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Army private Bradley Manning, accused of dispersing classified government data to WikiLeaks, is being moved from his detention in a Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, amid growing criticism of his pre-trial conditions.
According to Al Jazeera, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that Manning would make the move in the close future and would be put in a facility which typically houses those with short prison terms or those awaiting trial.
Pentagon officials said they made the decision because the new facility offers a more extensive array of health care for Manning and not because his previous detainment in Quantico was inappropriate, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to Al Jazeera, the Pentagon's announcement comes only a week after a UN torture investigator spoke out about being denied an unmonitored visit with Manning and Germany's parliament decried Manning's treatment to the White House.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Manning currently faces almost two dozen charges, the most serious aiding the enemy, which can be punishable by death sentence but Army prosecutors have told Manning's defense that they will not recommend the death penalty.


The Tokyo Electric Power Company said Sunday that it has created a plan that will stabilize reactors at the nuclear power plants damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami by the beginning of next year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the plan will stabilize 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and bring them into a state called a "cold shutdown."
The two-part plan will also improve safety conditions at the plant amid the struggles to cool reactors, the New York Times reports.
The Los Angeles Times reports that since March 11 explosions in the plant have released dangerous radioactive isotopes into the air, soil and water.
According to the New York Times, part one of the timetable plans to install a cooling system to lower the reactors' temperatures and reduce radiation in the surrounding area.
The second part of the plan will bring reactors into a stable shutdown state and will allow workers to eventually deactivate the reactors, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mubarak decries allegations of corruption


Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made the first remarks since his ouster denying abuses of power for personal gain Sunday.
According to CNN, Mubarak said that by investigating into his finances the Egyptian government is trying to tarnish his reputation and undermine his "history."
The pre-recorded speech was broadcast by the Al-Arabiya news channel after demonstrators in Cairo demanded that the transitionary government investigate into Mubarak's large wealth, CBS news reports.
According to CNN, Mubarak and his sons were summoned for questioning by the Egyptian attorney general's office the same day.
Mubarak claims that allegations about owning property abroad or possessing foreign bank accounts are false and that he is willing to cooperate with any investigation to prove so, CBS news reports.
According to CNN, Mubarak also added that he would sue anyone who tried to undermine his reputation.

Charlie Sheen booed off stage during tour opener


Charlie Sheen was booed off stage by the audience at the Fox Theatre in Detroit before he could complete his tour-opening show Saturday night.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Sheen opened up his "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option" tour to a standing ovation but ended the night amid jeers and walk-outs.
For the show, Sheen attempted to position himself as a folk hero of freedom and even offered an incoherent rant from a presidential-style podium, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Sheen was accompanied in his show by his porn-star girlfriends dubbed "Goddesses".
According to the Los Angeles Times, the show abruptly concluded after the heckling from the crowd became so intense that he announced a break in the performance but then never returned to stage.

Latest clash in Syria leaves 12 dead


After two days of anti-government demonstrations, at least 12 Syrians are left dead in the city of Latakia.
According to The Guardian, the Syrian Government has blamed the deaths on "attacks by armed elements on the families and districts of Latakia" while opponents accused security forces of opening fire on protesters.
In an effort to ease tensions, the Syrian government promises to soon lift an emergency law that currently allows it to detain people without charges, the New York Times reported.
Analysts call the government's promise "meaningless" because people can be detained by other Syrian laws that greatly restrict freedom, according to The Guardian.
According to the New York Times, at least 61 people have died as a result of crackdowns on protesters in Syria.


Libyan state TV reported Sunday that pro-government forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have retaken the town of al-Bregahad from the opposition.
According to CNN, state TV claimed that al-Bregahad had "been cleansed from the criminal gangs and mercenaries."
Al Jazeera reports that the retreating opposition, a force of loosely organized rebels with little military experience, were seen heading towards Ajdabiya, a gateway to the rebel headquarters of Benghazi.
According to CNN, opposition leaders have confirmed the retreat but called it a "tactical retreat."
The retreat from al-Bregahad is a continuation of a recent string of defeats in cities in the east for the poorly equipped opposition, Al Jazeera reports.
CNN reports that the government controlled by Gadhafi is intent on taking back all rebel-held cities despite international pressure and a no-fly zone approved by the Arab League on Saturday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejects U.S. apology


President Hamid Karzai rejected an apology from the U.S. and NATO for the accidental killing of nine Afghan boys Sunday, citing civilian casualties as no longer acceptable.
U.S. Gen. David Petraeus apologized Wednesday for the death of nine boys in a NATO air strike in Afghanistan but was told by Karzai that expressing regret is not enough, according to MSNBC.
CNN reports that Karzai also told Gen. Petraeus that civilian casualties are no longer acceptable and that they are a major strain on the relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez explained in a video statement that the responding troops thought that they were engaging insurgents but were really attacking boys aged 12 and under from the nearby village, MSNBC reports.
According to CNN, Petraeus apologized to Karzai and Afghanistan again Sunday, promising that it won't happen again.

As turmoil continues in Libya, oil prices continue to soar


Libyan oil supplies continue to be constricted as protesters continue their upheaval of Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime.
Anti-government rebels continued to lay siege to the Libyan capitol of Tripoli on Sunday as opposition leaders declared that they were now in control of 85 percent of Libyan oil production, the New York Times reports.
According to the Associated Press, the biggest consumers of Libyan oil are Italy, France, Germany and Spain but the uncertainty over Libyan oil production during the turmoil have sent international oil prices soaring.
In an attempt to combat the disruption in Libya's oil production and calm international markets, Saudi Arabia has increased its production by about 700,000 barrels more a day, the New York Times reports.
In Libya, oil fields have been looted by armed men as European militaries conduct midnight raids to evacuate expatriate oil workers from the chaotic region, the Associated Press reports.


Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, proposed democratic reforms for his country early Monday but warned of a "fierce civil war" if unrest continues.
During a speech on Libyan state television Gadhafi proposed democratic reforms including drafting a constitution, bolstering local governments, raising salaries, relaxing restrictive laws and extending loans, CNN reports.
According to the Los Angeles Times, while Gadhafi proposed the radical reforms he also vowed to fight the anti-government unrest "to the last bullet."
Gadhafi also criticized the international media, largely banned from Libya under a tight communications control, for overstating the extent of the violence during the recent protests in Libya, CNN reports.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Gadhafi acknowledged that protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi had seized control of the town but would not confirm reports that parts of the military had disowned his father's regime.

Captain who inspired "Moby Dick" ship found


Maritime heritage archaeologists have discovered sunken remains of a whaling ship belonging to a 19th century captain regarded as the inspiration for Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.
The "Two Brothers" ship-wreck was found in shallow waters about 600 miles north-west of Honolulu, Hawaii, BBC news reported.
Archaeologists found whaling harpoons and lances, an anchor, a hook for stripping whale blubber and cast-iron cauldrons used to turn blubber into oil in the wreck, according to BBC news.
The story of Captain George Pollard's previous shipwreck aboard the Essex, wherein a sperm whale rammed the ship and sank it, was Melville's inspiration for Moby Dick, CNN reported.
According to CNN news, the "Two Brothers" ship sunk in 1823 after hitting a shallow reef.