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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010

IRANIAN NUKE SCIENTIST POCKETED $5 MILLION FROM CIA, RETURNS HOME Shahram Amiri arrives to hero’s welcome in Tehran. CIA sources confirm that he was being paid for cooperating on nuclear intel. (WashPost)

RARE TALKS BETWEEN US-LED UNITED NATIONS COMMAND AND NORTH KOREA Discussions are first since sinking of a South Korean warship, allegedly by a North Korean torpedo. (CNN)

NEW VATICAN NORMS TO CRACK DOWN ON SEX-ABUSING PRIESTS Responding to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal, Vatican extends from 10 to 20 years the statute of limitations on priestly abuse, but doesn’t include any “one-strike and you’re out” policy, as demanded by U.S. victims’ groups. (AP)

ARGENTINA SENATE PASSES FIRST GAY MARRIAGE BILL IN LATIN AMERICA Vote, 33-27 with three abstentions, comes after 14 hours of charged debate, with thousands of Argentines protesting outside Senate. If signed into law, would be first in traditionally Catholic region. (Reuters)

BELFAST VIOLENCE CONTINUES AS POLICE ANNOUNCE ARRESTS IN SHOOTING Two arrests in shooting in which three police officers were injured in north Belfast on 12 July as rioting continues into fourth night. (BBC article/video)

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