News of the World: Obama tells Gadhafi to step down, Cuba tries USAID contractor Alan Gross

Laura Rozen
March 4, 2011

President Barack Obama called on Libya's Muammar Gadhafi to "step down from power and leave" and said the U.S. is considering the full range of options if the humanitarian situation deteriorates. (New York Times)

Pro-Gadhafi forces fired tear gas at thousands of protesters leaving mosques today in Tripoli. (New York Times)

Turkish journalists protest in Istanbul's Taksim Square today (photo at right) against arrest of six of their colleagues yesterday. (CNN)

USAID sub-contractor Alan Gross goes on trial in Cuba today for distributing telecom equipment to Cuban Jewish groups; family asks for humanitarian release as his daughter, mother have cancer. (ABC News)

PFC Bradley Manning forced to be naked for 7 hours in Quantico Wednesday, his lawyer reports. Pentagon
says the suspect in the WikiLeaks case is a suicide risk. (Associated Press;

Former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove credits WikiLeaks with tidal wave of revolutions, in leaked video of his speech. (Raw Story)

Former U.S. officials were paid to support de-listing of controversial Iranian terror group, the MEK. (Inter Press Service)

Former CIA station chief in Algeria sentenced to 5 ½ years jail for sexual assault. (Associated Press)

Wife of ex-FBI agent Bob Levinson who's been missing four years makes statement upon the U.S. saying it believes he is alive and being held in southwest Asia. (

German computer security expert says  U.S. primarily behind Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's Natanz enrichment facility. (AFP)