While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

LIBYA DEATH TOLL ESTIMATED AT 1,000, GADDAFI HOLDING ON Italy’s Foreign Minister says his information puts death toll near 1,000, as foreign residents are evacuated amidst fear of pro-Gaddafi crackdown. France calls for sanctions. (Reuters)

RAHM EMANUEL ELECTED MAYOR OF CHICAGO Former White House chief of staff overwhelms five rivals to take the helm of third-largest US city after retirement of longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley. (AP)

NEW DEMONSTRATIONS ERUPT IN GREECE Police disperse dozens of stone-throwing demonstrators in Athens as a 24-hour general strike grips Greece to protest government’s far-reaching budget cuts. (BBC)

NEW ZEALAND QUAKE TOLL AT 75, WOMAN PULLED ALIVE FROM RUBBLE Rescuers search for survivors in country’s second largest city. Ann Bodkin pulled out alive after being trapped in her office for 24 hours. (CNN)

DETAILS EMERGE IN PIRATES KILLING OF AMERICANS United States naval says it was shadowing hijacked yacht, and Special Operations troops rushed to the craft, killed pirates, only after they saw a burst of gunfire on board. But all four hostages were already dead or fatally wounded. (NYT)

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