While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Thursday, January 20, 2011

January 20, 2011

CHINA BOOMING BEYOND FORECASTS, ROILS MARKETS Chinese growth soars past forecasts and inflation slowed less than expected in the fourth quarter, prompting investors to worry that money policy may tighten. (Reuters)

SOUTH KOREA ACCEPTS NORTH’S OFFER FOR DEFENSE TALKS Agenda for the talks should include North Korean assurances that it will act responsibly and not provoke tensions in the future. South Korea blames the North for two deadly attacks last year. (AP)

GITMO TO STAY OPEN, MILITARY PROSECUTIONS TO INCREASE Obama administration set increase the use of military commissions to prosecute Guantánamo detainees, an acknowledgment that the prison in Cuba remains open for business. (NYT)

ARISTIDE: “READY” TO RETURN TO HAITI Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide releases statement that he is “ready” to return to his native country from exile in South Africa. (CNN)

NEW REPORT VERIFIES HAND THAT KILLED DANIEL PEARL New study comparing veins in the hand confirm suspicion that Khalid Sheik Mohammed — the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 — beheaded the Wall Street Journal reporter nine years ago. (WashPost)


Wikileaks Exclusive: German Space Scientists Want To Merge GPS and Galileo Navigation System Die Welt



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