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Obama to meet Dalai Lama despite Chinese objections

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today despite Chinese concerns. China views the Dalai Lama as a threat because he calls for autonomy for Tibet, CNN.  More on the relationship between the West and the Dalai Lama, BBC News.

8 of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti after attempting to leave the country with children they claimed to be orphans have been released. The children in fact were not orphans- their parents had been told the children were being taken to the Dominican Republic, Washington Post.

More fallout from the Israel planned assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, Al Jazeera. Stolen UK passports were used by the assassins to enter Dubai, BBC News.

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Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of Start of WWII

70 years ago today Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. Remembrances are being held throughout Poland today. Polish officials have called for Russia to acknowledge its role in the start of World War II which includes signing a non-aggression pact with Germany. Poland has also asked for an apology for the Katyn massacre in which the entire Polish officer corps was killed. After the war, it came to light that Stalin had ordered the massacre, Reuters.  Archive of memories of the war, BBC.

The Dalai Lama is in Taiwan for five days of mass prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot. He says his visit is not political but China has cancelled planned visits of Chinese officials to Taiwan, CNN. Slideshow of the typhoon’s destruction, CNN.

Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth, a group of 53 former British colonies and possessions, for refusing to call elections next year. Fiji is ruled by a military dictatorship who seized power in 2006, BBC News.  An investigation of the relationship between the bottlers of Fiji water and Fiji’s ruling dictators, Mother Jones.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Moammar Gadhafi to power in Libya, Voice of America.

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Iran Dismisses Charge of Foreign Agent Involvement in Protests

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, now says that he does not think foreign agents played any role in fomenting the protests that followed the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, Guardian.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrapped up his 4-day European tour today with a visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where he asked for help in pressuring Iran to end its nuclear program, Reuters.

Over the objections of China, the Dalai Lama has been issued a visa to go to Taiwan to comfort victims of the recent typhoon. The Buddhist leader had been denied entry to the country last year, BBC News.

Amnesty International is calling for a panel to investigate the violence in East Timor by the Indonesian troops and militia that killed up to 100,000 people a decade ago, Jakarta Post.

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Sen. Edward Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, Associated Press.

A 17-year-old, Mike Perham, from England has circumnavigated the globe solo becoming the youngest person to do so. In the Netherlands, a 13-year-old girl, Laura Dekker, is bidding to smash the new record but is engaged in a court battle with welfare services as to whether she is allowed to sail by herself and miss two years of school, CNN.

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Shows of Protest for the Economy and the Earth

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in London today in protest of the upcoming G20 summit. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged protesters to give the governments a chance to work on fixing the economic situation, BBC News.

Electronic spies have infiltrated the offices of several governments and private offices, according to Canadian researchers. They have concluded that the spies are almost exclusively in China, but cannot confirm or deny whether the Chinese government is involved. The Dalai Lama, who has been denounced by China, has had his office infiltrated, NY Times.

Israeli soldiers have confirmed in testimony the Palestinian and NGO claims that Palestinians were needlessly killed during the conflict at the beginning of the year. The Israeli government has denied in the past that civilians were targeted and claimed the death toll was exaggerated, NPR.

And the #1 World News Story: The World Goes Dark for Earth Hour. | Our Live Post.

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U.S. Government to Buy Toxic Bonds

The Dalai Lama was refused a visa to enter South Africa. He had planned to attend an international peace conference in Johannesburg, which was meeting to highlight South Africa’s advances on human rights issues in advance of South Africa hosting the World Cup in 2010.  A South African official said that the attendance of the Dalai Lama would shift world focus away from the World Cup and onto the problems of Tibet and China. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President F. W. deKirk have said they will boycott the event if South Africa does not relent, CNN.

Mexico has offered informants 30 million pesos ($2 million USD) for information lending to the arrest of any of the 24 leaders of drug cartels. Mexico has seen drug-related violence skyrocket in response to tougher drug enforcement strategies under current President Felipe Calderón, BBC News.

The stock market soared today after Treasury Secretary Geithner met with Congress to discuss his new economic plan. The increase was the highest one day jump since November, with almost 500 points added to the Dow, CNN.

And the #1 World News Story: U.S. federal government announces plan to buy troubled (popularly known as “toxic”). Washington plans to inject up to $1 trillion into the economy by buying non-performing loans and securities, including the now essentially worthless mortgage-backed securities that started the financial crisis.  The Obama administration hopes to create a market that will bring value back to the assets, CBC News.

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