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Sep 4, 2011, 11:56 p.m.

Talks fail with Gaddafi loyalists in desert bastion

NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) - Forces of Libya's interim ruling council are poised for an assault on the desert town of Bani Walid after negotiators failed to persuade Muammar Gaddafi loyalists to abandon one of their last remaining bastions. The town is one of just a handful of areas in Libya still under the control of Gaddafi loyalists after a six-month rebellion ousted the leader from Tripoli last month.

Storm Lee threatens Southeast with heavy rains

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - After testing New Orleans' flood defenses over the weekend, Tropical Storm Lee moved northeast on Monday after weakening to a tropical depression, and threatened to bring heavy rains and flooding to a large section of the U.S. Southeast. Moving slowly inland, the powerful rainmaker was on course to hit Mississippi on Monday and Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky on Wednesday and Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane center said.

Europe set to fall again as growth gloom hits stocks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - European shares were set for sharp losses on Monday after Asian stocks slid and the euro hit a three-week low against the dollar, as fears of a renewed U.S. recession and sustained worries about the euro zone debt crisis prompted investors to sell riskier assets. U.S. employment data on Friday showed the world's biggest economy failed to create any jobs last month for the first time in nearly a year.

Obama vows federal help for Irene victims

PATERSON, New Jersey (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Republicans not to play politics with federal disaster aid as he toured flood-stricken New Jersey and pledged to do everything possible to help states recover after Hurricane Irene. With rain-swollen rivers receding in the Northeast after the region suffered its worst flooding in decades, Obama was greeted by cheering crowds of several thousand people lining the streets of the working-class city of Paterson, one of hardest-hit from the storm.

Mitt Romney faces Tea Party doubters

CONCORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Presidential contender Mitt Romney tried to win over doubters from the conservative Tea Party movement on Sunday, telling them he was the Republican candidate who can beat back the "heavy hand of government" and create jobs. Brushing off a small protest from activists who consider him too liberal, Romney addressed a Tea Party rally in the New Hampshire town of Concord.

No apology from N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg over aide's arrest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to apologize on Sunday for how he handled the resignation of a former deputy mayor, who was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Stephen Goldsmith, the former Deputy Mayor for Operations, was arrested in Washington on July 30 after a fight with his wife. According to a police report, he shoved and grabbed her.

Japan storm death toll rises to 25, more missing

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's death toll from tropical depression Talas, earlier downgraded from a tropical storm, has risen to 25 with 52 missing, the government said Monday, as torrential rain pounded the west of the country at the weekend, triggering mudslides and bursting river banks. Talas, which cut through Japan's main island Saturday and Sunday, was off the country's western coast as of 8:00 p.m. EDT, heading northeast, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

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