1. DIPLOMACY

    Leon Panetta Visits Libya

    TRIPOLI, LIBYA - DECEMBER 17:  U.S. Secretery of Defense Leon Panetta (C) greets members of the Libyan delegation on the tarmac on his arrival at Tripoli on December 17, 2011 in Tripoli, Libya. Panetta is the first US Defense Secretery to visit Libya. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais - Pool/Getty Images)

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    The new Libyan government finally has some money to spend, now that the United Nations has lifted sanctions on its central bank. The move unfreezes tens of billions of dollars in assets. Meanwhile, Leon Panetta is in Tripoli to meet with the new government—it's the first ever visit by a U.S. defense secretary. He'll meet with Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib and Defense Minister Osama al-Juwali, as well as visit the graveyard of 13 U.S. sailors killed in a raid on a pirate ship in Tripoli's harbor in 1804.

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