Wedding Party Struck by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan

At least 26 people, 21 members of a wedding party and 5 police, have died in two roadside bombings in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, Los Angeles Times.

Pakistan has issued a global alert for 13 people it believes are associated with the 2008 Mumbai hotel bombings, CNN.

Three people convicted of involvement in the 2003 Mumbai bombings have been sentenced to death by hanging, IBN. There are over 300 people on death row in India, IBN.

Striking workers at an auto factory in South Korea have ended their occupation of the factory. Union leaders and company representatives were able to come to an agreement about the structure of a plan for lay-offs at the factory. About 1,000 workers occupied the painting facility at Ssangyong Motor Co. for 77 days, Yonhap.

A U.S./Columbia plan to allow the U.S. access to Columbia military bases is meeting more resistance from neighbors in South America than was anticipated. Columbia’s president is touring the region to assure other world leaders that the U.S. presence will be minimal. The plan calls for the U.S. to take over 3 airfields, 2 army facilities, and 2 naval bases, BBC News.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed by the Senate today. Nine Republican senators have announced they will vote for her. With the votes of the Democratic majority, Sotomayor is expected to be easily confirmed, Voice of America. Watch the Senate debate starting at 10am EDT. The vote is scheduled at around 3pm EDT, CSPAN.

The first atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan 64 years ago today. 70,000 people died instantly. See the Big Picture for photographs of the before and after.

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