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While U Slept. Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Friday, August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

CARTER WINS RELEASE OF AMERICAN JAILED IN NORTH KOREA Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who was sentenced to eight years of hard labor for illegally entering the country, granted amnesty by the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. (NYT)

HURRICANE DANIELLE GAINS STRENGTH, BUT STEERING CLEAR OF LAND Escalates to Category 4 storm overnight, but stays in middle of Atlantic, and likely to pass well east of Bermuda by Saturday. Next on map: Tropical Storm Earl. (CNN)

KENYA SIGNS NEW US-STYLE CONSTITUTION System of checks and balances is hailed as most significant political event since nation’s independence last century.  But ceremony marred by presence of indicted Sudanese leader. (AP)

REPUBLICANS PLAN TO PROBE WHITE HOUSE IF THEY TAKE CONGRESS GOP would launch wave of committee investigations targeting Obama administration if they sweep mid-term elections. (Politico)

UK ECONOMY GROWS AT FASTEST PACE IN NEARLY A DECADE Second quarter growth boosted above forecasts by construction industry and strong household spending. GDP rose 1.2% between April and June, the fastest growth since the first quarter of 2001. (Guardian)

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