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While U Slept: Big 5 Overnight News. Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

POPE ARRIVES IN BRITAIN Queen Elizabeth II greets Pope Benedict XVI, as he begins a controversial four-day trip to Britain. (CNN)

ABBAS SEES ‘NO ALTERNATIVE’ TO PEACE
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas strikes a positive tone after two days of inconclusive Middle East peace talks, saying he sees “no alternative to peace through negotiations.” (AP)

TALIBAN CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF AFGHAN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE After having already killed three candidates, the Taliban calls for a nationwide boycott of Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections. (AFP)

SOUTH KOREA CONSIDERING DIPLOMATIC TALKS WITH NORTH KOREA South Korean officials confirm that the country is considering engaging in military talks with Pyongyang for the first time in two years. (BBC)

YEN CONTINUES RISE AGAINST DOLLAR
The Japanese yen rises against the dollar and other world currencies, while the euro hits its highest point against the dollar in a month. (Reuters)

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