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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

OBAMA TO UNVEIL NEW OFFSHORE DRILLING PLANS Administration confirms plans for drilling along Atlantic coastline and possibly in Eastern Gulf of Mexico, to be detailed in Maryland speech to be watched closely by conservationists and energy industry.  (Houston Chronicle)

A SECOND DOUBLE BOMB ATTACK IN TWO DAYS IN RUSSIA At least 12 dead, including nine police officers, after two bombs exploded in southern republic of Dagestan. Follows Moscow subway attack that killed 39. (CNN)

LANDMARK SERBIAN APOLOGY FOR ’95 SREBRENICA MASSACRE Serbia’s Parliament passes resolution to apologize for Europe’s worst tragedy since World War II. Pro-Western government wins vote for bill that says Serbia should have done more to prevent killing of some 8,000 innocent Bosnian Muslims.(BBC)

INFLATION, UNEMPLOYMENT RISE IN EUROPE Rising oil prices push inflation in Euro zone higher faster than economists forecast, while unemployment rate reaches double-digits for the first time since 1998. (Bloomberg)

VATICAN LAUNCHES LEGAL DEFENSE TO SHIELD POPE FROM U.S. LAWSUIT As pressure mounts on Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican launches a legal defense aimed at shielding the pontiff from a key lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to have him answer attorneys’ questions under oath. (AP)

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