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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 23, 2010

FRANCE GOES ON STRIKE, ONCE AGAIN For the second time this month, workers in France go on strike, in protest of President Sarkozy’s new pension plan. (NYT)

IRAN WANTS SEAT ON UN NUCLEAR AGENCY, DIPLOMATS SAY Diplomats say Iran is looking for a seat on the UN International Atomic Energy Agency–the same agency currently investigating Tehran’s nuclear threat. (AP)

BLOCKBUSTER FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY Already $1 billion in debt, Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (CNN)

PUTIN SAYS ARCTIC MUST REMAIN PLACE OF PEACE As more Arctic countries grapple for the region’s energy resources, Vladimir Putin says the region must remain a zone of peace. (SMH)

FRANCE SAYS NIGERIA KIDNAPPING MIGHT BE ACT OF PIRACY France’s defense minister says the kidnapping of three French nationals in Nigeria appears to be a “classic act of piracy.” (AP)

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