Libyan helicopter gunships fired on a rebel force advancing west toward the capital Tripoli along the country's Mediterranean coastline Sunday and forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi fought intense ground battles with the rival fighters. The opposition force pushed out of the rebel-held eastern half of Libya late last week for the first time and have been cutting a path west toward Tripoli. On the way, they secured control of two important oil ports at Brega and Ras Lanouf and by Sunday, the rebels were advancing farther west when they were hit by the helicopter fire and confrontations with ground forces.
PARIS (AP) — After years of claiming presidential immunity to avoid legal proceedings, Jacques Chirac is finally facing a court. The former president, a bugaboo for George W. Bush during his rush to war in Iraq, on Monday becomes France's first former head of state to go on trial since its Nazi-era leader was exiled
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb killed 12 civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday in an attack President Hamid Karzai condemned as "against all principles of Islam." A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, Mokhlis Afghan, said another five people were wounded Sunday when the bomb planted by insurgents exploded next to a truck carrying civilians. He said the dead included five children, five men and two women. The truck was traveling between the towns of Turwa and Wazakhwa.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday advised Americans not to travel to Yemen and said U.S. citizens currently in the country should consider leaving. The travel warning also said the department has authorized family members of U.S. Embassy staff and non-essential personnel to leave the country.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police cordons around the most devastated section of New Zealand's earthquake-struck city of Christchurch were relaxed Sunday, allowing businesspeople and residents to salvage their valuables nearly two weeks after a temblor that killed at least 166 people. Meanwhile, the government forecast that last month's quake, combined with a larger but less destructive one that hit the Christchurch region in September, will almost halve New Zealand's economic growth this year.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Sunday he is stepping down for having accepted a political donation from a foreigner, which is illegal in Japan. The resignation is another blow to the embattled administration of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, whose public approval rating has fallen below 20 percent amid concerns that the government is failing to tackle serious problems ranging from a lackluster economy and bulging national debt to an aging, shrinking population.
RAYNE, La. (AP) — When the tornado hit this Louisiana town, Jalisa Granger was instinctively sheltering her child from the sudden, fierce winds. Pieces of homes shot skyward, debris lodged in treetops and a U.S. Postal Service truck was flipped on its side. When it was over, the 21-year-old mother lay dead from a tree that had fallen on top of her home, authorities say. But her child survived the tornado's rampage through Rayne, a south Louisiana community of 8,500 people some 70 miles west of Baton Rouge.
PARIS (AP) — John Galliano's signature line is to be presented to fashion insiders less than a week after the disgraced British designer was sacked from Dior amid allegations he made anti-Semitic insults. His fall-winter 2011-12 ready-to-wear collection was initially meant to be shown in a runway show, but the line decided on a lower-key presentation in light of the scandal.
NEW YORK (AP) — How do you top a winter in which you've made fun of Oprah Winfrey to her face, gleefully butchered a classic Simon and Garfunkel song during a telethon and made a guest appearance on Kanye West's mega-selling CD? If you're Chris Rock, the next stop is Broadway.
TARVISIO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn clinched her third discipline title in three days with a super-G victory Sunday to wrap up a memorable weekend of racing. Vonn took the super-combined and downhill titles the past two days and has moved within 96 points of German rival and good friend Maria Riesch in the overall standings with six races remaining this season.