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While U Slept. Big 5 Overnight Stories. Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17, 2010

IRAN AGREES TO NUCLEAR EXCHANGE, SIGNALS BREAK IN DIPLOMATIC STALEMATE Iran agrees to send the majority of its nuclear materials to Turkey, as part of an exchange that many think could go a long way in easing tensions between the Islamic Republic and Western allies concerned over Tehran’s nuclear program. The country has stated, however, that it will continue to enrich uranium to 20 percent. (LATimes)

EUROPEAN AIRPORTS BEGIN TO REOPEN AFTER VOLCANIC ASH CLOUD DISRUPTS FLIGHTS After the lingering ash cloud forced aviation authorities in the UK and the Netherlands to close its airspace, major European airports gradually begin to reopen. Officials caution, however, that major flight disruptions could persist throughout the day. (NYT)

COMMERCIAL AIRLINER CRASHES IN AFGHANISTAN A commercial plane carrying 43 passengers, including some foreigners, crashes in northern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan interior ministry. The plane reportedly lost contact between the capital of Kabul and the northern town Kunduz. The fate of those onboard remains uncertain. (AFP)

THAI OPPOSITION LEADER DIES, PROTESTERS RENEW ANTI-GOVERNMENT EFFORTS In the wake of anti-government general Khattiya Sawasdipol, more than 5,000 protesters refuse to obey government orders to abandon their fortified camp in Bangkok, as tensions continue to escalate. (BBC)

SOUTH KOREA SUSPENDS FUNDS FOR NORTH KOREA OVER SUNKEN WARSHIP SUSPICIONS
South Korea announces it will freeze all governmental exchanges with Kim Jong-Il’s communist regime, amid suspicion that North Korean torpedoes sunk a South Korean warship on March 26. (AFP)

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