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Need to Know News: Updates from Libya and Japan; AT&T to become biggest cell company?
March 21st, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Need to Know News: Updates from Libya and Japan; AT&T to become biggest cell company?

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" will put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For March 21, 2011 -Role of U.S. military aircraft plateaus, smoke spews from reactors at Japanese nuclear plant, and Twitter turns five...

• Allied forces strike Gadhafi compound; leader's whereabouts unknown: The heart of Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli lay in shambles Monday following bombing by the United States and its allies, prompting a debate about whether the allies were trying to kill the Libyan leader.

• Libya live blog: Role of U.S. military aircraft plateaus, spokesman says: The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where coalition forces launched a series of coordinated airstrikes on Saturday after they were convinced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was not adhering to a cease-fire mandated by the United Nations. Read our complete story and check out our full coverage on unrest in the Arab world. Also, don't miss a gripping, high-resolution gallery of images from Libya.

• Smoke spews from two reactors at stricken Japanese nuclear plant: Smoke spewed Monday from two adjacent reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a nuclear safety official said, setbacks that came despite fervent efforts to prevent the further release of radioactive materials at the stricken facility.

• AT&T-Mobile: AT&T buys T-Mobile USA for $39B: AT&T announced that the new entity would be the biggest in the US with 130 million subscribers. The national mobile carrier choices for US consumers will decrease by one if the purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's U.S. T-Mobile unit by AT&T (T) passes regulatory hurdles. The $39 billion deal, announced ahead of a major wireless conference in Orlando tomorrow, would create the nation's largest wireless carrier and drop the big US mobile carriers to just three.

• Happy 5th #Birthday @Twitter: The message was cryptic. Two words. No context, no punctuation, just: "inviting coworkers." But that short statement proved to be enough to launch a global phenomenon that has launched careers, reunited long-lost relatives, and even, some would argue, topple dictators. It was the first tweet. Since Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey posted it on March 21, 2006, Twitter has registered nearly 200 million users who now post more than a billion tweets every week. Check out @PiersMorgan on the Discover Twitter page.

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  1. IKHAN

    So the biggest military intervention in yet another Arab country after Iraq has begun. and we have the front row seats to fireworks. De ja vu?
    Pity is that the architects of this latest congflagration do not seem to know where they are going with this. What is the end goal or exit strategy ? No one has a clue. Even the military leadership does not seem to know how this 'war' would be or should be prosecuted. Admiral mulen's interview on CNN bears testimony to this.

    with casualties mounting and criticism from Arab League, China & other countries all doesn't seem to be well with what we started.
    we could get bogged down in a quagmire of our own making. The political leadership of France & Britain has hardly any vision or makings of statesmanship but is our political leadeship lacking this too?

    March 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Hena

    Khadafi is another Idi Amin.
    USA taken proper steps with UN, we need to remove him and at the same time we need to save brutality of him
    No one said that No Fly zone will be easy. Every one should have patiene and give every one should give our force
    to get the work done. I think as American People are very much knowing for Goals of this i think is only Senate and Media does have clarity of it.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Hena

    All guest are from previous adminitrations or politicians. they are making their point by playing political point

    March 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lisa

    The Libyan people have already let the world know that they are @ the helm of removing al-Qaddafi from power; and that the only roll the world has w/Libya is as a bodyguard to prevent the rebels from getting killed while they follow their (Libyan rebel) mandate. Nothing more, nothing less.
    Bodyguards don't need exit strategies, considering it's a low key role.
    The rebels will become be emboldened and make it happen sooner than later
    Besides, we'll need to press the 146 other nations, the majority of which agreed to guard these people also. I can't imagine us having the patience to tolerate more than 3 weeks of this.
    By the way, we didn't start this... the Arab League did and pressed the UN.
    We have to stand back and let the Libyans create their own quagmire as long as they basically remain standing, as I've noticed they (the Libyans) have been wanting to fast track this due to what the Egyptians accomplished in a short time...we just couldn't stand watching al-Qaddafi slaughter his own people. I personally don't care what happens to al-Qaddafi, considering he's crazy as a loon.

    March 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LJB

      correction: only 22 nations were involved in affirmative support... the upside of group involvement is if the group doesn't co-operate, we can stand back & retract our help if the others don't start contributing; thereby inflaming our involved allies into hopefully lighting a fire under the non-involved.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. HelenHull102951

    You are dead-on with your analigy and knowledge of the situation in Lybia. Regardless of what the other people are saying, you know what you are talking about. The US did not start this without putting serious thought into every aspect of the issue, this gov does'nt always handle things properly but in this case, it's not about OIL such as the Iraq and afganistan wars.but in this matter our gov did what no other gov has done in the past. And that is to think about our troops on the ground "which will not be put in harms way in Lybia". Anyway, (GREAT CALL)!!! And you are right about the Arab League calling on the US and our Allies for our help.. In the end the people of Lybia will prevail at their cause.

    March 22, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lisa

      Helen, spot-on regarding your 2nd & 3rd sentences regarding the US...your news savy is comforting to hear.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. HelenHull102951

    If we are there to get that CRAZY LUNITIC GADAFFI out of power, then why not put a CRUISE MISSILE up his ass and call it a day. Then the people of Lybia could have the country that they want with the type of government they want!! "WAM-BAM THANK YOU MAN"!!! Pack your bags and head for home... That's my point of view of this problem... *WAYNE-HELEN'S HUSBAND* I MEAN IF YOU SET OUT ON A MISSION, THEN DO IT AND BE DONE WITH IT!!!! THE END.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lisa

      Sigh...Oh contraire, unless one is Libyan, one doesn't have much of a say and can only garner a personal opinion re al-Qaddafi.

      THIS IS NOT OUR MISSION, BUT THE LIBYANS...WE MUST DEFER TO THEIR DESIRES ON WHAT OUR ROLE IS.
      THE LIBYANS WISH TO SEE NO HARM DONE TO AL-QADDAFI, BUT JUST REMOVE HIM FROM POWER....IT'S THEIR CALL, AS WE ARE OBSERVERS THAT ARE TRYING TO STIFLE REBEL BLOODSHED.
      PRESIDENT OBAMA STATED THAT WE ARE TO PROVIDE SECURITY ONLY VIA AIR-STRIKES, NOT TO TRY TO IMPOSE OUR WILL.

      We, the world, have to respect the Libyans that they know what is best for their country; as all of us need to step back from our controlling natures and allow them room... we Americans are bodyguards only...nothing more; besides there are 22 other nations that have an equal say in the joint resolution that the 22 agreed to.

      The world has a right to how they want to live.

      March 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ShamsACI

    Libyans most understandably and believably desiring world's moral supports of other nations more than war conducting mission as that its going on now on their soil that destroys more lives and economy of the country than that Qaddafi's forces were doing as per reports are reaching.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ShamsACI

    Libyans most understandably and believably are desiring world's moral supports more than war conducting supports as that its going on now on their soil that destroys more lives and economy of the country than that Qaddafi's forces have already been doing since long, as per reports are reaching.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. A.R.Shams

    Iraq's voice may please be considered : * IRAQ: - Iraq said on Monday it supported international intervention in Libya, but influential Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr condemned it and said Western states should avoid civilian casualties.

    - Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Iraq supported the U.N. Security Council resolution that authorized the intervention, and would back any action as long as it was authorized by the United Nations.

    March 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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