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Study Says 70,000 Die Yearly from Unsafe Abortions

A new survey from the Guttmacher Institute estimates that 70,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions and millions more are injured. The study found that official laws or regulations prohibiting abortion does not stop the practice from occurring but rather that it only makes the procedure more dangerous and unsafe. The abortion rate is the lowest in the Netherlands (10 in 1000) where most young people report they use two forms of contraception, BBC News.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced today that he will send an additional 500 troops to Afghanistan, in addition to the 9,000 British troops already fighting there, Guardian.

The government of Iraq has released new figures on the number of deaths in the country since the U.S. invasion in 2004. The human rights ministry of Iraq says that at least 85,000 have been killed by bombs, murders, and fighting. The number is based on death certificates issued by the health ministry through 2008, Al Jazeera.

Human rights groups are calling on Israel to release 335 Palestinians being held without a trial. International law allows for detentions without charge or trial only in extraordinary circumstances in which the security of the state is at risk, CNN.

Residents of coastal Indonesia took part in a tsunami drill earlier today. The UN-backed initiative tested warning systems and helped residents learn what to do in the event of a tsunami warning. On December 26, 2004 the region suffered one of the greatest natural disasters in recent history when a massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed 230,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and India, Reuters.

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UN Says Food Production Must Rise 70 Percent by 2050

The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization has predicted that global food production must increase by 70 percent in the next 40 years or 370 million people could be facing famine. By 2050, the world’s population is suppose to rise from 6.7 billion to 9.1 billion, BBC News.

West Africa’s economic group, Ecowas, says Guinea is in danger of becoming a dictatorship. The country’s junta has been using “arbitrary and irresponsible” practices to enforce their power since taking over the county last year. Two weeks ago, dozens were killed when police opened fire on crowds attending a rally, BBC News.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has repaid almost $20,000 in parliamentary expenses. Brown is the highest level politician to be involved with the expense-account scandal that erupted this summer, Guardian UK.

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bin Laden Son Reportedly Killed in Drone Attack

Saad bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, was killed by a US drone attack in Pakistan earlier this year, according to military sources, NPR.

President Obama answered questions about his health care priorities during a press conference last night. 47 million Americans are without health insurance, Associated Press. The one off topic question during teh press conference was about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. President Obama said the police acted “stupidly” for arresting Gates while in his own home, Washington Post.

Ford posted a $2.3 billion profit for the second quarter. Last year at the same time Ford posted a $8.7 billion loss, Wall Street Journal.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under fire for criticism that the country has not provided enough helicopters for its soldiers in Afghanistan. 188 UK soldiers have died in the conflict, BBC News.

The trial of Ajmal Amir Kasab for last November’s Mumbai terror attacks will continue despite his plea of guilty and his appeal to the court that he “is ready to be hanged,” IBN.

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Husband and Wife Accused of Being Cuban Spies

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.

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Britain’s Cabinet Reshuffles as Ministers Quit

Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown shuffles cabinet after Defence Minister quits. Four cabinet ministers have quit recently with some calling for Brown to step down before the next parliamentary elections so that his party, Labour, will have a better shot at retaining power, BBC News.

At least 30 are dead in a suicide blast at a mosque in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. As the Pakistan military has been coming down hard on Taliban militants in the Swat Valley, bombing have increased sharply, CNN. On May 27, a car bomb in Lahore killed 30, CDB.

Voting in the European parliamentary elections continues in Europe. In the Netherlands, Dutch far right candidates had a strong showing- coming in second behind Christian Democrats. Results are not supposed to be announced until all countries are finished voting. The UK also voted yesterday. Ireland and the Czech Republic are voting today, BBC News. Official European Parliament election site.

Following his tour of the Middle East, US President Barack Obama is visiting the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. Obama’s great-uncle was a soldier in World War II whose division helped liberate the camp. Obama is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will also participate in 65th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy, France tomorrow, CNN. Audio of Obama’s remarks, Whitehouse.gov.

Chinese diplomats met with US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg in Beijing yesterday to discuss the growing threat of North Korea, Xinhua. The South Korea news service, Yonhap, that North and South Korean officials will meet to discuss the fate of an industrial worker who has been detained by North Korea, Yonhap News. The Kaesŏng Industrial Region is a special industrial zone in North Korea where 15 South Korean companies use North Korea’s cheap labor. The man who was detained is accused of slandering north korea’s political system.

Air France Flight 447 Update: Debris found  in ocean is not from the flight, USA Today.

A new study found that 62% of bankruptcies in the US are caused by astronomical medical bills. Of those, 78% had medical insurance at the time the costs were incurred. The study will lend fuel to President Obama’s fight for health care reform, USA Today.

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