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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010

WITH MCCHRYSTAL GONE, AFGHAN WAR FOCUS ON OBAMA-PETRAEUS RAPPORT General David Petraeus has had “prickly relationship” with the President in past, but now must lead troubled war effort in Afghanistan after firing of McChrystal for his comments in Rolling Stone interview. (TIME)

RUDD OUSTED IN AUSTRALIA, GILLARD BECOMES FIRST WOMAN PRIME MINISTER Kevin Rudd steps down as Australia’s prime minister after losing the support of his labor party colleagues. Replaced by Julia Gillard, the first woman to lead the country. (VOA)

AT LEAST 12 DEAD NEAR BARCELONA AS YOUTHS HIT BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN Victims were taking a shortcut across the tracks to get to a beach party. El Pais reports that except for one 45-year-old woman, the dead and injured were between the ages of 17 and 26. (AP)

FIVE AMERICANS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN JAIL IN PAKISTAN FOR TERRORISM Aged between 19 and 25, the so-called “home-grown” American Muslim militants are convicted of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil and of funding banned jihadist groups.(BBC)

JUDGE TOSSES VIACOM’S $1 BILLION COPYRIGHT CASE AGAINST YOUTUBE/GOOGLE Huge legal victory arrives for video platform and its parent search company, as judge agrees to toss out copyright infringement claim before even going to court. (TechCrunch)

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