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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

CHINESE VP TAKES BIG STEP CLOSER TO SUCCEEDING HU Xi Jinping, 57, appointed as a vice chairman of the Communist Party’s military commission, strengthening his position to be the next leader of the world’s most-populous nation. (Bloomberg)

NATO OFFICIAL: BIN LADEN AND DEPUTY NOT “LIVING IN A CAVE” Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be living in relative comfort, in separate houses, in northwest Pakistan. (CNN)

TYPHOON MEGI MAKES LANDFALL IN NORTHERN PHILIPPINES At least one person reported killed as intense “super typhoon” hits land, packing winds of up to 140mph. (BBC)

FOREIGN PRESS WILL BE SHUT OUT FROM MYANMAR’S ELECTIONS Diplomats told that foreign reporters will not be allowed in the military-ruled country to cover its first election in 20 years on Nov. 7. (AP)

FRENCH LABOR SHOWDOWN OVER PENSIONS SPREADS Protests over President Sarkozy’s plan to raise minimum retirement age promise to slow life and work in France for the entire week, with highways blocked, clashes with police and nationwide strike planned for Tuesday. (NYT)

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