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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Monday, June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

SENATOR ROBERT BYRD DIES AT 92 West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the US Senate, dies at the age of 92. Byrd was first admitted to a Washington-area hospital last week, after suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Late Sunday evening, however, his health took a turn for the worse. (ABC)

TURKEY BARS ISRAELI PLANE FROM ENTERING AIRSPACE A Turkish diplomat confirms that his country recently barred an Israeli military plane from passing through Turkish airspace, in apparent retaliation for Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound ship, carrying aid materials. The extent of the ban, however, remains uncertain. (AFP)

NORTH KOREA PROMISES TO BUILD NUCLEAR ARTILLERY Citing a perceived military threat from both South Korea and the US, North Korean officials declare that the country has no choice but to build up its nuclear capabilities, in response. (AP)

MANUEL NORIEGA TRIAL BEGINS IN PARIS
The trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega gets underway today in Paris. Noriega is accused of using money from a Colombian cocaine cartel to purchase high-end properties in Paris. (TheGuardian)

KYRGYZSTAN REFERENDUM SUPPORTS DEMOCRATIC REGIME
Kyrgyz citizens have voted to create the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia, following a constitutional referendum held over the weekend. (NYT)

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