While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

MASSIVE PROTESTS IN EGYPT, ELBARADEI JOINS IN Anti-government protesters clash with police, in major escalation in what was already the biggest challenge to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-rule. Police  used water cannons against Egypt’s pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei and his supporters. (AP)

WIKILEAKS POSTS CABLES RELATED TO EGYPT In face of massive street protests, secret US diplomatic cables rushed to public space outline reports of police brutality. (Wikileaks)

MANDELA RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL The 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon  discharged from a South African hospital after treatment for an acute respiratory infection. (CNN)

REPORT: IRISH P.M. TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT Prime Minister Brian Cowen will announce the date of a general election, according to state broadcaster RTE. (Reuters)

OBAMA NAMES NEW WHITE SPOKESMAN Former Time magazine bureau chief named Jay Carney, who was head of communications for VP Biden, takes over for Robert Gibbs as new White House press secretary. (WashPost)



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