While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

GADDAFI REMAINS DEFIANT AS DEATH TOLL MOUNTS Libyan leader appears on TV, sticks to his assertion that youths misled and drugged by al Qaeda — and Western “colonialists” — were to blame for the spiraling civil war in Libya. (CNN)

MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN CLASHES IN CAIRO KILL 11, WOUND 90 Clashes broke out when a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Christians protesting against the burning of a Cairo church last week. Muslims torched the church amid an escalation of tensions between the two religious groups over a love affair between a Muslim and a Christian that set off a violent feud between the couple’s families. (AP)

AT 36 KILLED IN PAKISTAN SUICIDE BOMBING AT FUNERAL In northwestern Pakistan, bombing comes at funeral for the wife of a pro-government ethnic Pashtun tribal elder, with many anti-Taliban militiamen in attendance. Taliban claims responsibility. (BBC)

SEVEN CHILDREN DIE IN PENNSYLVANIA FARMHOUSE FIRE Blaze comes as kids’  mother was off milking cows and their father was driving a milk truck. (AFP)

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