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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 23, 2010

REPORT: MCCHRYSTAL WILL RESIGN Source in close contact with the General says he is expected to step down Wednesday as top US commander in Afghanistan after fallout from Rolling Stone interview critical of members of Obama administration. (CNN)

AFGHAN LEADERS WANT GENERAL TO STAY ON Firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal would disrupt progress in the war and could jeopardize a pivotal assault underway on Taliban stronghold in south, top Afghan leaders warn. (AP)

POLICE SWEEP NETS 27 IN TURKEY AFTER ISTANBUL BUS ATTACK KILLS FIVE At least 27 people brought in for questioning after bomb attack Tuesday on bus carrying military personnel and their families. A Kurdish rebel group claimed responsibility. (AP)

SALAZAR ANNOUNCES NEW STOP AFTER COURT OVERTURNS DRILLING BAN Interior Secretary responds late Tuesday to judge’s ruling to overturn Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on new deepwater oil and gas drilling. (WSJ)

WHALING DEAL SUNK Talks collapse after attempt to reach multination deal to curb whale hunts by Japan, Norway and Iceland that kill hundreds of whales every year. (BBC)

WORLD CUP: TEAM USA FACES ALGERIA WITH FATE IN OWN HANDS A win Wednesday (10 a.m. EST) guarantees advance to next round, but American team has never won any of its seven World Cup Game 3’s. (SI)

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