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Fire at Russian Nightclub Kills 101

American Amanda Knox, 22, has been found guilty for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher by an Italian jury. The case has garnered worldwide attention, in part due to Knox’s optimism that she would be acquitted of all charges. Her former boyfriend was also found guilty and Knox has been sentenced to 26 years in prison, CNN.

A fire at a Russian club has killed over 100 people. The fire occurred in the city of Perm and is believed to have by caused by fireworks, which were set off inside the club, BBC News.

Two Rwandan peacekeepers have been killed in Darfur by Sudan rebels. The peacekeepers were a part of the group Unamid, which have seen 19 of their workers killed in the area in the last two years, BBC News.

The opening matches and groups were set for the 2010 World Cup earlier today. Group G is largely considered the “Group of Death,” with Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast all in the group. The U.S. and England will play a heavily anticipated match on June 12, CDB.

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Breaking: 2010 World Cup Groups Set

Group G is considered the “Group of Death” with strong records from Brazil, Portugal, and rising power Ivory Coast. The 1st and 2nd from each group and 3rd and 4th teams will play each other first. A schedule can be found here.

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NATO Pledges More Troops to Afghanistan

NATO has pledged an additional 5,000 troops to be sent to Afghanistan. U.S. President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. would be sending 30,000 additional troops. 42,000 NATO personnel are currently in Afghanistan, CNN. Map of forces in Afghanistan, BBC News. The Taliban has vowed to fight the surge, BBC News. Live blog of the U.S. Senate hearings on Afghanistan, New York Times.

The 5 British sailors who were picked up by Iran after allegedly straying into Iranian waters have been released, BBC News.

More than 1,000 police officers were removed from their posts in the province of  Maguindanao where 57 people were massacred on November 23 in a pre-election power struggle. Those killed were family members and supporters of Esmael Mangudadatu who were on their way to register his name for the race for governor of the province as well as journalists covering the event. Andal Ampatuan, Jr., son of the current provincial governor, has been charged with 25 counts of murder and is suspected of arranging the massacre. The federal government removed the police officers, who are suspected of helping or allowing the violence, prior to a full investigation of the massacre. They will be replaced with officers from other parts of the Philippines, Al Jazeera.

In an effort to stamp out free market trade, North Korea is revaluing its currency, the won. Citizens must exchange their cash and there will be an exchange upper limit of 100,000 won (about $700 USD) per family. This will virtually wipe out any wealth an average North Korea has managed to accumulate. Shops will be closed until next week when the new currency becomes valid, Times Online.

Thierry Henry, the French football player responsible for the handball that led to France advancing to the World Cup over the Republic of Ireland, will be investigated by FIFA’s disciplinary committee, BBC Sport.  World Cup seeding announced, New York Times.

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Belgium PM Van Rompuy Elected First EU President

In a signal that members of the European Union wish to keep the new position of President of the EU from being too powerful for now, the low-key Belgium Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy has been chosen to be the first person to hold the office, Voice of America.

Massive flooding has hit parts of the United Kingdom and Scotland after heavy rains yesterday. Two bridges collapsed and hundreds had to be rescued by helicopter and boat, MS-NBC.

52 students were taken into custody by police yesterday during a protest against tuition increases at the University of California, Davis. Students also protested at the University of California, Los Angeles, CNN.

The FIFA has decided that a rematch between France and Ireland will not be played and France will continue on the the 2010 World Cup. FIFA says that official rules clearly state that the decision of a referee is final and cannot be overturned after a game, CNN.

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Afghan Pres. Karzai Sworn in for Second Term

Afghan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in for his second term today. Karzai was declared the winner of the August 20 vote despite widespread fraud. A run-off was set to occur between Karzai and his nearest vote-getting opponent, but his opponent dropped out because it would have been too dangerous for voters to go to the polls again, CNN. Corruption in Afghanistan is still a major problem, BBC News.

A U.S. federal court has ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for overseeing physical infrastructure in many areas in the U.S., was responsible for the levy breach that occurred during New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The ruling is important because many homeowners found after the storm that their homeowner’s insurance would not cover the damages because the levy breach was a man-made disaster, CNN.

The U.N. says that women in the developing world will be particularly affected by global climate change because they are the primary caregivers of often large families. The Africa director of the U.N. Population Fund called for more availability of family planning resources for African women, Voice of America.

Controversy has erupted over the qualifying match between France and Ireland for a spot at the 2010 World Cup. France won the match after a handball helped the team score a goal in the final seconds. The referee did not call the handball and the score was allowed to stand, sending France to the World Cup, Associated Press.  Calls have been made in recent years for football to add an instant replay option on close calls, but the current organizer of the 2010 World Cup opposes the practice, USA Today. The World Cup will be held in South Africa next year, FIFA official website.

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Militants Target Elders in Pakistan

Militants connected to the Taliban and al Qaeda have targeted two elder leaders in northwestern Pakistan who spoke out against the Taliban, BBC News.

The number of deaths from the H1N1 in the U.S. is 4 times higher than the Centers for Disease Control had previously predicted. 4,000 people in the United States have died since April, Voice of America.

Thousands mourned Robert Enke, the German football goalie who committed suicide earlier this week. Enke was expected to be Germany’s goalie in the 2010 World Cup. Enke had been stricken by grief after the death of his young daughter, CNN.

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