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Protesters Shot in Guinea

58 people are dead after security forces fired on protesters in the African nation of Guinea today. They were protesting the current military government (which took power last December) and the expected announcement that the military leader currently in charge, Moussa Dadis Camara, will run in national elections in January 2010. Leaders of the opposition were also arrested at the rally, Al Jazeera.

China is preparing a massive celebration for October 1, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo gallery of the preparations, CNN. A CNN reporter, Emily Chang, was granted permission to interview members of  the Communist Youth League in advance of the anniversary, CNN International. Tour of Mao’s hometown, CNN Asia.

The Oxfam international aid agency has issued an emergency call for aid to Ethiopia and other East African countries. The area is experiencing the worst drought in 10 years, BBC News.

A new study says that most corporations aren’t paying taxes in the United States:

The Government Accountability Office said 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2000.

Senators Byron Dorgan and Carl Levin requested the study so that the U.S. government can work to plug holes in the tax code, Reuters. The process companies use to avoid paying taxes is illustrated in the 2007 film Michael Clayton, IMDB.

The publication date of the memoirs of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been moved up from next spring to November 17 of this year. The book will be called “Going Rogue,” Associated Press.

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Settlement Reached in Ivory Coast Toxic Dumping Scandal

Trafigura, an oil trading firm, will pay $45 million in compensation to people who were made sick by toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast in 2006. The company has already paid $200 million to the government and now 30,000 people will also receive $1,546 each, BBC News. In the agreed joint final statement [PDF] the company did not admit that it was to blame for making citizens sick. BBC Newsnight has uncovered company emails describing the dangers of the waste and the company’s effort to dispose of it cheaply, BBC News. Copies of the e-mails [PDF]. News report of the incident from 2006, NPR:

“It was difficult to breathe, difficult to sleep, difficult to eat and to drink,” Djeketou says through a translator. “You felt like vomiting the whole time, and it burned your nostrils. This nauseating stench seeped through the whole village. It was unbearable. So many people have moved away to get away from the smell.”

Three men have been arrested for making false statements to police in a terror investigation that has been going on in the New York City area for the past week. The FBI allege that their informant, Ahmad Afzali, leader of a Queens mosque, tipped off suspects of the investigation, ABC News.

Sources report that President Obama has asked New York Governor David Paterson not to run for reelection in 2010 because it is unlikely he has enough Democratic support to win the election. Paterson became governor after former governor Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign after a scandal, New York Times.

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