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Syria 1st-Hand: Journalists Visit al-Qubair "No One Can Deny the Brutal Killings"

United Nations monitors enter Al-Qubair on Friday, after they were blocked from doing so on the previous day

Sky News's Tim Marshall reports that despite the UN's best efforts, the key evidence of Wednesday's mass killings in al-Qubair have been covered up.

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Iran Special Analysis (Part 1): The Nuclear Report --- "May" Is Not "Definitely"

Let's start with the "smoking gun" statement from the IAEA that does not exactly smoke: 

Prior to the end of 2003....activities [which may be related to a militarised nuclear effort] took place under a structured programme. There are also indications that some activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device continued after 2003, and that some may still be ongoing. 

"May" is not definitely. In the analogy of the BBC's Paul Danahar, drawing from the language of a Reuters report, "If the answer to the question 'Do you think she likes me?' was 'strong indications that she might possibly", I would not be off to buy a ring."

But let's examine "may" in the context of the IAEA's 15-page annex, which in the spin of unnamed officials to media this week, became "definitely".

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Libya LiveBlog: Uninstalling a Regime...Phase 1 Complete

2055 GMT: Opposition fighters have liberated Qaddafi's infamous Abu Slim prison, south of Tripoli. The prison fell with very little resistance, and the prisoners have been set free.

In 1996, prison guards killed 1200 prisoners after they complained about prison conditions.

2043 GMT: The Qaddafi forces have set fire to the Brega oil refinery before they retreated from the town:

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