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While U Slept: Big 5 News Breaking Overnight. Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19, 2010

NEW ZEALAND MINE EXPLOSION, 27 MISSING Two survivors reported after underground explosion on New Zealand’s west coast. Rescuers holding off on searching mine for fear of gas buildup. (CNN)

NATO READY TO TURN OVER SECURITY TO AFGHAN FORCES Summit in Lisbon opens with new details from US officials about goal of withdrawing foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan by 2014. (Reuters)

EVIDENCE OF NEW NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR REACTOR New satellite images of a North Korean nuclear site and a recent visit to the North by two American experts suggest that Pyongyang has started work on a new reactor. (NYT)

NORTH AFRICAN AL QAEDA MAKES HOSTAGE DEMAND TO FRANCE The leader of terror network’s North African wing demands withdrawal of French forces from Afghanistan in return for the safety of French nationals kidnapped in Niger. (Al Jazeera)

BERNANKE FIRES BACK OVER CRITIQUE OF FED’S MONEY EASING Fed Chairman argues that China and others are causing global problems by preventing their currencies from strengthening as their economies boom. (WSJ)

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