While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011
  • Italy has begun moving more than 1,700 North African migrants to a temporary camp in the Puglia region. The country estimates that 20,000 migrants have arrived on its shores, on the heels of the recent turmoil in Libya and Tunisia. On Wednesday, however, residents in Manduria called for the camp’s closure, arguing that many migrants had already escaped.
  • Japan is looking to bail out Tokyo Electric Power Co., owner of the country’s faltering nuclear plant. The government plans to support the company with public funds, but confirmed that it will not take more than a 50-percent stake in TEPCO. “TEPCO has been operating as a private company,” Japanese Prime Minster Naoto Kan told reporters. “We would need to support them, but what I would basically like is for TEPCO to work hard as a private company.”
  • Bouzeid Dorda, Libya’s chief of intelligence, is denying rumors that he has abandoned Moammar Gadhafi. Two members of Gadhafi’s inner circle have already severed ties with the embattled leader, but Dorda insists that he will not “betray the people or the leader.” Meanwhile, pro-Gadhafi forces are ramping up their efforts to maintain control over the country

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