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African Nations Take Stand on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The total number of bodies found in the home of a Cleveland man has risen to at least 10. Anthony Sowell, a convicted rapist, was arrested this weekend for rape after the bodies were found in his home and was charged today with murder, Reuters.

Fifty-five African nations have taken a stand during UN climate talks by declining to go forth with discussion unless the wealthiest nations agree to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. itself has pledged before to cut their emissions by 4% on 1990 levels, but the developing countries want a 40% cut from the developed nations. If the Africans walk out, next month’s talks in Copenhagen will be rendered useless, Guardian UK.

Three missing North Dakota softball players have been found dead. The Dickinson State students had been missing since Sunday, and today their vehicle was found in a pond. Foul play is not suspected, ABC News.

The Czech Republic has signed the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will create a European Council president and change the way member states vote. With the Czech vote, the treaty is expected to be ratified in a few weeks, BBC News.

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Ireland Votes in Favor of Lisbon Treaty

In a second referendum vote, Ireland has voted in favor of the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to reform the workings of the European Union. A first referendum was held in June 2008 and only 10 out of 43 parliamentary constituencies were in favor of the treaty. In contrast, this time 41 constituencies voted in favor. Ireland was the only EU nation to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Guardian UK. The Telegraph has posted a Q&A of the treaty here.

A Hamas official is denying reports that the Palestine National Authority will control the Gaza Strip after an agreement between Hamas and Fatah. A reconciliation deal is expected to be signed later this month in Cairo and some reports say Palestine will hold official elections next year, Xinhau.

Three foreign aid workers held hostage for three months have been released in Somalia. The workers, who work for Action Against Hunger, were kidnapped in Kenya by about 10 Somali gunmen. It is not known if a ransom was paid for their release, but they are all reported to be in good health and safe, BBC News.

Some parts of the U.S. will begin to receive H1N1 vaccines early next week. 600,000 doses of the nasal spray FluMist will be spread across 21 states and more will be sent out later in the week, USA Today.

Hot Topic: From Inside Military, Strong Rebuke Of Ban On Gays.

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Iceland Close to Joining European Union

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing finished today after four days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s vote on Sotomayor may be as soon as next week, but no date has been scheduled as of yet, CQ Politics.

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will set up his headquarters in Honduras and will lead his “final battle” against coup leaders. The aide also has said Zelaya will attempt to return to the country today, but will not tell where the headquarters will be located. Zelaya was ousted last month after introducing a vote that would have allowed the government to write a new constitution, AP.

Iceland’s parliament has narrowly voted to seek entrance to the European Union. The country will also attempt to change their currency to the euro. The grueling debate lasted five days and saw supporters citing the bleak economic climate as the primary reason to join. Dissenters fear the move will harm Iceland’s fishing industry, BBC News.

Hot Topic: On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, NASA has relased a new video showing the historic moon landing.

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Iran to Expel the EU from Nuclear Program Talks

Iran says they will no longer allow the EU to take part in talks about the Iranian nuclear program. Iran blames European countries for helping to cause unrest in the country after the controversial June 12th election results. Numerous EU countries are considering withdrawing their ambassadors from the country, BBC News.

The Organization of American States (OAS) has pledged support for the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. The OAS says they will give coup leaders, who overthrew the president and took control of the government, 72 hours to reinstate Zelaya before they expel the country from the group, NPR.

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has died at the age of 97. Malden was known for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and Gypsy, among others, CNN.

American author J.D. Salinger has won a lawsuit against a Swedish author attempting to publish what Salinger felt was a “The Catcher in the Rye” rip-off, entitled “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.” Salinger, who has stayed almost entirely out of the public eye for the last few decades, was not present at the hearing, Reuters.

Hot Topic: A 12-year-old girl, the only suvivor from the Yemenia plane crash, tells how she survived here.

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17 Bodies Found So Far From Air France Flight 447

Elections for the European Union parliament ended today. Far right parties made gains, including the British National Party, a party that only allows white members, which won one seat in parliament, Times Online. Check out BBC News’ helpful election results here.

A total of 17 bodies have been recovered so far from the Air France Flight 447 crash. The bodies were found about 700 miles off of Brazil’s coast. Authorities say they can still not rule out the possibility that an explosion caused the crash, CNN.

President Omar Bongo of Gabon, 73, has reportedly died after a serving the country since 1967. Bongo was under investigation for corruption charges along with two other African leaders, BBC News. Update: According to BNO, Gabon says reports that President Bongo has died are false.

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PM Tsvangirai Sees More Tragedy

Six gay men have been killed by members of their tribe in Iraq. The shootings occurred in two separate incidents, with that latest being on Thursday. There are reports that a restaurant was also set on fire, CNN.

The two-year-old grandson of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai drowned in a pool, just one month after Tsvangirai’s wife was killed in a car crash. The Prime Minister is a primary opponent of President Robert Mugabe, who is accused of imperialism, among other charges, and is widely criticized by international political bodies. PM Tsvangirai has been arrested many times and tortured by police, has been the target of a credible assassination plot, and won a presidential election in the country last year, which Mugabe insisted he won and retained the seat, Sky News.

President Obama in a visit to the country has said he backs Turkey’s request to be part of the European Union. Obama believes this would signal to Muslims that they were welcome, saying “The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbors and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence, forging a relationship based on mutual respect and mutual interest.” Obama will be in Turkey for the next two days, BBC News.

And the #1 World News Story: No Accord at UN Talks on North Korea.

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