While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13, 2011
LIBYA STALEMATE Divisions appear at the international “contact group” meeting between Libyan rebels and foreign ministers in Qatar as Belgium rejects British call to beef up ground attacks on Gaddafi’s forces, Reuters reports.

MUBARAK DETAINED The BBC reports Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been detained for 15 days, ahead of a corruption probe, just hours after the former dictator was taken to hospital with heart problems.

OBAMA TACKLES DEBT President Barack Obama is set to propose tax reform, defense savings and changes in government healthcare spending to curb budget deficit, The New York Times looks at what’s at stake.

CHINESE ARTIST Wife of renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, detained by Beijing authorities on April 3, tells the BBC she has “absolutely no idea” on what has happened to her husband. See how an exhibition on the Enlightenment at the new National Museum of China is raising eyebrows internationally amid the latest wave of repression at Le Monde/Worldcrunch.

ROYAL WEDDING The Telegraph reports Kate Middleton is having her engagement ring – the same sapphire and diamond band once worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales – made smaller to fit her finger better.


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