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First, world news — Libyan authorities are again blaming Islamic radicals and the West for conspiring to cause chaos in the country.
The New York Times reports authorities made the statement during a conference for foreign journalists. Today, world leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are set to meet in Geneva to increase pressure on Muammar Gaddafi.
As many as 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in nearly two weeks of protest.
Still in world news — Oman became the latest Middle East nation to see anti-government protests in its streets.
London’s Financial Times reports young people are still blocking two intersections to an industrial port city, as the government steps up its effort to defuse the crisis. On Sunday night, the Omani sultan announced the creation of 50,000 more jobs for Omanis and monthly unemployment benefits of $390.
The protest is entering its third day.
In U.S. news -- Speaker of the House John Boehner says he wants the country to take a deep look at itself from the inside -- calling the nation’s trillion dollar debt a “moral threat”.
Politico reports Boehner made the comments while speaking in Nashville on Sunday. The GOP House Speaker saying it is“immoral to bind our children to as leeching and destructive a force as debt.” It’s the latest move in the war of words between Boehner and President Obama.
The Daily Mail notes, while the U.S. government is on the brink of a government shutdown, and the economy is at risk of gridlock if the two party leaders do not find a common ground.
Boehner did not offer much of a solution to the nation’s economic crisis, but he did tell the country -- you "better start praying.”
In U.S. news — the last living U.S. World War I veteran passed away on Sunday.
Sources including CNN say Frank Buckles died of natural causes at his home in West Virginia. He served as an ambulance driver during the war, and rose to the ranks of corporal when it ended. Buckles was 110.
In entertainment -- The star-studded Kodak Theatre played host to the the 83rd Academy Awards, but if you weren’t the one holding an Oscar -- you might have been disappointed.
The bubbly Anne Hathaway and a confident James Franco hosted Hollywood’s premiere night, but didn’t impress E! Online. It reports the night was full of follies and a few awkward F-bombs. A prolonged monologue by Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas took away from of glitz and glamour as well.
Fortunately last night’s winners didn’t notice. Colin Firth took home honors for Best Male Lead in The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman was the Best Female Lead in Black Swan. Christian Bale was recognized as the best supporting male role for his portray of Dicky Eklund in The Fighter.
Oscar night’s biggest winners included The Social Network which nabbed three wins, but its British rival The King’s Speech came out ahead with four win wins -- including Best Picture of the Year.
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