One down, one to go.
Planet hunting is by far the hottest area of astronomy these days, and just about everyone who’s in on the search is looking for the same thing: a distant world where life could exist, at least in theory.
From the battlefields along the Demilitarized Zone to the fearful capital of Saigon and southward, the allies last week were nearly everywhere on the military and political defensive, waiting uncertainly for the Communists' next blow and by no means confident that it could be wholly blunted. A full 25 days after the Communists first launched their general offensive, South Viet Nam was still a country taut with terror and riven by fire.
Almost 10 years ago, Osama bin Laden ghosted away from the Afghan battlefields. Since then, it is as if the doomsday sheikh had slipped into a twilight zone where the only proof that he was alive was the chilling voice on a spool of tape, the occasional video image and a string of terrorist outrages and wars lengthening around the globe that claim inspiration from him and his cause.
East Libya’s rebels are fighters, but they’re not an army.
As the G-8 leaders and the U.N.
Sri Lankan military authorities predicted a swift end to the country’s 25-year civil war after tens of thousands of civilians who had been trapped in a narrow combat zone in the country’s north for over two months escaped the iron grip of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on April 20. But more fighting is in store before that end can be reached. It will take weeks, if not longer, to capture or kill the over 500 hardcore Tigers including leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who is holed up deep inside the zone ready to fight to the death