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Rice set to make history in Libya

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Condoleezza Rice is set to make history today when she becomes the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Libya since John Foster Dulles in 1953.

Rice will shake hands with Moammar Gadhafi, closing a nearly three-decade era of bitter animosity between the United States and the North African nation.

U.S. officials say they think Rice may see Gadhafi in a tent, his favored location for high-level meetings, surrounded by an all-female bodyguard corps, but that plan could change.

Relations between the U.S. and Libya still face strains on a number of fronts, ranging from human rights to the final resolution of legal claims from 1980s terror bombings, including Pan Am Flight 103.

Rice is currently in Portugal, where she's scheduled to hold a news conference. She will also visit Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

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