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<p>An ammunition belt hangs over a car door painted in the colours of the rebel Kingdom of Libya flag near Brega in eastern Libya March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

An ammunition belt hangs over a car door painted in the colours of the rebel Kingdom of Libya flag near Brega in eastern Libya March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

An ammunition belt hangs over a car door painted in the colours of the rebel Kingdom of Libya flag near Brega in eastern Libya March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building in New York, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>

President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building in New York, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building in New York, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

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<p>Rebels guard their final position along the front line on the road east of Brega as forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pushed them further from strategic oil refineries in eastern Libya, March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

Rebels guard their final position along the front line on the road east of Brega as forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pushed them further from strategic oil refineries in eastern Libya, March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Rebels guard their final position along the front line on the road east of Brega as forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pushed them further from strategic oil refineries in eastern Libya, March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>Rebel fighters take cover during a shelling along the road between Ajdabiyah and Brega March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal</p>

Rebel fighters take cover during a shelling along the road between Ajdabiyah and Brega March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Rebel fighters take cover during a shelling along the road between Ajdabiyah and Brega March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

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