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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch (video)

MILITARY STRIKES AGAINST LIBYA TO BEGIN “SWIFTLY” French government spokesman says international efforts to turn back Gaddafi advances are set to begin, after the U.N. Security Council voted to impose a no-fly zone. Eyewitness reports said the rebel stronghold of Misrata was under attack by government forces. (CNN)

YEMENI FORCES OPEN FIRE ON PROTESTERS, AT LEAST 30 DEAD Medical sources say death toll was likely to rise, after pro-regime forces also opened fire on pro-democracy protesters from houses close to university square. (AlJazeera)

JAPAN RAISES NUCLEAR ALERT LEVEL Conditions at stricken nuclear plant push alert from four to five on a seven-point international scale for atomic incidents, now two levels below Ukraine’s 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog warned in Tokyo the battle to stabilise the plant was a race against time. (BBC)

JAPAN ADMITS IT WAS OVERWHELMED BY EARTHQUAKE AND AFTERMATH The Japanese government acknowledge that it was not equipped to adequately respond  to last week’s twin natural disasters, slowing the response to the nuclear crisis that was triggered by the earthquake and tsunami that left at least 10,000 people dead. (AP)

AUSTRALIA ASYLUM SEEKERS RIOT, SEEK TO ESCAPE DETENTION CENTER More than 200 rioters set fire to buildings in a bid to escape from a crowded Australian offshore detention centre. Police fire non-lethal so-called bean bag rounds and teargas canisters to regain control over the centre on Christmas Island. (Guardian)

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