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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15, 2010

NEW OBAMA PLAN TO WIND DOWN U.S. ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN US will unveil later this week details of how they will transfer security duties to Afghan forces over the next 18 to 24 months. Plan modeled on precedent set in Iraq with surge, followed by wind-down. (NYT)

ANOTHER QANTAS AIR (NEAR) EMERGENCY Australian flight carrying 199 passengers is forced to turn back to Sydney because of electrical problem. The Boeing 747 flight landed without incident, and follows grounding of Airbus A380 fleet after part of a plane’s engine cover fell off in flight. (CNN)

ISRAEL COULD COMPLETE NEW HOMES IN U.S. PEACE DEAL Israel could finish hundreds of homes already under construction in West Bank settlements even if it agrees to a U.S.-drafted deal to renew a freeze on new construction. (AP)

FREED BRITISH COUPLE TOLD OF FATHER’S DEATH A day after he was released with his wife, Paul Chandler is told that his father died in July during the couple’s year of being held hostage by Somali pirates. (BBC)

FACEBOOK V. GOOGLE: THE BATTLE IS ON Facebook is expected to announce a challenge to Google’s Gmail services, as the two titans vie for internet supremacy and rivals eye a takeover of hobbled Yahoo. (Reuters)

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