BBC News with Zoe Diamond
The authorities in Libya say that fighting between rival militias has killed 14 people and wounded at least eight others. Reporting from Tripoli, here's Jon Donnison.
The fighting in the northwestern corner of Libya has been going on for three days. It's not clear how it started, but it's believed to be between militia made up of ethnic Berber from Zuwara and Arab fighters from several neighbouring towns. There have been reports of shelling and heavy gunfire. Libya's interior minister announced it was sending 200 security officers to try and restore calm. But this vast country has no real central authority, no army to dispatch. Since the revolution which toppled the 42-year-long rule of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been policed by dozens of separate heavily armed militia often with long-standing rivalries.
A UN agency has urged the Lebanese government to hold a full investigation into the recent death of an Ethiopian maid who'd been filmed being beaten and dragged into a car in Beirut. The UN special rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, described the images of the treatment of the maid, Alem Dechasa, as cruel, saying they reminded her of the many migrant workers she met in Lebanon on a visit last year. The video of Ms Dechasa was shown on Lebanese TV, causing widespread outrage.
The American ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, says Syria's actions since the beginning of the month do not encourage hope that the government will comply with a ceasefire plan. She warned the Syrian government not to intensify the violence in the days before 10 April when a ceasefire proposed by Kofi Annan is due to begin. Syria says it's agreed to the deadline. Barbara Plett reports from the United Nations.
Susan Rice said if the regime was seen to violate Kofi Annan's plan, the divisions on the council might narrow given that all members fully support his mission. She dismissed suggestions that Western and Arab support for the opposition was interfering with Mr Annan's efforts, saying it was the weaker party and needed help given the regime's use of excessive force.
Police in California say the gunman accused of killing seven people at a school in Oakland has said that he was seeking revenge for being teased and disrespected. The Oakland police chief said One Goh, a former student at the college, was targeting one particular female administrator. Peter Bowes reports.
According to the police chief in Oakland, Howard Jordan, the man was having some behavioural problems and was asked to leave several months ago. Mr Jordan described the suspect as a chaotic, calculated and determined gentleman whose intention was to kill people. The police chief said he believed Mr Goh was upset that when he attended the school other students mistreated and disrespected him. They are said to have made fun of his ability to speak English. He's currently being held without bail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and carjacking.
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The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called on the world's developed nations to increase the agency's resources for responding to financial crises like those affecting several eurozone nations. She was speaking at the annual general meeting of the Associated Press in Washington. Here's our economics correspondent Andrew Walker.
The financial situation in Europe is less acute than it was, but the crisis has not been resolved. The eurozone countries have taken steps of their own to increase the resources available for emergency loans to struggling countries. Now they've done it, Ms Lagarde says the IMF should do so too. She said she's having discussions with the member countries about the idea. Many of them and Ms Lagarde herself thought it essential that Europe make the first move. Now they've done so, the IMF could provide an additional safety net.
The United States National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. The service said that two tornadoes were affecting the area and warned people to take cover immediately. Commercial flights have been grounded.
With two months to go to the Euro 2012 football championships in Poland and Ukraine, a senior Polish official has warned that the police don't have a list of known foreign hooligans. Adam Easton has this report from Warsaw.
Police here have been focusing on Polish hooligans, who remain a problem in the domestic game and whose hard core number around 5,000. Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to travel to Poland and co-hosts Ukraine in June, and the threat of violence is a concern. A spokesman for the Polish national police force said it had always planned to share information with other countries. He added special agreements must be signed to allow for the sharing of information and those were only just being prepared.
That was Adam Easton reporting from Warsaw.
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BBC News with Zoe Diamond The authorities in Libya say that fighting between rival militias has killed 14 people and wounded at least eight others. Reporting from Tripoli, heres Jon Donnison. The figh
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