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8:27am

Sat March 19, 2011
Middle East

Police Storm Protest Camp In Yemen

A brutal crackdown failed to stop massive protests against Yemen's U.S.-backed president, who attacked a protest camp in the south's main city on Saturday but couldn't halt demonstrations there or in the capital.

Police shot live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in the makeshift camp in Aden, wounding at least 13 people including three hit by the live rounds, demonstrators told The Associated Pres by telephone.

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8:00am

Sat March 19, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Japanese Crematoriums Overwhelmed By Demand

The earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan's northeast has torn the social fabric of many communities wrought havoc on the normal cycles of life and death. In the northern city of Kesennuma, where at least 300 people were killed by the tsunami, communities are struggling to maintain dignity and respect as they send off the deceased.

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8:00am

Sat March 19, 2011
Africa

U.S., Allies Discuss Military Action Against Libya

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

In Libya, forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi are continuing their attacks on rebel-held towns less than a day after Gadhafi's government declared a cease-fire. In Paris today, Secretary of State Clinton is meeting with key allies to plan possible military action in Libya. The U.S., France, Great Britain and others are set to give final approval for a no-fly zone over Libya but the details of how this military operation might work are unclear.

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8:00am

Sat March 19, 2011
Middle East

Egyptians Vote On Amendments To Constitution

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Egyptians vote today in the first election since ousting Hosni Mubarak from power last month. At stake: nine amendments to the constitution that the former ruler helped create. Supporters say the referendum is the first step toward a real democracy in Egypt. But opponents argue the measures leave too much power in the hands of Egypt's future presidents and they want the constitution scrapped.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports voter turnout is unusually high in some districts.

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8:00am

Sat March 19, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi: ' Who Gave You The Right To Intervene?'

A day after Moammar Gadhafi's government announced a cease fire, forces loyal to the Libyan leader are still a threat to the rebels who have defied him. A defiant Gadhafi warned Britain, France and the United Nations that they will regret it if they attack his country. NPR's David Greene talks with Scott Simon about the scene in Tripoli.

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