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Teenage Girl Pens Threatening Letter to Santa

LiquidLibrary/JupiterImages(LONDON) -- Naughty or nice? It seems Santa Claus has a pretty clear decision when it comes to one 13-year-old British girl, reports UK's The Daily Mail.

Makeeda Austin wrote her Christmas wish list like any other young teen might do, but she added one extra element: She threatened Santa with death if she doesn’t get at least two items on her list. She even said that she would “hunt down” his reindeer and cook and serve their meat to homeless people on Christmas Day if he fails to deliver.

Makeeda’s mom, Tracey Austin, found the disturbing letter in her daughter’s schoolbag. Among the demands on the list was a BlackBerry device, designer clothes, Converse sneakers, and Justin Bieber.

Showing no remorse, Makeeda said, “I don’t see any problem with the letter, I want all of these things and I don’t see why I shouldn’t get them.”

Mom calls her “a lovely girl but demanding,” adding, “She’ll probably be getting a phone and some money.”

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Mother-in-Law's Nasty Email Goes Viral; Brits Boycott Her

John Foxx/Stockbyte(LONDON) -- She has been called Momzilla, the British mother-of-the-groom who sent a scathing e-mail to her future daughter-in-law after the bride-to-be committed a few social faux pas during a weekend visit to her country home.

Carolyn Bourne, 60, sent shock waves across the Atlantic after she chastised her son's fiancée, Heidi Withers, for "rude behavior" that apparently included sleeping late, asking for seconds at the dinner table, and bad-mouthing the future in-laws at the local pub.

Bourne teed off on Withers for being what Brits might call "a little madam," demanding the family cater to her needs and exhibiting "uncouthness" and "lack of manners."

She even suggested that Withers consider finishing school to polish up her savoir faire. "It's high time someone explained to you about good manners," Bourne wrote. "Yours are obvious by their absence and I feel sorry for you."

Withers, 29, is a production assistant in London and was so upset that she sent the nasty note to her friends. The story soon went viral and has dominated the British media for days.

Now, an online group is urging people to boycott Bourne's family-owned flower shop, Whetman Pinks Nursery, in the southwestern coastal town of Dawlish in Devon.

"If Mrs. Bourne apologizes, we will remove the boycott," wrote the group, Universally Aware. "We are here to raise the consciousness of all people."

Bourne's e-mail went on to say it was "unfortunate" that her son Freddie, who runs a bicycle shop, had fallen for Withers.

At least one thing crosses the pond loud and clear, according to one expert: Bourne's future relationship with her daughter-in-law is dead.

"What's interesting in this story is that the woman isn't a mother but a step-mother to the affianced young man and it certainly sounds as though what's at stake is territory -- the future mother-in-law isn't about to cede a inch to the young woman of whom she's profoundly jealous," said Peg Streep, author of Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt.

"This dynamic, alas, isn't limited to just stepmothers and fiancees who are perceived as interlopers but even happens between mothers and daughters as well," she said. "The arc of the young woman's life -- the fiance who dotes on her, the grand wedding, the sense of future possibility -- throws what's wrong or what hasn't happened in the older woman's life into high relief and sets off a self-serving rant which would be funny if it weren't meant to be hurtful. It's true enough that the girl should have written a thank-you note but, even if she had, it wouldn't have made a whit of difference," said Streep.

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NATO Allies Say Gadhafi Cannot Remain in Power in Libya

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The leaders of the U.S., Great Britain and France have issued a collective statement saying there can be no peace in Libya as long as Moammar Gadhafi remains in power.

The statement is in a letter signed by President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and published in the U.K., France and here in the U.S. in the Washington Post.

The leaders stated while NATO has no mandate to remove Gaddafi by force, “It is impossible to imagine a future for Libya with Gadhafi in power."  The letter stated that to allow Gadhafi to remain in charge “would be an unconscionable betrayal of the Libyan people.”

The heads of state called on NATO to continue military operations to put pressure of Gadhafi’s government and protect civilians.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told foreign ministers in Berlin that the alliance would continue “day by day, strike by strike” to target Gadhafi’s forces.

NATO forces dropped bombs on military installations in Tripoli Thursday as Gadhafi's forces responded with anti-aircraft and machine gun fire.  Later in the day, Libyan TV broadcast video of Gadhafi standing in the open sun roof of a car driving through Tripoli, pumping his fist in the air as supporters cheered.

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What's in Gadhafi's Letter to President Obama?

MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wrote a letter to President Obama Tuesday imploring him to urge NATO to stop the attacks inside Libya and wishing him luck in his re-election bid, according to a copy of the letter obtained by ABC News.

Describing President Obama at one point as “our son” and later as “Baraka Hussein Abu oumama,” Gadhafi appeared to reserve any criticism of the United States during his rambling three-page message.

“We have been hurt more morally that [sic] physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavor [sic] and hope that you will gain victory in the new election compaigne [sic],” Col. Gadhafi wrote.

The letter, dated April 5, was sent from the Libyan Foreign Ministry to Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who immediately sent it to the White House.

Asked Wednesday whether the letter signaled any desire by Gadhafi for dialogue, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton only reiterated that Gadhafi needed to step down from power and halt attacks by his forces.

"I don't think there is any mystery about what is expected from Mr. Gadhafi at this time,” she said.

In the letter, Gadhafi urged President Obama to stop NATO’s attacks on his forces.

“Your intervention is [sic] the name of the U.S.A is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame,” he wrote.

In making the request, Col Gadhafi praised Obama, saying, “You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.”

Gadhafi said that “Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country. This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered direct military armed aggression during Reagan’s time. This country is Libya.”

“As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of AlQuaeda in Benghazi,” he later added.

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