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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

ISLAMISTS STORM SOMALIA HOTEL, KILL MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT Al-Shabab, a group linked to al Qaeda, says attack is beginning of a “massive, final” war against “invaders.” Killings of as many as a dozen lawmakers, come days after hundreds of Ugandan troops began arriving in the Somali capital to strengthen the current African Union peacekeeping force. (Al Jazeera)

COURT BLOCKS OBAMA’S STEM CELL RESEARCH FUNDING Judge cites standing U.S. law that blocks funding if the embryos were destroyed. The Obama administration, which made funding one of its first priorities, can appeal injunction or try to rewrite the guidelines to comply with U.S. law. (Reuters)

TOKYO STOCKS PLUMMET, YEN HITS 15-YEAR HIGH ON DOLLAR Fourth straight day of losses in Asia, with grim openings also on Europe bourses, as fears of stalled US recovery are taking toll on stocks and dollar. (Bloomberg)

CHINA LASHES OUT AT MANILA AFTER DEADLY END TO HOSTAGE DRAMA Beijing demands answers from the Philippines after eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in daylong hostage drama in Manila on Monday. (AFP)

FOUR U.S. CITIZENS AMONG DEAD IN NEPAL PLANE CRASH British and Japanese also among 11 passengers and three crew members killed south of Kathmandu Tuesday morning amid bad weather. (CNN)

BONUS: MEXICAN WINS MISS UNIVERSE Jimena Navarrete, 22, of Guadalajara, beats out women from 82 other countries to gain beauty bragging rights for Mexico. (AP)

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