While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

GADDAFI FORCES STRIKE BACK AS REBELS TRY TO MOVE CLOSER TO CAPITAL Reports of Libyan leader’s troops striking back in several cites surrounding Tripoli, as rebellion crept closer to the capital and defections of military officers multiplied. Minaret used as protester refuge blown up. (NYT)

STOCKS FALL, OIL SOARS IN FACE OF LIBYAN UPHEAVAL Stock index futures fall, signaling another down day on Wall Street, as oil prices continued to rally on turmoil in Libya, denting investor sentiment. (Reuters)

AL QAEDA WING HAILS UPRISING IN LIBYA Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb posts statement on Internet, vowing to “do whatever we can to help” the uprising in Libya. (CNN)

ASSANGE LOSES EXTRADITION FIGHT, MUST FACE SEX CHARGES IN SWEDEN Wikileaks founder says sexual assault allegations are politically motivated, and will appeal at the High Court against the ruling in London. (BBC)

NEW ZEALAND QUAKE TOLL RISES TO 98 Authorities expressed “grave fears” that many of the 226 missing are dead. (AP)

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