Bolivia declared today that indigenous people in the country have the right to rule themselves. They are the first country in South America to give the indigenous people this right and they will be able to vote on referendums that allow for more autonomy in December, BBC News.
Since July 26, more than 600 Nigerians have been killed in violence between an Islamic sect and security forces. Officials say they will have to bury many in mass graves because of the large number of deceased, Sky News.
A plague in China has quarantined an entire town and two people are dead. A 32-year-old and 37-year-old have both died from the lung disease, AP.
Ford Motor Co. reports that their sales increased in the month of July, a promising sign that the U.S. may be recovering from the economic crisis. The company says the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which encourages drivers to trade in vehicles that are not fuel efficent for new vehicles that are, helped aid sales, CNN.
12 civilians were killed over the weekend in Mogadishu after soldiers shelled a northern residential area. The shells were retaliation for six mortars that were fired at the presidential palace by insurgents. The Somali capital city has been plagued by violence for months and police warn that with the arrival of foreigners that aim to help Muslim extremists, the violence will only get worse, BBC News.
Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, the commander of the Marine expeditionary brigade in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, says the U.S. is concerned about the lack of Afghan troops in the area. The U.S. has 4,000 Marines in the area now, with several thousand joining them soon, but there are only 400 effective Afghan troops currently fighting, New York Times.
Just after 4am tomorrow morning, an event will occur that only happens once in a century – the time and date will align to make 04:05:06 07/08/09, USA Today.
A mortar bomb blast at a mosque in Somalia has killed at least 10. The blast occurred in the capital city of Mogadishu where fighting between pro-government forces and Muslim extremists have overtaken the city for the past few weeks. Over 250 people have been killed in the violence, BBC News.
Iran’s opposition leader, Mirhossein Mousavi, has called for protests tomorrow to call against Friday’s election and the deaths of protesters since the election results were announced. In a World Cup qualifying match today against South Korea, some Iranian footballers wore green to show their support for the revolution, Sky News.
Rep. Nita Lowey of New York announced yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball that the House’s Appropriations Committee would increase the proposed budget of the Peace Corps to $450M. The Peace Corps, started by President Kennedy, suffered under the Bush administration from poor funding. But this year applications are up 40% for 2008 and Obama hopes to double the size of the organization. 20 countries that do not have any Peace Corps volunteers currently have expressed need for PC volunteers in their countries, MSNBC.
Hot Topic: NPR examines Mexico’s seemingly never-ending drug war here.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi have both declared victory after Friday’s presidential elections, but election officials say Ahmadinejad is currently leading with almost 70% of the vote. Mousavi, who is popular in the cities and with students, says there are irregularities in the results, AP.
Two climbers have fallen to their deaths on Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. John Mislow, 39, of Newton, Mass., and Andrew Swanson, 36, of Minneapolis were roped together and officials say there are still not sure what events caused the fall, but they did fall at least 2,000 feet. Rangers noted that the two were experienced climbers, AP.
Amanda Knox, the American woman accused of killing her British roommate in Italy in 2007, took the stand today to prove her innocence. Knox says she was beaten by Italian police and that they tried to force her into a confession. Meredith Kercher, who was studying abroad in Italy, was found dead with her throat slashed in their shared apartment, BBC News.
Hot Topic: CNN has an interesting article with seven stories of the Civil War that few Americans are taught in school. Read the article here.