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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Monday, March 28, 2011

March 28, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

LIBYAN REBEL FORCES CLOSE IN ON GADDAFI’S HOMETOWN Conquering Libyan leader’s hometown of Sirte could lead to further gains in the western half of the country, and eventually a showdown in the capital of Tripoli. (AP)

MERKEL’S PARTY DRUBBED IN LOCAL ELECTIONS Preliminary state election results indicate big losses for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Party, CDU, which now seems poised to lose a major stronghold to a Green Party-led coalition in a key state. (CNN)

HUGE BLAST KILLS FIVE IN YEMEN IN AREA CONTROLLED BY REBELS Blast at an ammunition factory in southern Yemen town of Jaar also wounds at least 50. Reports said the plant had recently been seized by militants who, on Sunday, clashed with government forces in the town. (BBC)

OFFICIAL RESIGNS IN RUSSIAN OVER KHODORKOVSKY CASE, CITES INTERFERENCE Aide to judge who sentenced Russia’s Khodorkovsky to more years in prison steps down after saying verdict dictated by higher-ups. Developing. (Reuters)

JAPAN RADIATION ABOUT TO LEAK INTO OCEAN Highly contaminated water is escaping Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and could soon leak into the ocean, the country’s nuclear regulator warns. (NYT)

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