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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

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GBAGBO UNDER ASSAULT Opposition forces in the Ivory Coast launched an assault today to dislodge defiant strongman Laurent Gbagbo from his residence he has been holed up in for two days. The goal is “to seize Gbagbo physically,” the New York Times reports.

RADIATION REMEDY? The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant claims it has “plugged” a leak of highly radioactive water that had been flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) stopped the flow with sodium silicate, also known as “water glass,” the BBC reports.

MIGRANTS MISSING A ship carrying approximately 200 North African migrants capsized overnight off the coast of Italy’s Lampedusa island. Italian rescue crews were able to save 48 of the passengers. The vessel’s other 150 migrants are still missing, according to the BBC.

CHINESE CRACKDOWN Uprisings in the Arab world have Chinese authorities on red alert. In recent weeks, police have arrested some 20 dissenters. Around 30 others have simply “disappeared” as a result of the secret crackdown, according to a Le Monde article published by Worldcrunch.

QUICKIE START TO BERLUSCONI SEX TRIAL A much anticipated trial over allegations Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage prostitute got off to an anticlimactic start this morning. Proceedings lasted just seven minutes before being adjourned, the AP reports. The trial against the 74-year-old billionaire resumes May 31.


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

February 28, 2011

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WORLD APPLIES PRESSURE ON LIBYA, FRANCE SENDS AID TO REBELS France is sending two planes with humanitarian aid to Libya’s opposition stronghold of Benghazi, which French Prime Minister describes as the start of a “massive operation” to push Gaddafi from power. Foreign ministers meet in Geneva to set joint Libyan policy. (AP)

MUBARAK ORDERED NOT TO LEAVE EGYPT Egypt’s public prosecutor issues travel ban on ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family, and orders money and assets frozen. (BBC)

U.S. ACCUSES CHINA OF CRACKDOWN ON FOREIGN MEDIA U.S. ambassador to China says American and other foreign journalists were “illegally detained or harassed as they attempted to do their jobs” while covering protests in downtown Beijing over the weekend. (CNN)

U.S. DEFICIT GRAVEST THREAT TO ECONOMY, SURVEY OF ECONOMISTS SAYS Panel of expert forecasters put $1.4 trillion deficit above high unemployment and the risk of inflation or deflation. (Reuters)

KING’S SPEECH TOPS OSCARS Historical account nabs wins in best picture, director for Tom Hooper, actor for Colin Firth and original screenplay for David Seidler. (Variety)

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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Monday, December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010

FRENCH COURT BLAMES US MECHANIC, AIRLINE FOR CONCORDE CRASH A French court blames an American airline and one of its mechanics for the crash of the Concorde jet that killed 113 people, 10 years ago. (Guardian)

IRAN RESUMES NUCLEAR TALKS IN GENEVA Iran and six other world powers resume diplomatic negotiations about Iran’s uranium enrichment program. (AP)

PFIZER CEO UNEXPECTEDLY RETIRES Pfizer CEO Jeffrey Kindler suddenly retires, citing the heavy demands of his position. Ian Read will take his place. (MarketWatch)

EGYPT CALLS ON EXPERTS TO INVESTIGATE SHARK ATTACKS A group of experts is now investigating a series of shark attacks near the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Red Sea. (BBC)

President Obama calls on Chinese President Hu Jintao to get tougher on North Korea, in order to “send a clear message to North Korea that its provocations are unacceptable.” (Telegraph)


While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010

RANGEL IS FIRST HOUSE MEMBER CENSURED IN 27 YEARS Congressional colleagues issue formal but not fatal punishment to the 40-year Congressional veteran for ethical improprieties. New York Rep. responds: “Everybody knows I’m an honest guy.” (WashPost)

IVORY COAST MILITARY SEALS BORDERS IN POST ELECTION TENSION Foreign media also silenced as tensions rise over the outcome of the presidential election run-off where opposition candidates’ apparent victory is rejected by Constitutional Council. (BBC)

WIKILEAKS SITE GOES DOWN, BACK UP WITH NEW SWISS ADDRESS American company that had been directing traffic to the WikiLeaks website withdraws its services, making the site invisible for several hours. WikiLeaks announced Friday on Twitter that it could be seen using a new address, , which is operated by a Swiss academic network. (Reuters)

ISRAEL WILDFIRES KILL 40-PLUS, FOREIGN AIDE ARRIVES Shifting winds have pushed flames near a neighborhood in Haifa and the Hai Bar nature reserve. (CNN)

CHINA WILL TIGHTEN MONETARY POLICY NEXT YEAR Top leaders in China increasingly concerned about inflation and an overheated economy even as others grapple with a global recession. (NYT)


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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25, 2010

S. KOREA TO STRENGTHEN MILITARY PRESENCE NEAR N. KOREA BORDER South Korea’s president orders the military to increase its presence near the islands recently attacked by North Korea. China says it has “concern” about the initiative. (Guardian)

EU SAYS IRISH CRISIS WON’T THREATEN EURO ZONE Euro zone officials say Ireland’s crisis and rising borrowing costs in Spain and Portugal will not threaten the currency union. (Reuters)

OBAMA ISSUES THANKSGIVING DAY ADDRESS, CALLS FOR BIPARTISANSHIP President Obama issues his Thanksgiving address to the nation, highlighting the need for bipartisan political cooperation. (CNN)

UK STUDENTS STAGE OVERNIGHT SIT-IN TO PROTEST TUITION HIKES Students at Cardiff University in the UK stage an overnight sit-in, in protest of the government’s proposal to raise tuition fees and cut education spending. (BBC)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION LIKES POPE’S STANCE ON CONDOMS The World Health Organization welcomes Pope Benedict XVI’s statement that condoms can help stem the spread of AIDS. (AP)


While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

MINERS IN CHINA RESCUED, 29 IN NEW ZEALAND STILL MISSING Rescuers pull to safety all 29 people trapped in a flooded mine in southwestern China a day after they were stranded. Meanwhile in New Zealand, 29 men remain missing after an explosion at a coal mine last week. (AFP)

UK TO LEND £7BN TO AILING IRELAND Chancellor George Osborne confirms that Britain will lend £7 billion to Ireland, which he described as the country’s “closest economic neighbor.” (FinancialTimes)

Germany indefinitely closes specific areas of the Reichstag parliamentary building, citing terrorist threats. (CNN)

SON OF AUNG SAN SUU KYI GRANTED BURMA VISA Kim Aris receives a visa, allowing him to travel to Burma, where his mother, Aung San Suu Kyi, was recently released from prison. (BBC)

NAZI SUSPECT DIES AHEAD OF TRIAL German Nazi suspect Samuel Kanz dies ahead of a war crimes trial, in which he faced charges for killing 430,000 Jews. (BBC)


While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17, 2010

GERMANY TIGHTENS AIRPORT SECURITY AMID TERROR THREATS After receiving intelligence reports of a terrorist attack planned for the end of November, German authorities step up security efforts at airports throughout the country. (BBC)

A top NATO civilian in Afghanistan says the alliance’s combat operations in the country may continue beyond its previously announced deadline of 2014. (AP)

CHINA ATTEMPTS TO COMBAT RISE IN FOOD PRICES Chinese officials unveil plans to counter price increases for foodstuffs, and, perhaps, commodities like fuel and cotton. (NYT)

SUSPECTED RUSSIAN ARMS DEALER JAILED IN NEW YORK Suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout is jailed in New York, after being extradited from Thailand. (AFP)

HAITI PRESIDENT CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AMID CHOLERA OUTBREAK Haiti president René Préval says he will not tolerate further violence from protesters, who recently turned against UN peacekeepers, blaming them for the country’s recent cholera outbreak. (Guardian)

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