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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 8, 2010

OBAMA, MEDVEDEV SIGN NUKES TREATY IN PRAGUE With rich symbolism of Czech capital, American and Russians agree to shrink nuclear arsenal in first major pact between two former foes in decades. Russian Parliament and US Senate must approve terms. (AP)

KYRGYZSTAN OPPOSITION: WE HAVE TAKEN POWER, DISSOLVED PARLIAMENT Following clashes that killed as many as 100, and escape of autocratic President, pro-democracy opposition leaders say they are in control. US, Russia and China all view central Asia country as strategic. (Reuters)

QATAR PASSENGER DETAINED ON AIRLINE: SHOE BOMB OR BATHROOM CIG? Investigators are trying to determine if the passenger on the Denver-bound United Airline flight was trying to emulate Richard Reid, the would-be shoe bomber, or just sneaking a smoke in the john. The passenger was holding diplomatic credentials of Qatar (CNN)

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED THREATS TO PELOSI Suspect detained in San Francisco after repeated calls to House Speaker’s home, and husband. The alleged threats are latest in post-health care aftermath, as angry conservatives target supporters in Congress. (Politico)

EUROPEAN RETAIL SALES DROP, LATEST SIGN OF WEAK RECOVERY Euro zone sales at slowest pace in 13 months, lower than expectations, the day after fourth-quarter GDP forecasts revised downward. Consumers worry that European economy will be slow to bounce back. (WSJ)

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