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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

TOXIC SPILL IN HUNGARY REACHES DANUBE The toxic spill from an aluminum factory in Hungary has reached the Danube, after wiping out the entire stock of fish in the smaller Marcal river. (Reuters)

KARZAI LAUNCHES PEACE COUNCIL IN AFGHANISTAN President Hamid Karzai initiates a special council, in an effort to strike a peace deal with the Taliban. The council consists of about 68 Afghan clerics and elders. (CNN)

GLOBAL MARKETS HOLD STEADY, DOLLAR SLIDES
Movements on global stock exchanges remain largely flat, while the dollar’s slide against world currencies continues. (AP)

FIRED MAYOR OF MOSCOW FIRES BACK AGAINST KREMLIN Recently fired Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov accuses Russian President Dmitry Medvedev of overseeing “calamities, terrorist acts, and bad harvests” during his tenure in office. (CNN)

SARKOZY ADJUSTS CONTROVERSIAL PENSIONS PLAN French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will tweak his retirement reform bill, in order to allow some parents to retire earlier. (BBC)

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