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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010

FRENCH STRIKES CRIPPLE NATION Ground and air travel in France grind to a halt, as nationwide strikes grip the nation. The strike comes in protest of President Sarkozy’s plan to raise the national retirement age from 60 to 62. (WSJ)

TYPHOON MEGI KILLS 10, HEADS TOWARD CHINA China’s southern Guangdong region braces itself for super typhoon Megi, which has already killed ten people in the Philippines.(Telegraph)

INSURGENTS STORM CHECHEN GOVERNMENT Gunmen storm Parliament and the Agriculture Ministry in Russia’s Chechen region, reportedly killing some in the area. (AP/BostonGlobe)

PAKISTAN DENIES BIN LADEN’S PRESENCE IN THE COUNTRY Pakistani officials deny recent NATO claims that Osama bin Laden has been living comfortably in the country’s northwest region. (EconomicTimes)

JAPAN AGREES TO TALK WITH CHINA, DESPITE ANTI-CHINESE PROTESTS
Japan promises to meet with Chinese foreign ministers next week, even as the country’s anti-Chinese protests rage on. (AP/WashingtonPost)

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