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Seven Banks Fail in One Day in U.S.

Seven U.S. banks failed today, setting a new record. This means 52 banks have failed this year – more than double the total of all of 2008. Six banks in Illinois and one in Texas are the ones closed, but California and Georgia have the most failed banks of any states so far this year, CNN.

Syria has finally amended a law that allowed men who killed female relatives suspected of having illicit sex to receive small sentences. The law, Article 548, was used to decriminalize “honor killings,” and drew fire from women’s rights groups. The new law makes the minimum sentence two years instead of one, BBC News.

An investigation into the Air France Flight 447 crash shows the plane hit the ocean vertically and did not break up while still in the air. The discovery proves the speed sensors were not the cause of the crash, although they may have played some part, USA Today.

The U.S. Marines have launched a push into the Helmand River valley in southwestern Afghanistan to fight Taliban militants. 4,000 troops entered the area today in the biggest U.S. military attack since 2001, and many are worried the Taliban will be pushed back into Pakistan, causing more turmoil in the country, New York Times. Update: U.S. Marines have suffered their first casualty in the first full day of the Afghan campaign, AP.

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First Guantanamo Detainee to be Tried in NYC

The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial has arrived in New York City where the trial will be held. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian national, is accused of involvement in bombing of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. The truck bombings, which occurred simultaneously in 1998, killed 224 people, Los Angeles Times. Status of those suspected in the plot, Wikipedia.

Air France has agreed to replace the sensors that are believed to have been a factor in last week’s crash of Flight 447 on all of its Airbus A330 and A340 airplanes, CNN.

Indian students have united to protest racially-motivated attacks. Australia is home to approximately 90,000 Indian students. In Melbourne, a city of 4 million, attacks on Indians account for 30% of assaults, Times of India. About 200 Indians marched with hockey sticks and baseball bats in Sydney last night. The group attacked three Lebanese men in retaliation for an attack on an Indian man by a group of men of “Middle Eastern descent,” Telegraph.

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17 Bodies Found So Far From Air France Flight 447

Elections for the European Union parliament ended today. Far right parties made gains, including the British National Party, a party that only allows white members, which won one seat in parliament, Times Online. Check out BBC News’ helpful election results here.

A total of 17 bodies have been recovered so far from the Air France Flight 447 crash. The bodies were found about 700 miles off of Brazil’s coast. Authorities say they can still not rule out the possibility that an explosion caused the crash, CNN.

President Omar Bongo of Gabon, 73, has reportedly died after a serving the country since 1967. Bongo was under investigation for corruption charges along with two other African leaders, BBC News. Update: According to BNO, Gabon says reports that President Bongo has died are false.

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Roger Federer Wins French Open

Roger Federer won the French Open today, tying Pete Sampras’ record. This is Federer’s 14 major title and also gives him a grandslam having now won the French open, the US Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open. ESPN analysis of the winning match. Roger Federer’s official website.

Pakistanis civilians have united together to attack the Taliban in retaliation for the bombing of a mosque in northwestern Pakistan. 400 citizens from the Upper Dir district where 33 people died in a suicide bombing at a mosque last week, formed a militia and struck out against militants in five towns. The militia currently holds three of the towns. The action is being taken as a sign that public sentiment in Pakistan is turning against the Taliban, IBN.

Three bodies thought to be from Air France Flight 447 have been found. the plane’s black box has yet to be recovered, BBC News.

Five US contractors in Iraq are being held in the death of James Kitterman, the owner of a Houston, Tx based construction company operating in Iraq, who was found bound, blindfolded and stabbed inside the secure US-run Green Zone in Baghdad, CNN.

The European Union wraps up a weekend of voting today with voters picking their representatives to the EU’s parliament. Polling shows far right groups are favored throughout the EU, Associated Press.  EU Q & A from Reuters.


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Bodies Found from Air France Flight 447

Two bodies have been recovered in the Atlantic Ocean. body was verified as being a passenger on Air France Flight 447. The other is still bein identified. also found were a backpack and a laptop case. It is presumed that all 228 people on the jet died when it crashed into the ocean, CNN.

The police chief who was in charge during the Mumbai terror attacks in November, 2008 is going to be replaced.  A commission found that Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor failed to lead effectively during thee attacks, IBN.

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Iranian Presidential Debate Turns Heated on Live TV

President Ahmadinejad of Iran and his rival in the upcoming elections, Former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, took part in a heated debate on live TV today. The President accused Mousavi of lying and criticized his wife for campaigning for Mousavi, among other insults. Mousavi fired back at the President, claiming his government is repressing student protests and mocking the President for his presence on the international stage, where he is seen unfavorably. Elections take place in 10 days, BBC News.

The Organization of American States has readmitted Cuba into the organization for the first time in 47 years. Cuba, however, maintains they don’t have interest in taking part in the OAS. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a strong proponent for readmitting Cuba, and the decision was reached unanimously, but the U.S. made it clear that Cuba needed to work on their human rights policies and democratic reforms, NPR.

New reports say Air France Flight 447 likely broke apart in the air during a violent storm. New debris was found today, but the chance of finding survivors is extremely unlikely. Officials are worried the black box from the flight will not be recovered due to the rough conditions of the water in the area, AP.

CNN has a report on two Americans who were on board, a couple that were set to announcement their engagement. You can find it here.

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Wreckage From Flight 447 Found

Brazil’s Defense Minister says wreckage from Air France Flight 447 has been spotted in the Atlantic Ocean by military planes. The seen wreckage is listed as “an orange life vest, an aircraft seat, a drum, kerosene and oil.” It was spotted an estimated 600 miles off of Brazil’s coast, New York Times.

President Obama is preparing to leave for his Middle East trip that is designed to reach out to the Islamic world. Obama will first stop in Saudi Arabia where he will talk with King Abdullah. On Thursday, the U.S. President will speak at Cairo University, followed by a stop in Europe to commemorate D-Day, BBC News.

In a surprise appearance, President Obama met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during Barak’s meeting with White House officials in Washington. Obama is seeking to put pressure on Israel to accept a two-state solution, which would give Palestine statehood, but Prime Minister Netanyahu does not seem to be receptive to the idea, Haaretz.

Hot Topic: The Washington Post has a two-part series on the 2006 murder of Robert Wone, an Ivy League lawyer who was stabbed to death at his friend’s home. Three men who lived in the home are the prime suspects and will go on trial next year. Read the series here.


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Air France Flight 447 Wreckage (Possibly) Found

Air France Flight 447 wreckage may have been found. Brazilian aviation officials report that seats have been found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Senegal. Officials now think the plane may have been hit by lightening. The aircraft sent a series of four automated messages indicating equipment had failed but there was no contact with the crew. It is believed the plane crashed into the  ocean, CNN International.

A complete list of passengers aboard Flight 447 has not yet been released. A descendant of Brazil’s non-ruling royal family, Prince Pedro Luis de Orleans e Braganca, was on the plane, as well as executives for the Michelin Tire Company. This is a gobal tragedy that reaches far beyond Brazil and France. Nationalities of the 216 passengers are as follows: 61 French, 58 Brazilian, 9 Chinese, 9 Italian, 6 Swiss, 5 British, 5 Lebanese, 4 Hungarian, 3 Irish, 3 Norwegian, 3 Slovak, 2 American, 2 Moroccan, and also individuals from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, the Philippines, The Gambia, Iceland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey. 11 of the crew were French and 1 was Brazilian, Channel News Asia.

BBC News is reporting that a South Korean source tells them Kim Jong-il’s third son, Kim Jong-un will be North Korea’s next leader. North Korea is a completely closed society so it unlikely that the story can be confirmed, BBC News.

At least 61 are dead in an accident at  an illegal gold mine in South Africa, Bloomberg.

GM sells Hummer to an unnamed buyer, New York Times.

China has blocked the social media service Twitter this week in an effort to discourage demonstrations during the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy uprising that was brutal struck down 20 years ago, Reuters.

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