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

April 5, 2011

GBAGBO IN A BUNKER Troops in Ivory Coast loyal to UN-recognised President Alassane Ouattara say they have surrounded the compound of the defiant standing President Laurent Gbagbo. The BBC reports that Gbagbo is sheltering with his family in the basement of his surrounded Abidjan residence. Meanwhile, aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Liberia after fleeing violence in Ivory Coast.

LIBYA IN LIMBO Airstrikes hit a convoy of Libyan military vehicles moving toward rebel lines outside the eastern oil port of Brega, as rebels say they have regrouped outside the city. The regime, meanwhile, insisted Moammar Gaddafi won’t step down but said it is ready to discuss changes in how the country is governed. A contrarian Time commentary argues that overthrowing Gaddafi is overrated.

“CONDOLENCE” CASH IN JAPAN Reuters reporting that the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant had found water with 5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity as it struggles for a fourth week to contain the world’s biggest nuclear disaster in quarter of a century. The plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) has started to offer token “condolence” money to those affected in the Fukushima region where the plant is based.

SWEET MICKEY New York’s sizeable Haiti expat community offers decidedly mixed reviews for Haiti’s newly elected President Michel Martelly, in this NY Daily News piece. Known as “Sweet Micky,” the well-known singer and new president of their hard-pressed homeland is both loved and hated “intensely,” says one Haitian New Yorker.

FINAL ONE Hoops fans were watching to the final buzzer. But for others, here’s the score (and more) for water cooler sports talk today. Connecticut wins the NCAA title, beating Butler 53-41.

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