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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20, 2010

FRENCH GOV’T MOVES IN TO FORCE OPEN FUEL DEPOTS AS LABOR CLASH DEEPENS French authorities force reopening of strike-shuttered fuel depots as interior minister threatens to send in paramilitary police to stop rioting in clashes against raising the retirement age to 62. (AP)

NEW DETAILS OF EXTENSIVE FACE-TO-FACE TALKS WITH TOP TALIBAN CHIEFS Reports that top level commanders from radical group are secretly leaving Pakistan sanctuaries with help of NATO troops to arrive in Kabul for talks with Afghan President Karzai to end war. (NYT)

CLARENCE THOMAS’ WIFE CALLS ANITA HILL SEEKING APOLOGY Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice of sexual harassment when he was a nominee two decades ago, has no plans to apologize after message left on answering machine that Hill calls “inappropriate.” (CNN)

POPE BENEDICT XVI NAMES 24 NEW CARDINALS Among the promotions to red-hat status, Raymond Burke, a former Archbishop of St. Louis, whose arch-conservative positions have drawn fire. (NCR)

BIGGEST UK PUBLIC CUTS IN DECADES Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne set to reveal details of budget reductions of 25% to government departments, alongside welfare cuts. Reports say nearly 500,000 public sector jobs will go by 2014-15. (BBC)

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