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Gadhafi Using Foreign Children As Mercenaries In Libya

NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro tells NPR Newscasts she saw a small group of young pro-Gadhafi fighters were captured outside Libya's eastern city of Brega, which is controlled by rebels. She says the youngest boy was about 13 and said he was from Niger:

They said they had been put on planes and given weapons to fight Libyan pro-democracy rebels. They said they had been promised money and that everything would be fine...and the (Brega) crowd here is extremely angry, there's a real sense of disgust.

EGYPTIAN PRIME MINISTER QUITS

The BBC reports Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has resigned. He wasn't in power very long, since he'd been appointed to the job by President Hosni Mubarek just a few days before Mubarek was ousted. Protesters saw him as too close to Mubarek to stay.

GERMANY ATTACK: POSSIBLE TERRORISM

Two U.S. airmen died yesterday when a single gunman walked up to their military bus in Frankfurt Wednesday and shot them. Two other airmen were wounded. NPR's Eric Westervelt tells Morning Edition the shooter, who's in custody, is a young man from Kosovo of Albanian descent. The AP says German prosecutors think the suspect, who is Muslim, acted alone but are investigating terrorism, motivated by "Islamism".

70 TEXAS HOUSES BURNED BY WILDFIRES

The Amarillo Globe-News says a weekend firestorm is the costliest disaster ever to strike that part of the Texas panhandle. Along with the homes, 110 structures were damaged and 25,000 acres were burned. No one was killed but area residents are shaken.

NFL BARGAINING AGREEMENT EXPIRES TONIGHT

The labor contract between the NFL and the Players Union vanishes at midnight and many things could still happen very quickly. The Washington Post reports the players union is ready to decertify: that would let players go to court as individuals to get an injunction to stop the owners from locking them out. Yesterday on Tell Me More, NPR's Michel Martin talked with USA Today's NFL writer, Jarrett Bell, about the dispute between owners and players.

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