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While U Slept: Big 5 Overnight News. Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010

TARIQ AZIZ SENTENCED TO DEATH Saddam Hussein’s foreign minister and public face of former Iraqi regime is condemned to die by hanging for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties. (AP)

QUAKE/TSUNAMI TOLL IN INDONESIA, AT LEAST 40 DEAD The 7.7-magnitude earthquake off Sumatra has generated a “significant” tsunami, injuring at least 380, with fears of major casualties on remote islands where communication has been cut. (CNN)

IRAN BEGINS LOADING FUEL INTO CORE OF NUCLEAR PLANT Procedure is one of the last steps to making Iran a nuclear power, despite pressure from international community that fears it will use reactors to produce weapons. (Reuters)

UK ECONOMY EXPANDS TWICE AS FAST AS EXPECTED Outperforms all forecasts by economists in the third quarter as services and construction drive recovery. (Bloomberg)

U.S. GETTING MORE CORRUPT, OR AT LEAST SO IT SEEMS Perceptions of corruption in the United States have worsened over the past year, knocking it out of watchdog group’s top 20 in global rankings. (NYT)

BONUS: PAUL THE OCTOPUS IS DEAD Tentacled oracle gained worldwide fame this year by correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup soccer matches dies in his sleep at the Sea Life Center in Oberhausen, Germany. (Spiegel)

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