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While U Slept. Big 5 Overnight Stories. Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010

TENSIONS RISE BETWEEN TWO KOREAS OVER SUNKEN SHIP Pyongyang bitterly denies South Korean military findings that North Korean torpedo sunk its ship in March, killing 46 sailors. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vows “resolute countermeasures” against North. (CNN)

UNEASY PEACE ON STREETS OF BANGKOK Violence calms in Thai capital after bloody crackdown and surrender of protest leaders. Authorities brace for more conflict. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN CUTS YOUTUBE,  AFTER FACEBOOK BAN. PUSHED BY MUSLIMS The Pakistani government blocks access to YouTube because of ”sacrilegious” content. Growing Internet crackdown, which includes cuts to Facebook access, aimed at sites deemed offensive to country’s majority Muslim population. (AP)

MALAWI GAY COUPLE GETS 14 YEARS HARD LABOR Judge issues harsh sentence  for indecency and unnatural acts conviction under African nation’s anti-gay legislation. (Guardian)

DUBAI WORLD DEAL WITH CREDITORS RESTRUCTURES $23.5 BILLION OWED Indebted investment arm of Arab emirate strikes tentative deal with seven major creditors to restructure massive debt. Dubai World needs approval of all creditors to finalize deal. (NYT)

BONUS: ART HEIST: PICASSO, MATISSE, OTHER MASTER WORKS STOLEN IN PARIS Five paintings valued at €500 million were swiped overnight at Museum of Modern Art in Paris. (BBC)

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