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BRAZILIAN PLASTIC SURGEON SAYS OPERATED ON GADHAFI
SAO PAULO — It was well past midnight when the Brazilian surgeon says he was escorted deep inside a bunker in the Libyan capital.
His assignment: to shave years off Moammar Gadhafi’s appearance by removing fat from his belly and injecting it into his wrinkled face. The Libyan leader also got hair plugs.
“He told me that he had been in power for 25 years at that time, and that he did not want the young people of his nation to see him as an old man,” Dr. Liacyr Ribeiro recalled. “I recommended a facelift, but he refused."
GOVERNMENT BACKERS, POLICE ATTACK PROTESTERS
AMMAN, Jordan — Protesters demanding reforms clashed with government supporters in the center of Jordan’s capital on Friday, pelting each other stones until security forces charged in and beat protesters, as unrest intensified in this key U.S. ally.
The clashes, in which 120 were injured, were the most
violent in more than two months of protests inspired by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. One man reported to have been killed while protesting was later identified as a government supporter who died of a heart attack.
LEADER OFFERS TO GO IF YEMEN'S IN 'SAFE HANDS'
SANAA, Yemen — Facing growing calls for his resignation, Yemen’s longtime ruler told tens of thousands of supporters Friday that he’s ready to step down but only if he can leave the country in “safe hands,” while anti-government protesters massed for a rival rally.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh spoke in a rare appearance before a cheering crowd outside his presidential palace in the Yemeni capital.
Across town, an even larger number of people converged on a square in front of Sanaa University chanting slogans calling for his ouster and waving red cards emblazoned with the word “leave” despite fears of more violence a week after government security forces shot dead more than 40 demonstrators in the capital.
Online abbreviations make Oxford English Dictionary
LONDON (AP) — OMG! LOL! The venerable Oxford English Dictionary approves of the three-letter, Internet-inspired expressions you use for “Oh, my God!” and “Laughing out loud.”
It is adding them to the authoritative reference book’s latest online update.
You can now text the news to your BFE That’s “best friends forever.”
All three expressions — and IMHO, or “in my humble opinion” — are among 900 new words included this week. Cracking the dictionary, however, is no easy task.
“The OED is quite cautious,” said Graeme Diamond, OED's principal editor for new words.
Terms made popular online are only included among the dictionary’s 300,000 entries when they have crossed over into everyday use, Diamond said.
Although the new abbreviations are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old The first confirmed use of OMG was in a 1917 letter by a British admiral.
“Things people think are new words normally have a
longer history,” Diamond said.
Editors publish updates to the online Oxford every three months.
The OED’s Internet version was launched in 2000 and gets 2 million hits a month from subscribers. It may replace the mammoth 20-volume printed edition, last published in 1989.
The new update also includes:
• “muffin top,” ”a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.”
• wag, “wives and girlfriends.” It was first used in 2002 to describe the female partners of members of the England soccer team. Now it denotes the glamorous and extravagant female partners of male celebrities.
“By our standards, wag is a real rocket of a word,” Diamond said. “To go from being coined in 2002 to being included in 2011 is quite unusual.”
• “heart” as a verb, a casual equivalent of “to love” that is represented with a symbol, as seen on millions of souvenirs proclaiming “I (heart) New York.”
It may be the first English usage to come from T-shirts and bumper stickers.
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TOKYO (AP) — IWo weeks after a tsunami triggered a crisis at a nuclear plant, Japan’s government said Friday there is a possible breach at a reactor — meaning radioactive contamination at the complex is more serious than once thought—but there could be other explanations for highly radioactive water detected at the site.
Japanese leaders defended their decision not to evacuate people from a wider area around the plant, insisting they are safe if they stay indoors. But officials also said residents may want to voluntarily move to areas with better facilities, since supplies in the tsunami-devastated region are running short.
The escalation in the nuclear plant crisis came as the death toll from the quake and tsunami passed 10,000 on Friday. Across the battered northeast coast, hundreds of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed still have no power, no hot meals and, in many cases, no showers for 14 days.
The uncertain nuclear situation again halted work at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, where authorities have been scrambling to stop the overheated facility from leaking dangerous radiation. Low levels of radiation have been seeping out since the March 11 quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling system, but a breach could mean a much larger release of
contaminants. The most likely consequence would be contamination of the groundwater.
“The situation today at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant is still very grave and serious. We must remain vigilant,” a somber Prime Minister Nao-to Kan said. "We are not in a position where we can lie optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care.”
The possible breach in the plant’s I Jnit 3 might be a crack or a hole in the stainless steel chamber of the reactor core or in the spent fuel pool that’s lined with several feet of reinforced concrete. The tempera-oire and pressure inside the core, which holds the fuel rods,
remained stable and was far lower than what would further melt the core.
Suspicions of a possible breach were raised when two workers suffered skin burns after wading into water 10,000 times more radioactive than levels normally found in water in or around a reactor, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.
Water with equally high radiation levels was found in the Unit 1 reactor building, Tokyo Electric Power Ca officials said. Water was also discovered in Units 2 and 4, and the company said it suspects that, too, is radioactive. Officials acknowledged the water would delay work inside the plant.830-624-5302
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Qatar becomes 1st Arab country to fly over LibyaSan Antoniol Gun Show«
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) —Tiny Qatar became the first Arab country to fly combat missions over Libya on Friday after NATO agreed to take command of the no-fly zone part of air operations against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.
French and British jets struck Libyan military targets around a besieged eastern dty, as talks in the Ethiopian capital to find a way out of the crisis produced a statement from the Libyan government delegation saying his country was ready to talk with rebels and accept political reform, possibly including elections.
The Qatari fighter jet flew its first sortie alongside a French jet on Friday and the United Arab Emirates pledged
12 warplanes to the effort to thwart Moammar Gadhafi. The international effort has no other countries from the Arab League, a 22-member group that was among the driving forces behind the U.N. Security Council decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.
“Qatar has been a great ally from Day One,” said Mustafa Gheriani, spokesman for opposition Benghazi city council. “It’s an Arab country to be proud of.”
The United States has provided millions of dollars in equipment to many of the league’s countries, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Qatar has close ties to the U.S. military, a reputation for inter
national mediation, and hosts the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera network.
“Having our first Arab nation join and start flying with us emphasizes that the world wants the innocent libyan people protected from the atrocities perpetrated by pro-regime forces,” U.S. Air Forces Africa Commander Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward said.
The international coalition confronting Gadhafi agreed to put NATO in charge of enforcing the no-fly zone, with Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard at the helm, and hammered out a unified command structure.
Despite the leadership confusion, Britain’s senior mili
tary spokesman, said the mission was succeeding.
“We have not been able to stop all Col. Gadhafi’s attacks, and we would never pretend that we could,” Maj. Gen. John Lorimer told reporters in London Friday.
But, he said, "They are losing aircraft, tanks, guns that they cannot replace. His ability to use these weapons against his own people is diminished daily.”
NATO also heads the ship blockade, but British officials on Friday have refused to say whether NATO ships would patrol the rebel-held coastal areas in the east A slide shown to journalists Friday seemed to underline the ambiguity of the naval arms embargo.
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