Libyan warplanes struck the coastal city of Ras Lanuf on Tuesday as rebels braced for what they fear could be a more intense assault, while government troops bore down on the western city of Zawiya.
Air force jets carried out multiple airstrikes against rebel positions in the oil port city, NPR's Peter Kenyon reported. He said loudspeakers in Ras Lanuf broadcast requests for information on missing people a day after aerial strikes reportedly caused casualties there.
On Thursday, a hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security will investigate "the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community's response". On Monday, Tell Me More host Michel Martin spoke with one Muslim Congressman who voiced reservations about the scope and tone of the hearings. On Tuesday, Martin speaks with the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser whose testimony will be a centerpiece of the probe.
While Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fights a military campaign to oust him, pressure is mounting on Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. This week the Yemeni leader rejected a proposal by opposition parties that would have required him to leave by the end of the year. Now, as public demonstrations against Saleh's regime continue, Yemen's opposition is calling for an escalation against the president. Al Jazeera International's Washington bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara discusses the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
If I picked my number one album of any given year based solely on how many times I played it, the self-titled debut from Broken Bells would have been light years ahead of everything else I listened to last year. One of the most infectious releases of 2010, Broken Bells perfectly pairs The Shins frontman James Mercer's falsetto with the elegant but quirky sonic sensibilities of über-producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).