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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

GADDAFI FORCES TAKE AIM AT MISURATA DESPITE ALLIED BOMBS Key western city is battleground after a fifth night of bombs and missiles launched by US-led assault on forces loyal to regime. (NYT)

AT LEAST 15 DEAD, PERHAPS MANY MORE, IN SYRIAN GOVT CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS Security forces open fire repeatedly on protesters in the southern city of Deraa, including once at a funeral. (BBC)

REPAIR WORKERS RETURN TO FUKUSHIMA One day after black smoke prompted an evacuation, workers returned to the damaged nuclear plant, resuming attempts to prevent more radiation from seeping into the atmosphere. (CNN)

DEFENSE SECRETARY GATES IN ISRAEL AFTER JERUSALEM BOMBING Deadly bombing, first in Jerusalem in three years, could complicate US planned efforts to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restart peace talks. (Reuters)

PORTUGAL IN TURMOIL AFTER CENTER-LEFT GOVERNMENT RESIGNS OVER BAILOUT Market pressure on Portugal jumps after Socialist government resigns, making an international bailout a near certainty, analysts say. (AP)

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