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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010

RUSSIA SPY CASE DETAILS EMERGE, AND A ‘FEMME FATALE’ TOO A 28-year-old redhead and self-styled entrepreneur was a savvy Russian secret agent, according to US authorities. Mother in Moscow defends daughter’s innocence, as Obama administration downplays impact on diplomacy. (AP)

AQUINO SWORN IN AS NEW PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT Son of two iconic reform leaders pledges to crack down on corruption as he becomes country’s 15th president. (NYT)

HURRICANE ALEX GAINS STRENGTH, EXPECTED TO HIT LAND TODAY Fears alleviated that it could damage Mexican oil rigs, the Category 1 hurricane is nevertheless hampering efforts to control damage left by ongoing BP spill. (Reuters)

STRONG EARTHQUAKE HITS SOUTHERN MEXICO Centered in the southern state of Oaxaca, 6.5 level quake was powerful enough to shake buildings in Mexico City. Casualty/damage reports yet to arrive. (AFP)

EUROPEAN SHARES EDGE UP AFTER MAJOR LOSSES Prices stabilize after three-week closing low on Tuesday. More volatility expected as quarter ends with uncertainty over European banks’ funding conditions and rate of economic recovery. (Reuters)

BONUS: LARRY KING HANGS UP SUSPENDERS After 25 years, the gravely voiced CNN interviewer calls it a night, retiring at the age of 76. (CNN video/article)

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