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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September 7, 2010

PETRAEUS WARNS KORAN BURNING STUNT WILL COST U.S. TROOP DEATHS Top US commander in Afghanistan says plans by Florida preacher to burn copies of Koran to mark 9/11 anniversary will lead to violent backlash in war with Taliban, and around the Muslim world. (BBC)

GILLARD HOLDS ON TO AUSTRALIAN PM JOB Labor leader Julia Gillard cobbles together minority coalition from weak election results following her contested rise to power by ousting fellow party PM Kevin Rudd. (TheAustralian)

TROPICAL STORM HERMINE LANDS IN TEXAS Storm makes landfall carrying maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and tornado risk, heading north-northwest at about 17 mph (28 km/h). (CNN)

PARIS, LONDON CRIPPLED BY STRIKES AS SARKOZY POWER FADES IN FRANCE Transport and schools were largely shut down in France, as labor unions protested plans to roll back retirement benefits as President Sarkozy suffers at end of disastrous summer. Strikes also hobble London. (AP)

ORACLE HIRES MARK HURD, WEEKS AFTER OUSTED FROM HP Softward giant nabs services of former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co who resigned amid a scandal. (Reuters)

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