaddafi supporters turned out in Tripoli following the tanker accident

Witnesses claim more than 100 vehicles, thought to contain militia or Gaddafi's forces, made their way towards Brega on Tuesday and say helicopters as well as planes were used in the raid.

Mr Gheriani said Ajdabiyah was also now "stable" and said rebels were regrouping to prepare for "any major assault".

The apparent retaliation by Gaddafi loyalists comes as men gathered in Tripoli to show their support for the leader, seemingly fearing that the capital was under attack.

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Men carrying posters of Colonel Gaddafi and green flags appeared after an oil tanker overturned and caught fire, sending plumes of smoke above the city.

"The reaction to this explosion shows you just how nervous this city is," said Sky correspondent Lisa Holland, who is in Tripoli.

"Within minutes, dozens of people had rushed to the scene to show their support for Colonel Gaddafi."


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Avião de guerra bombardeia cidade líbia tomada por rebeldes, diz CNN

Do UOL Notícias
Em São Paulo

Um avião de guerra bombardeou a cidade de Brega, a leste da Líbia, nesta quarta-feira (2), segundo informações dos correspondentes da rede americana CNN.

Mais cedo, houve relatos de uma forte explosão na cidade, palco de confrontos entre partidários do ditador Muammar Gaddafi e opositores.

Tony Birtley, correspondente da“Al Jazeera”, também disse ter visto uma bomba cair em Brega. Segundo ele, há cerca de 300 apoiadores do governo na cidade, mas eles estão cercados pelos opositores.

“Acabamos de assistirum jato da Força Aérea da Líbia sobrevoar Brega e soltar pelo menos uma bomba perto da nossa posição, onde as forças anti-Gaddafi se reuniram”, disse ele.

Os rebeldes líbios anunciaram nesta quarta-feira ter recuperado o controle de Brega, depois de uma ofensiva das forças de Gaddafi que deixou pelo menos dois mortos, informaram fontes ligadas aos opositores em Ajdabiya (160 km ao oeste de Benghazi).

Brega, que fica 200 km ao oeste de Benghazi, epicentro da revolta no leste do país, "está agora totalmente sob o controle da revolução", afirmou um general da polícia que pediu anonimato.

"As forças de Gaddafi chegaram a Brega e combateram, mas agora recuam", declarou à AFP Mehdi Suleiman Hussein, um dos combatentes em Ajdabiya. Segundo ele, apenas os "mercenários" enfrentavam os insurgentes.

Na cidade de Ajdabiya tiros foram disparados para celebrar a vitória dos opositores em Brega.

"Durante a noite, as forças de Kadhafi atacaram o aeroporto de Brega, onde enfrentaram os rebeldes", declarou à AFP Ayman al Moghrabi, um médico que participa no apoio médico aos combatentes de Ajdabiya.

As forças militares entraram em Brega com vários tanques e artilharia pesada e ocuparam um bairro residencial, segundo testemunhas, que também relataram combates intensos no porto da cidade.

Segundo o jornal líbio "Quryna", citando uma fonte médica, quatro pessoas foram mortas e três ficaram feridas nos confrontos em Brega.


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Chuva em SP derruba sistema do Detran e do IR em todo o país

Do UOL Notícias*
Em São Paulo

A forte chuva que atingiu a cidade de São Paulo nesta terça-feira (1) provocou uma queda de energia que afetou o Serviço Federal de Processamentos de Dados (Serpro), órgão que realiza a transmissão de informações online de todos os Departamentos Estaduais de Trânsito (Detran) do país.

Segundo o Denatran (Departamento Nacional de Trânsito), o problema foi em São Paulo, mas como o sistema é interligado, as atividades nos demais Estados foram desestabilizadas. Por conta disso, o atendimento informatizado nos Detrans (Departamento Estadual de Trânsito) foi paralisado na manhã desta quarta-feira (2). A previsão é de que a serviço volta a funcionar até 12h.

O Serpro é responsável por enviar informações relativas a dados de veículos e condutores para os órgãos estaduais, como boletins de ocorrência, acidentes com veículos e entrega de habilitações, por exemplo.

O órgão divulgou divulgou nota hoje admitindo que o seu centro de dados em São Paulo está fora do ar e houve uma falha no sistema de proteção contra variações de energia elétrica.

Como o Serpro em São Paulo é responsável por receber as declarações do Imposto de Renda, os contribuintes não estão conseguindo enviar os formulários. O prazo para a entrega da declaração do IR começou ontem (1º), quando a Receita recebeu 153.974 documentos, ante 124.620 do primeiro dia de envio do ano passado. O download do programa gerador da declaração normalmente na página da Receita Federal, no entanto, está funcionando.

O Denatran não soube informar quantas pessoas foram afetadas pela pane.

Em São Paulo, a assessoria de imprensa do Detran alegou que alguns serviços estão lentos e outros indisponíveis. Porém, eles não souberam especificar quais.

No Rio de Janeiro, o Detran informou que o atendimento informatizado de todos os postos de vistoria e habilitação do departamento está parado. No Paraná, o órgão está impossibilitado de emitir carteiras de habilitação, realizar transferências e primeiro emplacamento, por exemplo.

A assessoria da Polícia Civil de Minas Gerais, órgão ao qual o Detran-MG esta subordinado, o sistema de base de dados estadual está funcionando, mas somente permite e a marcação de exames médicos e de direção. O setor de emissão da Carteira Nacional de Habilitação, bem como o de 2ª via do documento, estão parados.

Outro Estado que teve as operações afetadas foi o Espírito Santo. Em função da instabilidade no Serpro, atividades que dependem do BIN (Base do Índice Nacional) e do Binco (Base Nacional de Condutores) ficaram comprometidas. Serviços como licenciamento de veículos, primeiro emplacamento e emissão de carteira de motorista estão muito lentos ou indisponíveis.

* Com informações de Fabiana Uchinaka e Guilherme Tagiaroli, em São Paulo, Rayder Bragon, em Belo Horizonte, e Agência Brasil.


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Dois recém-nascidos morrem após curto-circuito na UTI neonatal de hospital em Nova Iguaçu

Plantão | Publicada em 01/03/2011 às 22h38m

O Globo

RIO - Dois bebês recém-nascidos morreram após um curto-circuito na UTI Neonatal do Hospital Geral de Nova Iguaçu, na Baixada Fluminense, na noite de sábado. A direção da unidade informou que o problema elétrico foi provocado por um pico de luz, o que é frequente na unidade, segundo a direção. A secretaria municipal de Saúde vai abrir uma sindicância para apurar o ocorrido.

Em nota oficial enviada à imprensa, porém, a secretaria se defende, afirmando que a morte dos bebês não foi causada pela queda de energia: "os recém-nascidos foram atendidos de forma adequada e a morte de dois dos prematuros não tem relação com o incidente ocorrido, pois os mesmos estavam em estado gravíssimo e com baixa expectativa de vida".

No momento do curto-circuito, 15 recém-nascidos estavam internados no local. De acordo com o secretaria, "todos foram transferidos com segurança, na presença de uma enfermeira especializada em terapia neonatal e de um médico neonatalogista, para a unidade de recuperação pós-anestésica do centro cirúrgico e para a obstetrícia da UTI neonatal", afirma a nota.


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Charlie Sheen Meus filhos estão muito bem ... Meu caminho agora é claro ... A derrota não é uma opção ..!

Charlie Sheen
My sons' are fine... My path is now clear... Defeat is not an option..!


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iPhone 5 bezel suggests larger edge-to-edge display

Feb. 28, 2011 (9:30 am) By: Matthew Humphries

It seems to be a day for Apple product bezels to leak. We’ve already seen a white iPad 2 front bezel, but this next leak is decidedly more interesting.

The image above is of an iPhone 5 bezel as seen on Chinese accessories site iDealsChina. The specific measurements of the bezel have not been given, but it looks to be similar in dimensions to the current iPhone 4 while allowing for a larger display.

Such an edge-to-edge display for the new smartphone fits with earlier rumors of a 4″ screen. Removing the space from either side of the existing 3.5″ screen would allow for the extra half an inch. A minor overall dimension change may be required to fit the larger display in, but I doubt many will notice such a change.

Below are a couple of mock-up images to give you an idea what the final iPhone 5 could look like as well as comparing it to iPhone 4:

Read more at iDealsChina and 9 to 5 Mac, via Pocket-lint

Matthew’s Opinion

There is very little Apple can do with the design of the iPhone to make it stand out from previous models. Jony Ive can’t mess too much with the classic button below the screen and curvature of the case. But if you can make a larger display fit within the same case dimensions that’s pretty huge in terms of catching a users’ eye.

Just looking at the mock-ups above you can instantly see the difference in the new model while it manages to retain the iPhone look. If this is the final design it is going to go down very well with iPhone users. If the phone has somehow been made thinner and lighter too, that’s just a bonus.

iPhone 5 is clearly going to be all about that gorgeous 4″ display enhanced by it having no edges.


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