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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

NY MUSLIM CAB DRIVER STABBED IN APPARENT HATE CRIME TO SPEAK AT CITY HALL Ahmed Sharif is expected to call for an end to anti-Muslim rhetoric that has followed the proposed construction of an Islamic cultural center and mosque. (CNN article/video)

REPORT: CIA PAYING KARZAI AIDE ACCUSED OF CORRUPTION Mohammed Zia Salehi, chief of administration for Afghan National Security Council, was arrested in July and released after Karzai intervened. Not clear what he does for CIA. (NYT)

KIM JONG IL MAKES SURPRISE SECOND VISIT TO CHINA Reclusive North Korean leader appears at northeastern Chinese school. Visit with son is Kim’s second in three months, and possible snub to Jimmy Carter’s mission to North Korea to win release of jailed American. (AP)

EUROPEAN STOCKS REBOUND Stoxx Europe 600 Index recovers from five-week low, as corporate profit reports quell concern about the economy. Asian shares and U.S. futures also advance. (Bloomberg)

FUGITIVE TYCOON TO RETURN TO UK Asil Nadir, 69, has evaded fraud trial since 1993, after collapse of his Polly Peck business empire in 1990 and corruption charges linked to Tory party. (BBC)

BONUS: FORMER REPUBLICAN PARTY CHIEF SAYS HE’S GAY Ken Mehlman, President Bush’s campaign manager in 2004, is out of closet after leading party that has fought against gay rights movement. Mehlman will now push for gay marriage rights. (Atlantic)

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