Uganada Moves to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

The president of Uganda wants to ban female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision). Yoweri Museveni’s proposal would ban the practice totally and could impose the death penalty if a girl dies as a result of the procedure, CNN.

Talks in Costa Rica mediating the crisis in Honduras have ended without resolution. Exiled president Manuel Zelaya and interim leader Roberto Micheletti did not meet face to face but only spoke through Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, BBC News.

Residents of Bundanoon, a small town in Australia, voted to ban the sale of bottled water. A company had planned to build a water-extraction plant to be used to supply the water for bottled water in the town. Bottled water is largely unregulated and in many cases is simply tap water or untreated water from underground reserves, Reuters.

GM exited bankruptcy after only 40 days. The company was allowed to reform after selling most of its assets. The new company is owned by the US government (60.8%), the Canadian government (11.7%), and the UAW retiree health trust (17.5%), Washington Post.

Bad weather threatens today’s scheduled space shuttle launch. This will be the third time the launch has been put off, CNET.

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