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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Tuesday October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010

US SAYS TENSIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND NEIGHBORS BEGINS TO EASE After months of disputes over territorial and maritime claims, China and its East Asian neighbors are reportedly taking steps to ease tensions, US officials say. (WSJ)

CHINA’S NOBEL PRIZE WINNER ASKS WIFE TO COLLECT PRIZE
Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has asked his wife to collect his Nobel Prize for him, although it remains unclear whether the Chinese government will allow her to do so. (Reuters)

FRANCE GOES ON STRIKE Transit workers in France go on strike, as part of ongoing protests against President Sarkozy’s proposed pension plan. (NYT)

UKRAINE BUS ACCIDENT KILLS 38 A bus collision in Ukraine has left 38 people dead, while at least 11 people were rushed to the hospital. (NYT)

IRAN ARRESTS 2 GERMANS IN STONING CASE Iran has confirmed the arrest of two German nationals who tried to interview a woman who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. (AP)

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