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Beginning of the End

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Troops, tanks, and weapons have begun to make their way back to the United States.

By December 31 America will end its eight year war Iraq.

"It was very hard to get information, not impossible, but really hard," Anne Barrels NPR war correspondent said."We walked in to the bombing campaign pretty ignorant about the country."

The report weaves the narratives of a war correspondent and an American colonel together to give a broader view on the bombing campaign and the fall of Baghdad.

NPR has broken the war down into event-based segments that will make the topic easier to listen to and easier to understand.

Clashes in Cairo

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Violence erupted between mobs of protestors and security forces leaving two killed and over 600 injured.

The Boston Globe set the scene with strong images of protestors hurling stones and setting armored vehicles ablaze.

BBC paints a similar picture, but with much milder words, saying that protestors lobbed rocks and set police vehicles on fire.

However, both reports cover the actions of the police force in a similar light.

"They were shooting rubber bullets directly at the heads," Malek Mostafa, a protestor told the Associated Press. "I heard an officer order his soldiers to aim for the head."


Berlusconi resigns

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Parliament accepted the austerity conditions that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi submitted as terms for his resignation.

The austerity measures included increasing the resignation from 65 to 67 by 2026, offering tax breaks to companies that hire young adults, and selling state assets according to the New York Times.

The debt in Italy is $2.6 trillion dollars which Time Magazine reports to 120 percent the country's economic output.

With these numbers being broken down by Time and the New York Times it brings a greater clarity to the 380 to 26 vote that approved his terms for resignation.

Greece to beef up bailout

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As economic woes continue for the country new bailout plans were discussed at a meeting of the European summit.

The bailout plan rose from 109 billion Euros in July's plan to 130 billion Euros according to a report from Businessweek.

The article outlines the debt of the nation by stating its debt will reach 163 percent Greece's gross national product by the end of the year, and forcasts an even worse fate with this total reaching 198 percent of the gross national product by 2012.

These numbers are telling, but the anecdotes in the New York Times gives these numbers a face.

"I am not a protestor," Giovanni Urciulo, a small business owner, told the New York Times. "But soon the top on the kettle will pop."

Muammar Gaddafi Killed by Rebel Forces

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Former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebel forces.

Gaddafi became the ruler of Libya in September of 1969 when he carried out his collegiate plan to overthrow the Idris monarchy and had remained in power until August of 2011.

BBC News describes his rule as an Arab nationalism mixed with a socialist welfare state and popular democracy, however, the democracy doesn't allow for a challenge to national power.

However, rebel forces challenged his regime.

The Guardian reports that Gaddafi was hiding in a drain after a NATO airstrike and was captured by rebel forces. Graphic photos were released of Gaddafi's bloodied corpse.

Under a new succession law, male and female heirs will have an equal right to the throne in the United Kingdom.

The new law would allow the eldest child, regardless of gender, to inherit the throne and to marry a person of the Catholic faith. According to CNN, this change was unanimously agreed upon by 16 countries at a Commonwealth of Nations summit in Australia. However, each government must ratify these changes nationally.

"Attitudes have changed fundamentally over the centuries," British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a televised address. "And outdated rules should evolve with them."

Discovery News reports that debates on succession rights grew before the wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, but the opposition decreased as the monarchy's popularity increased.

This law would affect any future children that the pair might have. "Put simply," Prime Minister Cameron said. "If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen."

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