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Obama unveils 2011 budget

U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.8 trillion 2011 budget. The budget will include a $1.56 trillion deficit as the U.S. attempts to climb out of recession, BBC News.

A suicide bomb attack in Iraq killed 46 pilgrims on their way to Karbala. The suicide bomber was a woman, Al Jazeera.

France has denied citizenship to a man who forces his wife to wear a full Islamic veil, Al Jazeera.

An Indian man in Melbourne who said he was attacked by 4 Australians has now admitted to maing the story up. Tensions are high between Australians and Indians living and visiting Australia, BBC News.

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News in Science and Nature

A giant iceberg is on a collision course with Australia. Icebergs are not uncommon, but this one, created when a large block of ice broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000, is very large and is the equivalent of 87 square miles in area. It will most likely break up into smaller ice bergs, but if the iceberg did hit the continental shelf at Australia, it would trigger a large earthquake,  Times Online.

Russia admitted that a failed test of its new intercontinental missile was responsible for brilliant light over Norway Wednesday night, Fox News. Computer simulation of how the mysterious giant spiral could have happened, Gizmodo.

Thousands of fish are dying as the Manaquiri River in Brazil dries up due to drought, Al Jazeera.

A new dinosaur that was related to the T. rex has been found in New Mexico, BBC News.

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American Journalists Pardoned in North Korea

President Bill Clinton is currently en route to Los Angeles with journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who had been held in North Korea on charges of illegally entering the communist country. They are expected to be reunited with their families shortly. The two were pardoned today after being imprisoned for almost five months, AP.

Three more men have been arrested today in connection with an Australian terror plot. Four were arrested yesterday and are accused of plotting to attack an army base in Sydney. Officials say all seven men are believed to be a part of the Somali-based al-Shabab group, BBC News.

Hot Topic: The Risk And Reward In Clinton’s N. Korea Mission.

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Australian Police Foil Terror Plot

Australian police have detained four people in Melbourne after discovering a plot to blow up an army base. Police say the suspects were planning a suicide attack and it is likely it would have been the worst terror attack on Australian soil if not prevented. The four are all between the ages of 22 and 26 and are Australian nationals, BBC.

The American “cash for clunkers” program has already seen a quarter of a million cars traded in and is being cited as the reason for Ford’s increase in sales last month (for the first time in two years). However, White House officials say that unless the Senate approves $2bn for the program by Friday, they will be forced to end the program, AP.

Strong earthquakes hit near Mexico today, but no reports of damage or injuries have surfaced. The first earthquake had a magnitude of 5.8, the second was very strong at 6.9, and a 5.0 and 5.9 followed soon after. The quakes were felt in L.A., San Diego, and Phoenix, BNO.

Breaking: BNO reports there has been a missile strike near the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Check back for details.

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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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