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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Tuesday, February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

GADDAFI ASSERTS CONTROL, REPORTS OF GUNFIRE AND FOOD SHORTAGES Residents in the Libyan capital of Tripoli report a food shortage, gunfire and intimidation by security forces as country’s longtime ruler gave no indication of succumbing to week-long anti-government protests. (CNN)

NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE DEATH TOLL NEARS 70 Prime minister John Key says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude lunchtime earthquake hits Christchurch, second largest city. (BBC)

IRANIAN NAVY SHIPS PASS THROUGH SUEZ CANAL, ISRAEL ON EDGE Israel says it’s a provocation that two Iranian Navy ships were passing through the Suez Canal heading for the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. (NYT)

BLOOMBERG TO SIGN OUTDOOR SMOKING BAN New York mayor to ban smoking in nearly 1,700 parks and 14 miles of public beaches, boardwalks, marinas and pedestrian plazas. The law will go into effect on May 23, with violators facing a $100 fine. (CBS)

-from Worldcrunch

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