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While U Slept: Big 5 Overnight News. Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010

INDONESIAN DEATH TOLL HITS 343 Rescuers recover 343 bodies in Indonesia, following the earthquake, tsunami and volcano that simultaneously wreaked havoc on the country.  (AP)

FRENCH LAUNCH NEW STRIKE FOLLOWING RATIFIED PENSION LAW
Although President Sarkozy’s controversial pension plan has already passed, French workers launch a new strike in protest of the measure. (BBC)

FRANCE MAY WITHDRAW FROM AFGHANISTAN IN 2011 French defense minister Herve Morin says his country may withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in 2011, while insisting that the decision has nothing to do with a recent terrorist threat believed to be from Osama bin Laden. (CNN)

CLINTON TO PRESS CHINA ON MINERALS
Hillary Clinton says she’ll ask Chinese officials this week about reports that the country has suspended shipments of rare earth minerals, upon which both the US and Japan are heavily reliant. (NYT)

SOUTHEAST ASIA SEEKS COMMON CURRENCY STANCE AHEAD OF G20 Southeast Asian leaders push for a common currency policy ahead of next month’s G20 meeting, in an attempt to protect regional exports. (Bloomberg)

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