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Uganada Moves to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

The president of Uganda wants to ban female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision). Yoweri Museveni’s proposal would ban the practice totally and could impose the death penalty if a girl dies as a result of the procedure, CNN.

Talks in Costa Rica mediating the crisis in Honduras have ended without resolution. Exiled president Manuel Zelaya and interim leader Roberto Micheletti did not meet face to face but only spoke through Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, BBC News.

Residents of Bundanoon, a small town in Australia, voted to ban the sale of bottled water. A company had planned to build a water-extraction plant to be used to supply the water for bottled water in the town. Bottled water is largely unregulated and in many cases is simply tap water or untreated water from underground reserves, Reuters.

GM exited bankruptcy after only 40 days. The company was allowed to reform after selling most of its assets. The new company is owned by the US government (60.8%), the Canadian government (11.7%), and the UAW retiree health trust (17.5%), Washington Post.

Bad weather threatens today’s scheduled space shuttle launch. This will be the third time the launch has been put off, CNET.

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China Sends 1000s of Troops to Urumqi to Quell Unrest

Thousands of paramilitary police troops have been sent to the capital city of Urumqi in Xinjiang province in China in an effort to stop the violence that has erupted between ethnic Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs. 156 people died in riots on Sunday. In addition to the huge show of force, China has also imposed a curfew in the city. President Hu Jintao left the G8 summit early yesterday to deal with the situation from Beijing, Associated Press.

You can read about the riots, which the Chinese government blames solely on the Uigurs, from the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua. For the Uighur perspective, see World Uyghur Congress, the Uyghur Human Rights Project, and, for excellent video, Uighur News.

The G8 (Group of 8: US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia) summit is underway in L’Aquila, Italy. L’Aquila, the site of devastating earthquakes last April that killed 300 people and left 45,000 homeless, was chosen as the venue as a show of support and a promise of rebuilding. Topics will include the current economic crisis, the environment, and the situation in Iran, CNN.

Researchers in England say they have made human sperm out of stem cells. BBC News has a video tour of the Newcastle lab with an explanation of how the process works.

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Costa Rica will play host to talks to end the current coup/political crisis in Honduras starting on Thursday, AFP.

Results from this week’s elections in Indonesia are expected on July 25th. Exit polling indicates that President Yudhoyono should handily win reelection. Yudhoyono’s goals include continuing economic growth and stamping out corruption. Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world after India and the US. It is comprised of 17,000 islands and is a Muslim majority country.  In a huge electoral operation, more than 176 million people were eligible to vote at 450,000 polling stations. Voting is said to have gone smoothly, Reuters.

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