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Fierce fighting continues in Marja

NATO troops continued their push into Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan, centered on the city of Marja, PBS Newshour. Map of the area, New York Times. Some civilians have been killed in the fighting, Associated Press.

2 trains collided in Belgium today, killing 18 and injuring many more, CNN. Train crash in pictures, BBC News.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East. Clinton said she is concerned that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have supplanted the government of Iran, leading it in the direction of a military dictatorship, New York Times.

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Germany’s Top Soldier Resigns over Civilians Deaths

Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Germany’s top soldier in Afghanistan, has resigned due to allegations of a cover-up of the events of September 4 in which a fuel truck that has been stolen by militants was blown up by a NATO airstrike under the command of the German military. Many civilians were also killed in the attack, although reports range from between 30 to 70 civilian deaths. Schneiderhan resigned because he was allegedly involved in a cover-up in which the German military at first insisted that no civilians had been killed, BBC News.

Today marks the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai, India. Mumbai is marking the day with vigils and commemorations, Associated Press.  More on the 26/11 memorials, Times of India.

A new report says that the Catholic Church in Ireland covered up child abuse by priests.  The government-produced report looked at allegations against 46 priests from 1975-2004, Associated Press.

The website Wikileaks has posted half a million text messages that it says are from September 11th, 2001, CNN.

The U.N. has called for more effort to eliminate violence against women, Xinhua.

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Fighting On Yemen/Saudi Borders Continues

Fighting continues on the border Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the fifth straight day. Shia Houthis in Yemen have been fighting the Yemen military for their own government since August. The fighting has recently expanded to include Saudi border areas and the Saudi military, Al Jazeera.

Jason Rodriguez, a former employee of Reynolds Smith & Hills in Orlando, Florida, entered the business yesterday and shot 6, killing 1 and wounding 5. He was arrested at his home. Rodriguez was fired from the engineering firm two years ago and recently filed for bankruptcy, CNN.

The U.S. Labor Department announced that the jobless rate for Americans is over 10%, a 26-year high, ABC News.

A British tourist was killed when a man walked into a bar in Amarillo, Texas and opened fire. The shooter, whose motives are unknown, is in custody, BBC News.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 and injured 38 when he opened fire in a Soldier Readiness Center at the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas, was sent to Fort Hood for a “fresh start” after having a difficult time at Walter Reed. Questions about whether the military missed warning signs that Hasan was unstable, USA Today. A FBI team has been dispatched to Fort Hood to reenact the shooting in an effort to understand how events unfolded, USA Today.  More on the victims of the Fort Hood shooting, New York  Times. Reflections on the Fort Hood tragedy by a veteran of Vietnam, New York Times.

A NATO airstrike yesterday mistakenly killed Afghan police and civilians. The strike occurred during a search for two 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers who are missing, Washington Post.


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Wedding Party Struck by Roadside Bomb in Afghanistan

At least 26 people, 21 members of a wedding party and 5 police, have died in two roadside bombings in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, Los Angeles Times.

Pakistan has issued a global alert for 13 people it believes are associated with the 2008 Mumbai hotel bombings, CNN.

Three people convicted of involvement in the 2003 Mumbai bombings have been sentenced to death by hanging, IBN. There are over 300 people on death row in India, IBN.

Striking workers at an auto factory in South Korea have ended their occupation of the factory. Union leaders and company representatives were able to come to an agreement about the structure of a plan for lay-offs at the factory. About 1,000 workers occupied the painting facility at Ssangyong Motor Co. for 77 days, Yonhap.

A U.S./Columbia plan to allow the U.S. access to Columbia military bases is meeting more resistance from neighbors in South America than was anticipated. Columbia’s president is touring the region to assure other world leaders that the U.S. presence will be minimal. The plan calls for the U.S. to take over 3 airfields, 2 army facilities, and 2 naval bases, BBC News.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed by the Senate today. Nine Republican senators have announced they will vote for her. With the votes of the Democratic majority, Sotomayor is expected to be easily confirmed, Voice of America. Watch the Senate debate starting at 10am EDT. The vote is scheduled at around 3pm EDT, CSPAN.

The first atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan 64 years ago today. 70,000 people died instantly. See the Big Picture for photographs of the before and after.

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UN Report, Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Up

The UN has issued a new report saying that civilians deaths have increased in Afghanistan for the third straight year in a row. The Taliban has moved operations to residential areas and has increased use of suicide bombings and roadside bombs, Associated Press.

Muslim Shiite worshippers leaving mosques were targeted by bombers in Baghdad today. At least 27 are dead, AFP.

Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of a militant Muslim sect in Nigeria, has been killed. Reporters are the ground say Yusuf was killed while in police custody while Nigerian police say Yusuf was shot during a shootout while he was trying to escape. The group Human Rights Watch says the killing is outside of the law, Al Jazeera.

The verdict in the Aung San Suu Kyi trial, which was supposed to be handed down today, has been delayed until August 11. The Burmese democracy activist Suu Kyi was taken into custody in April for violating the terms of her house arrest in a bizarre episode in which an American man swam across a lake to her house uninvited and claimed that medical concerns prevented him from leaving. It is thought that the government in Myanmar will keep Suu Kyi in custody until after next year’s elections, Bloomberg.

A British man has lost his legal bid to avoid extradition to the US for trial for hacking into government computers shortly after September 11th. Gary McKinnon claims he was looking for classified documents about UFOs when he hacked into Navy, Pentagon, and NASA computers. Because of concerns about his mental health (McKinnon suffers from Asberger’s syndrome), his lawyers had argued he should be tried in Britain, Guardian.

General Scott Gration, US special envoy for Sudan, has recommended easing sanctions against Sudan. He says Sudan is not a state sponsor of terrorism, New York Times.

Members of the Blue Dogs Democrats, a conservative-leaning group that has been slowing President Obama’s health care overhaul, have received an increase in donations from the health care and insurance industries, Washington Post.

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Italian Red Cross Hostage Freed After Six Months

59 civilians were killed in Iraq this week. A U.S. soldier shot and killed a civilian driver yesterday after the driver did not stop when he was signaled to. In a separate incident, a driver was killed in a head-on collision with an U.S. Army Stryker vehicle, CNN.

An Italian Red Cross worker that was held hostage for six months in the Philippines has been released. Eugenio Vagni, 62, was being held by Muslim rebels who called for an end of military operations in the area and a withdrawal of troops. A ransom was requested in exchange for Vagni, but officials say no ransom was paid, BBC News.

Gunmen have killed five federal agents and two soldiers in Mexico in retribution for the arrest of a prominent member of the La Familia drug cartel. The gunmen threw grenades and shot at police stations in the town of Morelia and in five other cities, New York Times.

Thousands of Bosnia Muslims remembered today the events the took place in Srebrenica in 1995, when what is believed to be 8,000 men and boys were killed by Serb forces. The killings were “Europe’s worst massacre since World War II,” Sky News.

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Violence Continues to Erupt in Mogadishu

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.

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Three U.S. Soldiers Charged With Killing Spaniard

A New Mexico mom has been charged with the death of her son, 3-year-old Tyruss “Ty” Toribio, who was found buried in the sand in a playground. Officers say the little boy was suffocated while on a climbing gym. Tiffany Toribio, 23, told police she was homeless and suffocated her son because “she did not want him to grow up with no one caring about him the same way that she had grown up with no one caring about her,” AP.

Unfortunately, a similar case has happened this week in Canada. Tori Stafford, 8, is presumed to have been killed by Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, and Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 28, of Woodstock. They are charged with her murder, although her body has not yet been found. Local schools in the area had sent home notes with children telling parents to be on the lookout for a suspicious dark-colored vehicle after two previous attempted abductions, CBC.

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has been elected to a second term in office in the African country. His term will last five years, but international officials observers say the President had an unfair advantage during elections, partially due to a partisan media. His opponent, John Tembo, says voting fraud occurred in the country, BBC America.

Three U.S. soldiers have been charged in Spain of killing a Spanish TV cameraman in Baghdad. Jose Couso died in 2003 after a U.S. tank bombarded a hotel in the city. The soldiers had been charged with the crime last year, but a judge threw out the case, citing lack of evidence. Now there appears to be enough to prosecute, Sky News.

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