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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 7, 2010

DEATH TOLL IN BRAZIL FLOODS TOPS 100 AFTER NEARLY ONE FOOT OF RAIN Rescue workers tried to save lives in and around Rio de Janeiro where floods and mudslides have already claimed 102 lives.  Record-breaking 11.3 inches of rain fell in Rio within 24 hours. (CNN video/article)

TALIBAN CHIEF WHO’D KIDNAPPED FOREIGNERS GETS EARLY RELEASE Akbar Agha reportedly pardoned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai after having served just five of 16 year sentence for 2004 kidnapping of three UN workers. Latest revelation will further raise tensions between Western leaders and Afghan President. (BBC)

NORTH KOREA SENTENCES BOSTON TEACHER TO EIGHT YEARS HARD LABOR American admits wrongdoing for having crossed Chinese border into North Korea. Aijalon Mahli Gomes, 30, who had taught English in South Korea, is the fourth U.S. citizen in the past year to be arrested for entering the isolated nation. The other three, a pair of television journalists and a missionary, were eventually released. (WashPost)

PROTESTERS STORM THAI PARLIAMENT, CHOPPER EVACUATES POLS Anti-government protests grow more tense as mob briefly storms Thai Parliament building, forcing lawmakers to scale walls to flee. Demonstrators have been in capital since March 12, demanding new national elections. (AP)

DAIMLER, RENAULT, NISSAN INK PARTNERSHIP German, French and Japanese carmakers agree to swap equity and cooperate in developing small vehicles. Auto industry looking for new survival strategies with market in flux. (Market Watch)

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