While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

JAPAN’S NUCLEAR CRISIS DEEPENS, AS REACTOR MAY HAVE RUPTURED Authorities say a second reactor unit at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan may be releasing radioactive steam. (NYT)

JAPANESE EMPEROR MAKES EXTRAORDINARY APPEARANCE, TRIES TO RALLY NATION In first ever televised appearance, Emperor Akihito underlines Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s earlier assertion that Japan was going through its worst crisis since World War I. (CNN)

GADDAFI FORCES ADVANCE, GLOBAL EFFORTS TO AID REBELS FALTERS The Libyan army shelled a rebel-held city and closed in on the opposition bastion of Benghazi. In Geneva, former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner berated the international community for its delay in imposing a no-fly zone, saying it was already too late to save lives. (Reuters)

REGIME FORCES IN BAHRAIN OVERRUN PROTESTERS IN CENTRAL SQUARE Security forces with tanks overrun a square in the centre of Bahrain’s capital Manama where anti-government protesters have been camped for weeks. At least three died after police fired on mainly Shia protesters, reports say. (BBC)

PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT SAYS HE WON’T SEEK REELECTION Mahmoud Abbas says explicitly for first time he won’t seek another term, adding that he is willing to travel to the Gaza Strip to promote reconciliation between the feuding Palestinian territories and form a united government. (AP)

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