As the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi underscores, eastern Libya is awash with heavy weaponry, security forces are weak, and the people with the biggest guns rule. Paragovernmental militias patrol the streets, and Libyans fear that militant violence, if left unchecked, could engulf the new Libya.
With anti-U.S. protests continuing across the Islamic world, President Obama's goal of resetting and improving relations seems in doubt. Audie Cornish talks with the Obama campaign's foreign policy adviser Michele Flournoy about the administration's Middle East agenda, and differences with the Romney campaign.
Publications in Ireland, France and Italy have printed pictures showing Princess Kate sunbathing topless while on holiday with her husband, Prince Williams. Lawyers for the couple went to court Monday to seek an injunction against the Italian publishing house owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that has published a broad spread of the photos.
Relations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama have been strained over Israel's call for a "red line" regarding Iran, beyond which military action directed at Iran's nuclear facilities would become inevitable.
Canada has ended its longstanding resistance to an international treaty calling asbestos a dangerous material, in a decision that reflects a shift in the leadership of Quebec province, home of Canada's asbestos industry.
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