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CDU and Merkel Win German Election

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won the German election. The CDU will have to team up with the Free Democratic Party (FDP or commonly referred to as the Liberals) for a majority. Merkel will remain Germany’s Chancellor. In the elections four years ago, the CDU had to align with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) which is more liberal than the CDU and was not an easy fit.  The new CDU-FDU coalition will be more pro-business and Merkel has also promised tax cuts, CNN International.

More than 140 people are confirmed dead in severe floods caused by heavy rains in the Philippines. Over 400,000 people have been displaced. Aid agencies are trying to get food and water to the areas affected, Voice of America. Photo Gallery, CNN.

Newspaper columnist and former Nixon speechwriter William Safire died at the age of 79 on Sunday at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland. Safire was a libertarian and conservative and an expert on language usage, New York Times.

A police officer in Britain will be charged for assaulting a protestor during during last April’s G-20 protests in London. The assault was caught on video and posted on YouTube, BBC News. The protestor was attending a vigil for Ian Tomlinson, a newspaper vendor who died during the protests after being struck by a police officer. That assualt was also caught on video but no charges have been filed, Wikipedia.

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Last Minute Campaigning in Germany Before the Polls Tomorrow

Germans will take to the polls tomorrow to decide whether current chancellor Angela Merkel will continue to lead the country.  Her leading challenger is Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a member of the Social Democratic Party, Bloomberg.

Thousands took to the streets in the West Bank yesterday to protest the deaths of 3 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid earlier this week, AFP.

16 people have died in 2 suicide car bombs in northwest Pakistan. Pakistan’s military worked to drive members of the Taliban away from that area, which borders Afghanistan, earlier this year and the region was quiet for awhile but it now appears that Taliban members are returning along with violence, BBC News.

More from behind the scenes on the reveal of Iran’s second uranium enrichment facility, including the secret messages that tipped off the U.S., New York Times. Iran will allow UN inspectors into the site, Associated Press.

Paul G. Kirk, Jr., a former businessman and lobbyist, was sworn as an interim appointment to the Massachusetts seat of the U.S. Senate left empty by the passing of Edward Kennedy. Kirk will serve until a special election is held on January 19, Boston Globe.

In his weekly address, President Obama discusses progress made at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh earlier this week. The most notable outcome of the Summit was the declaration that the G-20 (Group of 20) would surpass the G-8 as the dominant forum for international cooperation. The G-20 was expanded from the G-8 (Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Russia) to include developing nations including China, Mexico, and India. Transcript.

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Obama to Call for Regulation on 1st Anniversary of Collapse of Lehman Bros.

One year after the collapse Lehman Brothers, the tipping point that led to the collapse of the financial market, U.S. President Barack Obama will address the world’s economic situation today. He is expected to call for more regulation, BBC News. Aftershock: complete coverage of the financial collapse, BBC News.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated Vice Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier last night. 40% of Germans are unsure which party they will vote for in the upcoming September 27 election, Associated Press.

Venezula has made a deal to buy a significant quantity of military equipment from Russia, including 92 T-72 tanks and sophisticated air defense system components. Venezula has spent more than $4 billion on Russian military equipment in the past several years.  Russia is also helping Venezula  develop a nuclear energy program, Christian Science Monitor.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden released a new audio message on September 13, two days after the eighth anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., New York Times.

18 women and children were killed in a stampede yesterday as they waited for flour and other supplies in Karachi, Pakistan, Reuters.

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Iran Dismisses Charge of Foreign Agent Involvement in Protests

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, now says that he does not think foreign agents played any role in fomenting the protests that followed the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, Guardian.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrapped up his 4-day European tour today with a visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where he asked for help in pressuring Iran to end its nuclear program, Reuters.

Over the objections of China, the Dalai Lama has been issued a visa to go to Taiwan to comfort victims of the recent typhoon. The Buddhist leader had been denied entry to the country last year, BBC News.

Amnesty International is calling for a panel to investigate the violence in East Timor by the Indonesian troops and militia that killed up to 100,000 people a decade ago, Jakarta Post.

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Sen. Edward Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, Associated Press.

A 17-year-old, Mike Perham, from England has circumnavigated the globe solo becoming the youngest person to do so. In the Netherlands, a 13-year-old girl, Laura Dekker, is bidding to smash the new record but is engaged in a court battle with welfare services as to whether she is allowed to sail by herself and miss two years of school, CNN.

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Low Turnout, Violence Mar Afghan Election

15 million people in Afghanistan were eligible to vote at 7,000 polling stations today in presidential and provincial races, but media reports indicate the turnout was low.  The vote came amid violence and heavy security. 2 suspected suicide bombers were shot dead in the country’s capital of Kabul shortly after polls opened this morning. Voter turnout was higher in the northern part of the country, which is relatively peaceful, than in the southern part where the Taliban had said it would target anyone who participated in the election. Two people with ink-stamped fingers showing they had voted were said to have been hanged in Kandahar, New York Times. Photo Gallery of the election, BBC News.

11 Iraqi security officers have been detained for questioning after yesterday’s attacks near the heavily fortified Green Zone that killed at least 100 people and injured more than 500 in Baghdad yesterday. The kind of trucks that were used by the bombers are not allowed inside the security zone, Voice of America.

Over 1,300 children in Wenping township in Hunan province in China have lead poisoning due to fumes from a nearby manganese processing plant, Associated Press.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes magazine’s Most Powerful Women list for the 4th year in a row, Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times reports that the CIA outsourced assassinations to private security firm Blackwater (now Xe Services). It is unclear if any assassinations were actually ever carried out, New York Times.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people has been released from prison in Scotland on “compassionate grounds.” Al-Megrahi is suffering from prostate cancer and is not expected to have long to live. Reactions to the release, Reuters.

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