While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

LIBYA DENIES REPORTS THAT GADDAFI IS LOOKING TO CUT DEAL TO STEP DOWN Opposition leaders say Gaddafi would step down as Libya’s leader if they can guarantee him safe passage out of the country and promise that neither he nor his family will face prosecution. Musa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, called the report: “lies.” (CNN)

NEW STUDY SHOWS HUMANS ORIGINATED IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Extensive genetic study shows that hunter-gatherer populations in the region had the greatest degree of genetic diversity, which is an indicator of longevity. (BBC)

TALIBAN CAR BOMB IN PAKISTAN KILLS AT LEAST 20 The Taliban detonate car bomb in Pakistan’s third largest city Faislabad, also wounding more than 100 people in an attack aimed at the offices of the country’s main intelligence agency. (AP)

IRAN’S RAFSANJANI LOSES KEY POSITION. BLOW FOR REFORMERS Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani loses post as head of an important state clerical body. This follows reports by relatives of reformist opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi — denied by the government — that they have been placed in detention. (Reuters)

OIL DROPS FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE DAYS Oil retreats from a 29-month high as members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries discussed whether to hold a special meeting on a production increase. (Bloomberg)

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