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Rebels in Sudan sign ceasefire

In a power-sharing deal with current President Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese rebels known as the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem) signed a ceasefire agreement. Jem already controls much of Sudan’s capital city of Darfur, BBC News. Sudan has freed 57 rebels as part of the agreement, Reuters.

Ten of thousands are on strike in Greece over budget-cutting measures by the Greek government, Wall St. Journal.

A court in Italy has ruled that a video posted on Google Video violated privacy. Google has met with resistance in European markets, New York Times.

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Port-au-Prince airport reopens; relief efforts continue in Haiti

Victims of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti slept outdoors for a second night. Relief teams have arrived on the island. The airport at Port-au-Prince is back in working condition and planes are able to takeoff and land. The U.S. has sent military units to aid with the relief efforts as well as a search and rescue team from Fairfax, Virginia, Wall Street Journal. More on the logistical hurdles facing relief workers, Los Angeles Times. Aftermath of the earthquake in pictures, BBC News.  More background on the tragic history in Haiti, BBC News.

Google announced on Tuesday that the company is willing to pull out of China if the country does not relax its censorship laws. Google says that Chinese human rights advocates using the Gmail service have had their accounts attacked. Chinese officials responded by saying that companies doing business in China must follow Chinese laws, even if they include censorship, New York Times.

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Lack of Access to Contraceptives Major Killer of Women Worldwide

In a new report, the World Health Organization says that AIDS is the leading cause of death and disease in women aged 15 to 44 worldwide. Throughout the world, one in five deaths among women in this age group is linked to unprotected sex and lack of access to contraceptives, NPR. WHO press release on the report. Factsheet on women’s health, WHO. WHO report: Women and Health (pdf).

“Women generally live longer than men, but their lives are not necessarily healthy or happy,” Margaret Chan, the head of the United Nations health agency, said at the WHO on Monday.

25 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack at a market in Charsadda, Pakistan near the Afghan border today, Los Angeles Times.

The D.C. sniper, John Allen Muhammad, will be executed by lethal injection tonight unless Virginia Governor Tim Kaine intervenes. Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002, Washington Post.

A memorial service will be held this afternoon at Fort Hood to honor the 13 killed and 30 wounded in last Thursday’s shooting by Army psychologist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan,  USA Today.

Google will be offering free wi-fi to travelers in 47 U.S. airports until January 15, 2010, Daily Tech.

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Sri Lankan President Says Fighting to End Within 48 Hours

Sri Lanka says the military crackdown on the Tamil Tiger rebels should end in 48 hours. The Sri Lankan army has pushed the rebels, along with Tamil civilians, into a 1.5 square mile area in northern Sri Lanka along the coast. Conditions are very poor there and the only semi-legitimate reports come from doctors who have been treating the civilian victims. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the army is expected to break through and eliminate the rebels in the next two days. The Red Cross has suspended relief efforts in the area because it is so dangerous. A Red Cross worker was killed two days ago, CNN.

The White House is expected to announce today that it will restart military tribunals for some of the detainees held captive in the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The administration says the detainees will have access to their lawyers in order to prepare a defense and that the trials will be more in keeping with U.S. due process laws than they were under the Bush administration but critics fear that secret evidence, which will not be available to either the detainees or their lawyers, will be used in the military tribunals, Christian Science Monitor.

Pakistan lifted a curfew in the Swat Valley to encourage civilians to flee the area. The Pakistani military, which is heavily engaged in conflict with Taliban rebels in the northwestern region of Pakistan, are hoping to minimize civilian casualties as fighting intensifies, Voice of America.

Europe’s recession may be reaching its low point. Growth dropped in many countries in Europe, Reuters.

Google issues apology for yesterday’s slow service, BBC News. Website to bookmark: Is it down for everyone or just me?


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NATO Summit, Protests Continue

NATO summit in full swing in Strasbourg, France. The primary focus of the summit is the conflict in Afghanistan. Russia’s relationship with the western world will also be discussed, Los Angeles Times. A new Secretary-General of the organization is expected to be elected, Associated Press has the list of top candidates. This year marks the 60th anniversary of NATO. Newest members Albania and Croatia were also officially welcomed at the summit, BBC News. Police in France are still holding 100 of the 300 protesters arrested yesterday. The German portion of the summit, in Baden-Baden and Kehl, is also marked by protest, though smaller than the protests in France, BBC News.

Google rumored to be in talks to buy Twitter. Twitter saw phenomenal growth last year but has yet to find a way to monetized its popularity, TechCrunch.

U.S. jobless rate up to 8.5%. 663,000 Americans lost their jobs in March, Bloomberg.

Congress approves similar budgets in the House and Senate. The two versions will be reconciled after a two week recess. No Republicans voted for the budget, which totals about $3.5 trillion, in either body, but Democrats still retained enough votes for the measures to pass, MSNBC.

Abousfian Abdelrazik, a dual Canadian and Sudanese citizen, who was picked up by the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CISS) while visiting his sick mother in Sudan in 2003, continues to be held in limbo at the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum in Sudan. In detention, where he was interrogated and tortured by Canadian, American, and Sudanese agents, Mr. Abdelrazik’s Canadian passport expired. Though he has never been charged with any crime, the Harper government refuses to issue Mr. Abdelrazik a new passport, despite a claim in December 2008 that he would be allowed back into the country if someone would buy him a plane ticket home, Globe and Mail.

Han Wushan, a migrant worker from the Sichuan Province in China, blew himself up and injured two others with explosives at an office building in Urumqi in the western province of Xinjiang. Mr. Han believed he was owed waged for his work in Xinjiang for a road and bridge construction company in 2007, Telegraph.

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