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While U Slept. Big 5 Overnight Stories. Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

THAI PROTESTERS SURRENDER AFTER ARMY ASSAULT, MORE DEATHS Death count climbs, including Italian photographer shot in chest, as troops launch all-out assault on protesters. Stock exchange ablaze, power cut as future of country remains in doubt even as leaders of “red-shirt” anti-government forces signal they will surrender to avoid further bloodshed. (AP)

SPECTER LOSS, OTHER RESULTS SHOW BITTERNESS AHEAD OF NOVEMBER Pennsylvania veteran Senator Specter loses after switching parties, as incumbents from both parties on defensive. Son of renegade Republican Ron Paul wins Senate primary in Kentucky. (WashPost)

STOCKS TUMBLE, EURO AT 4-YR LOW ON GERMAN BAN, MERKEL STATEMENTAfter Germany bans short-selling of some securities, Merkel says euro “in danger.” Single currency takes another downturn, major market jitters return. (Dow Jones)

SOUTH KOREA BLAMES NORTH KOREA TORPEDO FOR SINKING ITS SHIP Foreign Minister is Seoul’s first official to publicly blame North Korea for the sinking of a warship in March that killed 46 sailors. (NYT)
IRAN RESPONDS TO NEWS OF US-LED SANCTIONS Tehran says sanctions are “futile”, following Clinton announcement on Tuesday that China and Russia were on board to clamp down on Iran, which had placed hope in Brazil and Turkey brokered deal Monday. (DPA)
BONUS: RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: ADOPTIONS TO U.S. MUST BE SUSPENDED Halting of Russian children to US families on heels of case of American adoptive mother who sent unaccompanied 7-year-old Russian boy back to Russia in April. (AP)
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