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While U Slept: Big 5 Overnight News. Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010

POPE WARNS AGAINST ‘CELEBRITY CULTURE’, WITH LONDON PROTESTS ON THE WAY Benedict XVI arrives in London for the second-day of his trip to Britain, with protests set to begin in the capital aimed at pontiff’s stance on abortion, gay rights, as well as handling of sex abuse crisis. (Guardian live blog)

KARACHI ON LOCK DOWN AFTER LONDON MURDER OF EXILED PAKISTANI LEADER Fearing a violent backlash, shops shut down in nation’s largest city after stabbing death in London of an exiled leader of the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement. (BBC)

POLAND ARRESTS SENIOR CHECHEN SEPARATIST LEADER WANTED IN RUSSIA Akhmed Zakayev, wanted in Russia for alleged murder and kidnapping, was in Poland for a conference organized by the World Chechen Congress. Chechens say Zakayev had turned himself in. (AP)

AT LEAST 60 KILLED BY SRI LANKA MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS Three trucks carrying explosives blew up inside a police compound in what Sri Lanka military is calling an accident. (Reuters)

OBAMA TAPS LAW PROFESSOR TO SHAPE NEW FINANCIAL CONSUMER PROTECTIONS Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren will lead creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will implement reforms in new financial regulatory overhaul. (Bloomberg)

BONUS: STEWART/COLBERT TO HOST DUELLING RALLIES ON DC MALL Comedy Central says hosts of Daily Show and Colbert Report will take their “opinions” to the people who have been too busy to attend earlier rallies. (WashPost)

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