While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

NATO TAKES SOLE COMMAND OF LIBYAN AIR OPERATIONS On the ground, CIA operatives work to connect with rebel fighters who have seen their surge toward Tripoli impeded. (CNN)

UK REFUSES IMMUNITY TO DEFECTING LIBYAN FOREIGN MINISTER Britain refuses to offer Moussa Koussa immunity from prosecution after his apparent defection, but said his departure would hearten rebels fighting to topple Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. (AP)

IVORY COAST: GBAGBO LOSES KEY PORT CITY Forces loyal to one of Ivory Coast’s rival presidents, Alassane Ouattara, have captured the key cocoa-exporting port of San Pedro. (BBC)

SARKOZY IN JAPAN CALLS FOR GLOBAL NUCLEAR REFORM French President makes call for new global nuclear standards by the end of the year during a first visit by a foreign leader to Japan since the earthquake and tsunami that triggered its atomic disaster. (Reuters)

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