Americans Charged with Spying in Iran

3 American tourists who were arrested after they illegally crossed the border from Iraq into Iran have been charged with espionage. Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal have been held in Iranian prison since July 31. They were hiking in the Kurdish region of Iraq and are said to have accidentally crossed a poorly marked border into Iran, BBC News.

9 men were executed in China for their alleged involvement in the July  riots in Xinjiang Province that led to the deaths of 200 people. Those executed are said to be 8 ethnic Uighurs and 1 Han Chinese, New York Times.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, BBC News. The East German news conference that as an after-thought announced the end of travel restrictions to West Germany, Reuters.  Walls remain standing in many other parts of the world, BBC News.

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