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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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Pope Visits Bethlehem; Repeats Call for Palestinian State

Pope Benedict XVI is in the West Bank today to visit Bethlehem. The West Bank is an area that borders the Jordan river and has been under Israeli military command since 1967. The  Pope had to crossed through an Israeli checkpoint to get to Bethlehem from . He met with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and who repeated his call for a separate Palestinian state telling the crowd “I know how much you have suffered.” The Pope will also visit a Palestinian refugee camp, AFP.

Tamil protesters seeking international action on the violence in Sri Lanka announced they will form a human chain through Toronto streets, National Post. On Sunday they blocked an expressway overpass. In April, we covered a peaceful Tamil protest at Canada’s parliament in Ottawa, Citizen’s Daily Brief.

In a coordinated effort, 12 suicide bombers struck government buildings in the town of Khowst in eastern Afghanistan, Los Angeles Times. Taliban militants raided a NATO supply depot and set fire to 10 NATO supply terminals in northwestern Pakistan, United Press International. A BBC News survey found that only 38% of northwestern Pakistan, the area along the Afghanistan border, is controlled by Pakistan’s government. The Taliban either controls completely or has a large presence in the rest of the region.

Today marks the last day of voting in the Indian elections which started five weeks ago. Because the country is so massive, it was divided into five regions with a different region voting each week. The results are expected on Saturday. India has two major national parties, the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but because local and regional parties have been gaining strength in India, it is unlikely either national party will receive an outright majority. As an American, it is difficult to grasp the procedure fully, but is likely to happen is the major parties will try to get the local and regional parties over align with them and the party that gets a majority to side with them will then form the government and get to pick the Prime Minister who is formally appointed by India’s president, Associated Press.

Somalia is suffering from the worst drought in a decade, Reuters.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned the Southeast Asia Coral Triangle, which includes 30% of the world’s coral reefs, could disappear by the end of the century, CNN International. The report was presented at the World Ocean Conference currently taking place in Manado, Indonesia.

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