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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

GADDAFI APPEARS FOR FIRST TIME IN A WEEK, AS HIS TROOPS POUND REBELS Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi rallies his supporters as fighting continues and supplies running low in the rebel-held town of Misrata. (BBC)

YEMEN PARLIAMENT ENACTS EMERGENCY LAWS, PRESIDENT HOLDS ON Embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh asks for new powers of arrest, detention and censorship to quash a popular uprising demanding his ouster. (AP)

GAZA MILITANTS FIRE ROCKETS, ISRAEL LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES Palestinian militants fire rockets far into southern Israel, which responds with airstrikes in Gaza. Tensions running high after Israeli mortar fire killed three Palestinian youths and a 60-year-old man in response to a rocket attack a day earlier. (NYT)

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE WILL COST MORE THAN $300 BILLION, TOKYO WARNINGS ABOUT TAP WATER Record cost of the damage from earthquake and tsunami, while authorities in Tokyo warned that babies should not be given tap water because of radiation from a crippled nuclear plant.

THREE OTHER JOURNALISTS RELEASED IN LIBYA Three journalists, including two AFP employees held by Libyan leader Gaddafi’s forces since the weekend released in Tripoli. Follows release of four New York Times correspondents. (AFP)

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