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While U Slept. Big 5 Overnight Stories. Friday, May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010

BP LOWERS CONTAINMENT DOME AT GULF OIL SPILL SITE BP officials have lowered a giant containment dome 5,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, in an attempt to stem the flow of oil leaking from the company’s sunken oil rig. (CNN)

BRITAIN FACES PARLIAMENTARY STALEMATE As vote counting continues following Thursday’s UK general election, the Conservatives have won the most MPs, but have fallen short of a Parliamentary majority, leaving Britain with its first hung Parliament since 1974. (BBC)

IRISH AIRPORTS CAUTIOUSLY REOPEN AS VOLCANIC ASH CLOUD LINGERS Irish aviation authorities began to reopen the country’s western airports Friday, but warned that the massive volcanic ash cloud still lingers in the Atlantic. After hovering below 20,000 feet, the cloud now appears to be rising back above 35,000 feet, posing potential aviation obstacles for transatlantic flights once again. (AP)

KIM JONG-IL READY TO RESUME NUCLEAR TALKS AFTER CHINESE VISIT
After wrapping up his secretive visit to China on Friday, Kim Jong-Il has reportedly told Chinese President Hu Jintao that his country is ready to return to international discussions over North Korea’s nuclear policy. (TimesOnline)

RUSSIA FREES CAPTURED SOMALI PIRATES After initially planning to bring the Somali pirates to court on charges of attacking a Russian warship, Russia’s Defense Ministry has now cited “imperfections” in international law that forced the country to release the suspects (AP)

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