While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17, 2010

GERMANY TIGHTENS AIRPORT SECURITY AMID TERROR THREATS After receiving intelligence reports of a terrorist attack planned for the end of November, German authorities step up security efforts at airports throughout the country. (BBC)

A top NATO civilian in Afghanistan says the alliance’s combat operations in the country may continue beyond its previously announced deadline of 2014. (AP)

CHINA ATTEMPTS TO COMBAT RISE IN FOOD PRICES Chinese officials unveil plans to counter price increases for foodstuffs, and, perhaps, commodities like fuel and cotton. (NYT)

SUSPECTED RUSSIAN ARMS DEALER JAILED IN NEW YORK Suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout is jailed in New York, after being extradited from Thailand. (AFP)

HAITI PRESIDENT CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AMID CHOLERA OUTBREAK Haiti president René Préval says he will not tolerate further violence from protesters, who recently turned against UN peacekeepers, blaming them for the country’s recent cholera outbreak. (Guardian)

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