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US: Warships move toward Libya, consulate in Berlin evacuated

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when an armed mob stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Tuesday and set it ablaze.

Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days. The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a specific mission. But they give commanders flexibility to respond to any mission ordered by the president.

U.S. investigators are looking into whether the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a coordinated terrorist assault to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and not just spontaneous mob violence triggered by an anti-Islam video on YouTube.         

The speaker of Libya's Parliament says the attackers "may have had foreign loyalties" - an apparent reference to international terrorists.

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to find those responsible and vows: "Justice will be done."

The U.S. Embassy says its consulate in Berlin has been evacuated as a precaution after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope.
    
Spokeswoman Ruth Bennett said the smell came from an envelope containing supporting materials for a visa application given to consular employees by the applicant in person Thursday morning.
    
There were no reports of injuries and American and German authorities are now examining the contents of the applicant.
    
Bennett says she has no immediate information on the status of the person who brought the envelope in.
    
The U.S. Embassy is located in downtown but the consulate is in the southern Zehlendorf area.

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