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Posted at 9:29 AM ET, 02/22/2011

New Zealand quake, 'I am in Tripoli,' and American arrested in Pakistan

By Melissa Bell
Moammar Gaddafi spoke from a car saying he was still in Tripoli. (AFP PHOTO/HO/LIBYA TV)

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International news: Libya unrest

Moammar Gaddafi retains power of Libya for now -- but just barely. Two pilots defected to Malta rather than fire on civilians. Government officials have abandoned the regime. The opposition seems to have taken control of much of the east of the country, according to CNN's Ben Wedeman. The Post's Sudarsan Raghavan and Leila Fadel write:

In interviews with Libyan residents, exiles and diplomats, as well as in videos posted online, a picture unfolded of a nation in the throes of the bloodiest revolution to so far emerge from the populist upheavals sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.

Follow the Middle East protests on The Post's interactive map.

International news: New Zealand earthquake

An earthquake and several aftershocks have devastated the town of Christchurch, New Zealand, toppling buildings and churches, killing at least 65 people and shaking a massive chunk of ice off the country's largest glacier. More than a 100 people are thought to be trapped beneath the rubble.

International news: Pakistan killing

The story of Raymond Davis has become all the more politically sticky. Davis said he opened fire on two Pakistani men after they tried to rob him at a traffic signal in Lahore. He is under arrest in the country, but the United States has been working hard to extradite him, claiming he has diplomatic immunity. However, Davis is, in fact, a CIA operative who has been working for the past two years monitoring militant groups in large cities in Pakistan.

Story to read: The "Challenge coins" fad

From Post writer Christian Davenport:

"Challenge coins," as they are known, have become an important part of the ethos of the armed forces, where the story of service members' careers - deployments, promotions, awards - is told by the ribbons and patches on their uniforms. Traditionally, commanders hand out the coins to troops for exemplary service and morale boosting.
But in recent years, many outside the military have adopted the tradition, turning a sacrosanct ritual, some say, into a form of military chic that is now part of the Washington power game. The coin craze extends into almost every nook of the federal government. The secretaries of education, transportation and agriculture have coins. So does the EPA administrator, and even the Department of Agriculture's Office of Information Technology.
The coins have gone global - the Australian ambassador has one. And corporate: Boeing has a coin. So does Starbucks.

Read the full story here.

By Melissa Bell  | February 22, 2011; 9:29 AM ET
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Gadhafi has been a lunatic and a renegade head of state for 42 years in the international political circles, and the subject of scorn and ridicule in the global media. But now that even his people want to shove him into the garbage dump of history, his lunacy has reached the apogee of his irrational behavior, and he is ready to take as many Libyan down with him before he meet his fate. Videos I get at was very much scandalous. It should not be supported and must beprotested.

Posted by: mastermind7526 | February 23, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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