An anti-Gadhafi rebel stands behind his anti-aircraft gun, as other rebels fire rocket launchers, seen at left, during fighting against pro-Gadhafi fighters, in Sedra, eastern Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.  (AP / Hussein Malla)


BRUSSELS, Belgium — An emergency European Union summit on Libya brought a no-fly zone no closer, but leaders embraced a new Libyan opposition group as a viable partner after cutting all contact with strongman Moammar Gadhafi.


Chart shows the birth rate for girls ages 15 to 19 years old from 1940 to 2009.  (J. Bell - AP)


ATLANTA — The rate of teen births in the U.S. is at its lowest level in almost 70 years.


German troops have been stationed in France as a gesture of unity between the two countries.  (Photograph: Daniel Maurer/AFP/Getty Images)


German combat troops were stationed in France for the first time since the Nazi occupation during the second world war.


Chancellor Angela Merkel would risk popular fury if she had to raise fresh funds for eurozone debtors at a time of welfare cuts in Germany.


Credit default swaps (CDS) measuring risk on German, French and Dutch bonds have surged over recent days, rising significantly above the levels of non-EMU states in Scandinavia.

An art installation of Monopoly houses and hotels by Irish contemporary artist Fergal McCarthy floats on the river Liffey in Dublin, Sept. 21, 2010. The installation was designed to highlight the troubled housing market in Ireland.  (Credit: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

DUBLIN — It was a black Friday for the global markets on fears from China as well as Europe. Over the past few days there has been growing concerns about Ireland’s debt situation and its ability to provide enough funds for a big bank bailout. The top finance ministers from the European Union (EU) meanwhile have reassured global markets at the Ireland situation will not be allowed to go out of hand.

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