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Iceland Close to Joining European Union

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing finished today after four days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s vote on Sotomayor may be as soon as next week, but no date has been scheduled as of yet, CQ Politics.

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will set up his headquarters in Honduras and will lead his “final battle” against coup leaders. The aide also has said Zelaya will attempt to return to the country today, but will not tell where the headquarters will be located. Zelaya was ousted last month after introducing a vote that would have allowed the government to write a new constitution, AP.

Iceland’s parliament has narrowly voted to seek entrance to the European Union. The country will also attempt to change their currency to the euro. The grueling debate lasted five days and saw supporters citing the bleak economic climate as the primary reason to join. Dissenters fear the move will harm Iceland’s fishing industry, BBC News.

Hot Topic: On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, NASA has relased a new video showing the historic moon landing.

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Today Marks 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Launch

Today is the 40th anniversary of the liftoff of Apollo 11, which delivered the first men to walk on the moon. Home base for the celebration is the website We Chose the Moon. The entire audio feed for the mission, from takeoff to moon walk to splash down, is available on the site. Follow @AP11_CAPCOM and @AP11_SPACECRAFT for retroactive tweets of the communication. Maps and video of all the lunar landings, BBC News. Where are they now? The men who walked on the moon, ABC News. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon after Neil Armstrong, says that it’s time to go Mars, Washington Post.

More information is out about the secret CIA program run by Vice President Cheney during the Bush administration. The program sought to establish a high level assassination squad that would target al-Qaeda leaders around the world. Congress, which is regularly in contact with the CIA about its operations, including top secret programs, was never briefed. It appears that the program was not continuously operational during the Bush administration and had mostly been shut down in 2004 after being labeled ineffective. However, new plans to move forward with training caused CIA Director Leon Panetta to shut down the program two months ago, Washington Post.

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are meeting at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Egypt. NAM is composed of countries who chose not to align with either the United States or the Soviet Union. The group first met in 1961. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a statement today reaffirming each country’s desire to engage in dialogue. It was only their second meeting since the Mumbai terror attacks. Among other disputes, India maintains that Pakistan was either involved in the attack or did little to prevent it, Times of India.

The Spanish woman, who, after receiving in vitro fertilization in California, became the world’s oldest mom at the age of 66, has died just three years after giving birth. It was widely reported that the woman had been diagnosed with a tumor around the time of the birth. The children, twin boys, are being looked after by the woman’s nephew, CNN.

An update patch sent to Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates appears to have actually been a program that could be used to spy on a user’s email and text messages. The true nature of program only came to light after UAE Blackberry users complained that the new patch drained their batteries, Wired.

Emmy nominations came out this morning. Favorites include last year’s winner for best comedy, 30 Rock, with 22 nominations and last year’s winner for best drama, Mad Men, with 16 nominations, complete list.  

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