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Guatemalans Call For President to Step Down

Crowds in Guatemala are gathering to call for their president to step down after the death of a lawyer was tied to the head of state. Rodrigo Rosenberg was killed Sunday while riding his bike, one day after he sent a video and letter to Guatemala media outlets accusing President Colom in case of his death. Rosenberg was the lawyer of a businessman who was killed last year, Sky News.

The Coral Triangle in southeast Asian waters is likely to vanish by the end of the century if humans don’t change their patterns, a new report is suggesting. The coral reefs and diverse wildlife are endangered because of global warming, as are humans as the area supports over 100 million people. The report says combating against climate change, overpopulation, and over-fishing can help save the area, CNN.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that the CIA and Bush administration misled her about the use of waterboarding on detainees. Speaker Pelosi told reporters that she was explicitly told at a 2002 briefing that waterboarding was not being used. Pelosi, and other leading Democrats, are calling for a “truth commission” to investigate the Bush administration’s actions regarding the War on Terror, USA Today.

Roxana Saberi was released from prison on Monday and has finally left Tehran. The Iranian-American journalist was jailed in Iran and senentenced to eight years for “spying.” Fortunately, international response caused an appeals court to reconsider her case and found her not guilty, NPR.

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Obama Announces Rail Plan and Releases Torture Memos

The Justice Department has released four secret Bush administration memos that detail interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, used by the U.S. on 28 terror suspects. The ACLU has all 4 documents up on their website here. In a reactionary statement, President Obama has vowed to “ensure that the actions described within them never take place again.” The White House will not prosecute CIA officials for engaging in torture acts, BNO.

In the first of its kind, the Youtube Symphony Orchestra premiered at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night and wowed audiences. Almost 100 musicians were chosen to perform from 3,000 video submission. Organizers of the event are hoping the success will change the audition process for performers, CNN.

President Obama has kicked off his first trip to Latin America on a positive note. Obama wrote an op-ed piece that ran in many Latin America newspapers, saying “We will renew and sustain a broader partnership between the United States and the hemisphere on behalf of our common prosperity and our common security.” His big promise so far was made to Mexico in a show of support for fighting drug lords and rising violence in America’s neighbor, NPR.

In even more Obama news, the American president has announced a high-speed rail plan that will cut American dependence on cars and airplanes. The plan calls for 10 corridors that will connect America’s biggest cities and allow trains to reach more than 100 mph, The Guardian. Image of proposed line here.

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