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While U Slept: Big 5 Overnight News. Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 8, 2010

AUSSIE MINISTER SAYS ASSANGE NOT TO BLAME FOR WIKILEAKS Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd says the U.S. government is to blame for the Wikileaks document leak–not Julian Assange. (Guardian)

PRISON FIRE KILLS 81 IN CHILE A fire breaks out in a prison in Chile’s capital, killing 81, according to state television. (Reuters)

US MILITARY CHIEF SLAMS CHINA OVER NORTH KOREA America’s top military officer criticizes China for not diplomatically intervening to help resolve the ongoing dispute between North and South Korea. (NYT)

LIBERIAN PRESIDENT WARNS WARLORDS AGAINST INTERVENING IN IVORY COAST Liberia’s president says its former rebel leaders must not get involved in the Ivory Coast crisis. (BBC)

MASTERCARD ATTACKED, IN RESPONSE TO WIKILEAKS ACCOUNT FREEZE
In apparent response to MasterCard’s decision to freeze all accounts under Wikileaks’ name, hackers take down the company’s site. (Guardian)

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