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Monday, March 21, 2011

Morning Newsdome: U.S. soldier's Afghanistan "trophy photos" worse than Abu Ghraib

Egyptian women voting in constitutional referendum
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>> German newspaper Der Spiegel published three "trophy photos" of U.S. soldiers proudly posing with Afghan civilians they killed, causing what NATO officials believe will be more damning than the Abu Ghraib photos. Now why in the world would anti-American sentiment be so high in Afghanistan? (AP)

>> French, British and American forces have begun strikes on Libya, shifting from a no-fly zone to attacking ground forces. Libyan officials claim there have been 64 civilian deaths from Western attacks, and that no country is being accountable for their actions. For once, it was the French, not the Americans, that started the warmongering. (Reuters, the New York Times)

>> Meanwhile, the four New York Times journalists that had gone missing for six days were released today by the Libyan government to Turkish diplomats. Seif al-Islam Qaddafi, Muammar's son, said that they were released because they were American, not European, though now two AFP reporters and a Getty Images photographer have gone missing. Wait, they like Americans? (the New York Times, Reuters)

>> Egyptians excitedly voted on a constitutional amendment package on Saturday, the first time since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, waiting up to three hours in line. I get antsy after waiting 15 minutes. (the New York Times)

>> And finally: AT&T, the second-ranked mobile provider, is buying the fourth-ranked T-Mobile for $39 billion, creating the country's largest wireless carrier. The FCC still has to break up approve the deal. Hope this results in some better commercials. (the Wall Street Journal)

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