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Michelle Obama delivers pep talk to students

Michelle Obama on Saturday urged Cambodian students to finish their education, follow their dreams, and demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country.

The U.S. first lady, visiting Asia to promote the "Let Girls Learn" initiative, did not explicitly criticize Cambodia's human-rights record or its government, ruled for 30 years by authoritarian prime minister Hun Sen. But she sent a pointed message.

At a high school, she met with 10 girls who shared tales of rising early to feed their families and help with farming before making long treks to school. "You are role models to the world," she said, seated on a wooden school chair beside the students and Cambodia's first lady, Bun Rany. "Use your voices to advocate for good things." - AP

20 detained in attack

Tunisian prosecutors say 20 people have been detained over links to the deadly attack on the Bardo museum. Prosecutor's spokesman Sofiane Selliti declined to offer details on the Saturday detentions beyond saying there had been an "important evolution" in the investigation. Two Tunisians trained in neighboring Libya opened fire in the museum Wednesday, killing 21 people before they died in a shootout with security forces. - AP

Lee's condition worsens

The health of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, has further deteriorated, the government said Saturday. Lee remains at the hospital where he has been treated for six weeks. A brief statement from the Prime Minister's Office said his "condition has worsened." It did not elaborate. - AP