Libya: Protesters may have gained the upper hand in the eastern part of the country, but the whole of Libya remains precariously situated with Khaddafy attempting to tighten control as he continues to cling to power. The State Dept. will try today to evacuate all American citizens who wish to leave the country by ferry to nearby Malta as the global repercussions of this latest crisis were felt overnight yet again in the oil markets, with crude hitting another two-year high in Asia.
New Zealand: Rescuers are racing against time to get to those still trapped in the rubble from the devastating earthquake that has immobilized the city of Christchurch. The disaster could be the world’s costliest for insurers since Hurricane Ike hit the U.S. in ‘08.
Labor unrest: The clashes over the rights of public employees showed, for the first time, signs of contagion when protests flared yesterday in Ohio and Indiana, following the standoff that began – and continues – in the state Capitol in Wisconsin.
Rahm: Rahm Emanuel took more than half of the vote in the Chicago mayoral election, meaning the former White House adviser will realize his longtime dream of leading the Windy City.
Hostages killed: And the four American hostages killed by pirates are being remembered today as passionate sailors who were well aware of the risks of traveling in that part of the world, even as the incident serves as a troubling reminder of the brazen lawlessness building on the open seas.