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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Monday, June 21, 2010

June 21, 2010

VAN DER SLOOT TAKES BACK CONFESSION Joran Van Der Sloot tells a Dutch newspaper that he has retracted his confession to killing a young woman in Peru, and says he only signed confessional papers because police intimidated him. (AP)

IRAN BANS UN NUCLEAR INSPECTORS
The head of Iran’s atomic energy program says the country will ban two UN atomic watchdog inspectors from entering nuclear facilities within the country. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief cites the “presentation of false information and early disclosure of official data” as reasons for the ban. (CNN)

AUSTRALIA, CHINA SIGN MAJOR FREE TRADE DEAL Ignoring diplomatic tensions, Australia and China sign major deals worth upwards of $10 billion, in an attempt to strengthen economic and commercial ties. (AFP)

SIX NATO TROOPS KILLED IN AFGHAN ROAD BOMB, HELICOPTER CRASH Two roadside bombs and a helicopter crash claim the lives of six NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan. Officials says there is no evidence of “enemy involvement” in the helicopter crash. (WashingtonPost)

FRENCH WORLD CUP SQUAD RETURNS TO PRACTICE, FOLLOWING PROTEST
The French national soccer team returns to practice in South Africa, after refusing to train because of striker Nicolas Anelka’s dismissal from the team. (Telegraph)

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