American Amanda Knox, 22, has been found guilty for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher by an Italian jury. The case has garnered worldwide attention, in part due to Knox’s optimism that she would be acquitted of all charges. Her former boyfriend was also found guilty and Knox has been sentenced to 26 years in prison, CNN.
A fire at a Russian club has killed over 100 people. The fire occurred in the city of Perm and is believed to have by caused by fireworks, which were set off inside the club, BBC News.
Two Rwandan peacekeepers have been killed in Darfur by Sudan rebels. The peacekeepers were a part of the group Unamid, which have seen 19 of their workers killed in the area in the last two years, BBC News.
The opening matches and groups were set for the 2010 World Cup earlier today. Group G is largely considered the “Group of Death,” with Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast all in the group. The U.S. and England will play a heavily anticipated match on June 12, CDB.
A car bomb exploded earlier today outside NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. 7 people have died and 90 are injured. Violence is increasing ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election on August 20, Voice of America.
Britain has suspended the government of Turks and Caicos Islands due to systematic corruption. The governor of Turks and Caicos Islands, who is directly appointed by Queen Elizabeth, usually only acts on the advice of cabinet, but will now take over decision-making, CNN International.
U.S. Senator Jim Webb, who is on a tour of Southeast Asia, met with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for about 45 minutes today. Webb’s office later released a statement saying American John Yettaw, who sparked the current legal problems for Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited her uninvited at her home, will be released rather than serve a sentence of seven years, Reuters.
A fire at a wedding in Kuwait has killed 41 women and injured 76 more. The wedding spread through a tent that the women were inside of, CNN.
Wealthy Americas are scrambling to report offshore bank accounts after a U.S. deal with Swiss banks to turn over the names of 52,000 Americans with up to $15 billion hidden in secret accounts, AP.
In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama discussed media distortion of the healthcare debate and emphasized that constructive conversations are happening at town hall meetings around the country, transcript.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, last year’s Republican vice-presidential candidate, announced her resignation today and says she will not run for governor in 2010. Palin will hand over power on July 26th to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. She has not commented on whether she will run for either the Senate in 2010 or for the presidency in 2012, CNN.
Three children and three adults have been killed in a fire in south London at an apartment complex. The children killed were a three-week-old baby, a six-year-old, and a seven-year-old. Another 12 people were injured. The blaze is now under control, Sky News.
American Andy Roddick beat home country favorite Andy Murray today to advance to the Wimbledon finals. Earlier, Roger Federer cruised to victory over Tommy Hass. Roddick and Federer will play in the championship game on Sunday, with Federer going for his record 15th Grand Slam title, ESPN.
Russia has opened an air route to the U.S. to allow the country to fly arms and troops into Afghanistan. The agreement comes just as the U.S. has begun their biggest push into the country since 2001. It also signifies the growing ties between the U.S. and Russia, which have been considerably strained as of late, New York Times.
A former U.S. State Department employee and his wife were arrested yesterday and charged with spying for Cuba for almost 30 years. Walter Kendall Myers, 72, and Gwendolyn Myers, 71, are alleged to have been Cuban agents, reportedly providing classified information to the Cuban government, CNN.
United Kingdom Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, insists he will not step down amid a global economic crisis, many high-level resignations, and a massive cabinet reshuffling. The reshuffle was said to have been an attempt to give Brown more support in the government, BBC News.
A 23-year-old rancher has won the $232.1M jackpot in the U.S. Neal Wanless of Pierre, S.D., says he will use the money to expand his family’s ranch and to help out the townspeople who helped his family. Wanless decided to choose the one-time cash prize of $118,005,530, and he will take home about $88 after taxes, USA Today.
A fire at a daycare center in northern Mexico has reportedly killed at least 27 children and injured over 50. The center was located in Hermosillo in the state of Sonora. At least 176 children were at the center when the fire broke out, and officials say the death toll will likely rise, AFP.
For the first time in decades, Americans will be able to make unlimited trips to Cuba and the 1.5 million Americans with family in the communist country will be allowed to send money back to their families. The Obama administration announced the new policies today to try to eliminate some of the dependence of Cubans on the Castro regime, MSNBC.
Two people have been killed in Thai protests. Anti-government protests have been occurring for days now and violence between protesters and police is worsening. Today, protesters set cars on fire, a government building was torched, and Molotov cocktails have been used, Sky News. In pictures: Thai crackdown, BBC News.
A fire in a Polish hostel for homeless people has killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more. Despite the fast response from fire trucks, witnesses say the fire took over the three-story building rapidly. The hostel housed people who were waiting for housing by the government, and some victims were there to visit family, BBC News.
In good economic news for a change, Goldman Sachs has posted a $1.8 profit for the first quarter of 2009. The company has received $10 billion from the government and vows to pay them back, with the profit being a good step in fulfilling that promise, Wa Po.