While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

EGYPT PROTESTS TURN TO PRAYER IN “DAY OF DEPARTURE” Cairo’s Liberation Square fills with protesters calling for immediate end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The US works behind the scenes to convince Mubarak to cede power. (Reuters)

SYSTEMATIC’ CRACKDOWN ON MEDIA IN EGYPT Journalists from Egypt, Great Britain, the United States, India, Australia, Greece and other countries have reported being jumped, beaten, detained and interrogated while reporting on the uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (CNN)

MYANMAR JUNTA LEADER NAMED PRESIDENT Newly elected parliament names Thein Sein, part of long-ruling military junta, news president, ensuring that the first civilian government in decades will be dominated by the army that has brutally suppressed dissent. (AP)

GABRIELLE GIFFORDS’ HUSBAND WILL FLY SPACE SHUTTLE Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman wounded in Arizona shooting, will fly the space shuttle Endeavour’s final mission in April. (Politico)

ONE OF 10 WORLD’S GROWN UPS IS OBESE Joint UK-US study measures body mass index (BMI), cholesterol and high blood pressure data from 1980 to 2008.(BBC)


North African Upheaval Pushes Immigrants To Italian Island La Stampa


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