Good sunny morning. Here are some stories from the overnight desk. Reminder that you can get our latest on the Quebec flooding situation anytime at montrealgazette.com/tag/flood.Airstrikes, roadblocks trap civilians in Libya’s Tripoli: Libyan forces loyal to a former military commander have intensified their airstrikes on Tripoli, where heavy fighting and blocked roads have left civilians trapped in their homes, officials said Monday. Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter’s self-styled Libyan National Army launched an operation to retake the capital on April 4 and has been locked in heavy fighting in and around the city with militias loosely allied with a U.N.-supported government. The clashes have killed more than 270 people, including 21 civilians, according to the latest U.N. figures released last week. Libyan officials said LNA airstrikes have targeted the Nawasi Brigade in the Abu Salim district, about 7 kilometres (4 miles) from Tripoli’s centre. At least four civilians were killed, they said. They said airstrikes hit al-Qaqaa military camp in the town of al-Falah, south of Tripoli. The camp is controlled by powerful militias from the western town of Misrata that are also allied with the Tripoli government. Airstrikes and shelling also hit the towns of Khallet al-Forjan, Ain Zara and al-Twaisha, south of the capital, they said.
Fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) hold a position on the frontline facing forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, south of the capital Tripoli’s suburb of Ain Zara, on April 28, 2019.
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People flee airborne acid as North Carolina zinc plant burns: Authorities in North Carolina say a fire at a zinc production plant in Mooresboro forced some residents to evacuate the area early Monday. The American Zinc Products plant was still burning around 5 a.m. The fire started Sunday night at the plant, which lies near the border between North and South Carolina. Deputies went door-to-door warning people to evacuate as the burning plant released sulfuric acid into the air, and the county says about a half-mile area has been evacuated. Rutherford County Assistant Fire Marshal John Greenway tells news outlets that firefighters have been pulled away from the scene as their gear tested positive for hazardous materials. He says this is a cautionary measure until officials determine what chemicals they’re dealing with.Seattle college says student was among those killed by crane: Officials in Washington state on Monday are expected to release the identities of the four people killed when a construction crane fell from a Seattle building. The King County Medical Examiner’s office has said it would release the names of the female and three males who died Saturday afternoon when the crane crashed onto one of Seattle’s busiest streets. On Sunday, Seattle Pacific University said in a statement that a freshman student was among those killed when the crane fell from a building under construction on Google’s new Seattle campus onto Mercer Street. Sarah Wong was a freshman who intended to major in nursing and lived on campus, the university said in a statement. Wong was in a car when the crane fell, the university said. All four people had died by the time firefighters arrived Saturday afternoon, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said. Two were ironworkers who had been inside the crane while the other two were inside a car, Fire Department spokesman Lance Garland said.
In this photo made 27 April 2019, Polish actress Magdalena Cielecka aims a banana like a gun at her head to protest the removal of an art work from the National Museum in Warsaw that features a woman eating a banana with visible pleasure, which the conservative authorities say is obscene.
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Ban on banana-eating artwork draws ridicule in Poland: Poland’s artists and opposition politicians are posting photos of themselves eating bananas in protest against the removal from a top national gallery of an art work featuring the fruit that the conservative authorities say is obscene. The new head of the National Museum in Warsaw argues that the 1973 video by artist Natalia LL and showing a young woman eating a banana with great pleasure can be harmful to young people. Its removal from the gallery came after director Jerzy Miziolek was summoned to the Ministry of Culture. Twitter and Facebook users are ridiculing the ban as narrow-minded and a case of censorship. They are posting photos of themselves enjoying bananas. A collective banana-eating protest is planned Monday in front of the state-run museum.While You Were Sleeping (WYWS) is a daily roundup of news from the overnight desk. News, sports and more anytime at montrealgazette.com.