*Under the shadow of the Libyan war to the end, President Barack Obama sped to the finish of his Latin American journey on Tuesday, promising a better U.S. fight against the violent drug trade that plagues Central America and undermines the security of an entire region.

In tiny El Salvador, Obama again found his time diverted and his agenda eclipsed by the U.S.-led military campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He was scuttling a trip to Mayan ruins here Wednesday morning in favor of a national security meeting on Libya.

The president is returning to Washington on Wednesday a couple of hours earlier than scheduled.

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Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize under Attack

*Forbes is reporting, Russian Liberal Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky released a statement Monday saying that the prize, awarded to Obama in 2009 for his work on nuclear non-proliferation, was hypocritical in light of recent missile attacks in Libya.

“These developments in Libya are another outrageous act of aggression by NATO forces and, in particular, the United States,” Zhirinovksy’s statement, which appeared in Russian, is quoted by Forbes as saying. He went on to call the strikes part of a “colonial policy” with the goal to control Libyan oil.

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