Printed on: November 19, 2013

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Libyan army deploys against militiamen

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's military swept into the capital Monday with dozens of pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns in an operation to drive out militiamen, met by a warm welcome from Libyans seething with anger against the numerous armed groups running rampant in the country.

Libya is seeing its strongest public uproar yet against militias, which have fueled lawlessness nationwide since the 2011 fall of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. The heavily armed groups, some of them led by Islamic extremist commanders, have defied control by the weak central government, carving out fiefdoms, acting as a law unto themselves and imposing their control.

The move to rein in militias risks detonating an explosive backlash leading to outright battles between rival militias.

Treason process starts for Musharraf

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court says the

government has formally started the process to try former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf for treason.

The court says the government sent a letter Monday asking Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to choose three high court judges to try Musharraf.

The government announced Sunday it planned to try Musharraf for treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while in power. Musharraf would be the first army chief tried for treason in a country that has experienced three military coups.

Photographer shot at newspaper office

PARIS (AP) -- French police are hunting for a gunman suspected in a shooting Monday at a Paris newspaper office that gravely wounded a photographer, as well as three other attacks around the nation's capital.

The motive for the attacks, which prompted heightened security at media offices and the busy Champs-Elysees shopping avenue, is unclear.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said authorities believe a lone gunman was involved in the shooting at the prominent daily newspaper Liberation, a similar incident at news network BFM-TV, a shooting outside French bank Societe Generale and a brief hostage-taking.

Memorial at Egypt square upsets some

CAIRO (AP) -- Where tents once sprouted and giant crowds chanted against their rulers, Egypt's interim prime minister on Monday inaugurated a memorial to protesters killed in the country's revolutionary turmoil in Cairo's famed Tahrir Square.

But some of those who participated in those popular revolts feel the memorial doesn't honor the dead as much as it tries to paper over the continuing deep disputes over Egypt's future. They say the military-backed interim government, which was brought to power after the July 3 coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, is seeking to impose its control over what they see as an intrinsically anti-authoritarian space.

The inauguration comes a day before the anniversary of some of the fiercest confrontations in 2011.