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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

HURRICANE EARL GAINS STRENGTH, CLOSES NC SCHOOLS Hurricane Earl continued its march toward the North Carolina coast, with wind speeds reaching 145 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall this evening. (BusinessWeek)

NETANYAHU, ABBAS BEGIN PEACE TALKS IN WASHINGTON
Israeli and Palestinian leaders Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas will begin peace talks today in Washington, in what Barack Obama describes as a “moment of opportunity that may not soon come again.” (Guardian)

AUSTRALIAN PM WINS SUPPORT OF KEY INDEPENDENT BACKER Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard wins the key support of former Iraq whistleblower Andrew Wilkie, putting her within two seats of a parliamentary majority. (AFP)

GLOBAL STOCKS HIT TWO-WEEK HIGH MARK Stocks around the globe rise with oil prices, on the heels of renewed optimism from encouraging US and Chinese manufacturing data. (Reuters)

PAKISTAN MOURNS VICTIMS OF SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK Hundreds of mourners gather to honor those killed in Wednesday’s suicide bomb attack on Shiite worshippers. Pakistani police step up security in an attempt to guard against future attacks. (NYT)

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