Dow Jones Sees 53 Percent Gain This Year

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10015.86 today, reaching 10,000 for the first time since October of 2008. The boost was thanks to a better-than-expected profit from bank JP Morgan Chase. That marks a 53 percent gain in only seven months, Wall Street Journal.

Confusion has erupted over whether an agreement has been reached in Honduras between the ousted government and coup leaders. Negotiators for ousted President Manuel Zelaya have said an “unified text” has been agree upon, but representatives of interim leader Roberto Micheletti deny this. Talks are likely to resume again tomorrow, BBC News.

The Iraqi government has estimated that 85,000 citizens were violently killed during the 2004 to 2008 American occupation. The estimate does not include foreigners or insurgents. Past reports have placed the number anywhere between 100,000 to over half a million, BBC News.

European officials have criticized Turkey over threats to freedom of expression in the country. This comes after controversy about a $3.9 billion fine against Dogan Yayin, Turkey’s largest media conglomerate, who have been critical of the current government, New York Times.

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