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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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Mayor Charged in Philippines Massacre

Andal Ampatuan Jr., the mayor of Datu Unsay, a town in Maguindanao province in the Philippines, has been charged in the murders of 57 people who were on their way to file election papers for Ismael Mangudadatu, political rival of Ampatuan’s father who is governor of the province, Voice of America. Some of the suspects who carried out the attacks have turned themselves in and others are being sought by authorities. More than 20 journalists were also killed in the attack. New reports have surfaced that the women who were killed in the massacre were shot in the genitals and may have been raped, New York Times. Ismael Mangudadatu, whose wife was killed in the attack, has since filed the papers for his candidacy, Associated Press.

Financial markets around the world have fallen after news that Dubai World, a government run financial operation in Dubai,  needs to restructure its debt and will not be able to make payments as scheduled, New York Times. Explainer: What is Dubai World?, CNN.

Police in southern Florida are searching for Paul Michael Merhige, the man who allegedly fatally shot four of his family members yesterday,  CNN.

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution condemning Iran’s construction of a secret nuclear facility for uranium enrichment. The resolution was backed by Iranian allies Russia and China. Iran is not thought to currently have the ability to produce a nuclear weapon and says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but most world governments suspect that Iran is seeking nuclear capability, BBC News. Q & A on Iran’s nuclear programs, BBC News.

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