Bill Clinton in North Korea to Release Journalists

Former US President Bill Clinton flew to North Korea last night on an unannounced visit to negotiate the release of two American journalists who were convicted of trespassing on North Korean soil earlier this year. Laura Ling and Euna Lee are sentenced to 12 years in prison in North Korea. North Korea asked that in return for their release the US make an apology which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has done and that a high-profile American come to North Korea. Clinton is expected to return with the journalists released, ABC News. Profile of the jailed women, BBC News.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the release of three Americans being held in Iran. Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal were said to be hiking in the mountainous area on the border between the Kurdish region of Iraq and Iran when they were arrested for crossing the border into Iran. The United States has no diplomatic relationship with Iran and does not have an embassy in the country so the Swiss embassy is working on the release, CNN.

The Palestinian political group Fatah  is holding a conference, their first in 20 years. Fatah is the political party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The conference got off to a rocky start after Hamas, the group that controls much of the Gaza Strip, refused to allow 400 Fatah members to join the conference. Fatah is hoping to bring younger people into the party and to update its positions on the peace process, Al Jazeera.

The US Senate will begin debate on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court. The National Rifle Association has come out hard against her nomination but the Democratic majority is expected to confirm her this week. Watch the debate live on CSPAN2 starting at 10am EDT.

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