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Human Rights Abuses Reported at Yesterday’s Guinea Rally

The death toll in Guinea after protesters were shot by government forces, reported last night, has reached 128. Human rights organizations have also received reports of bayonetings and of women being stripped and raped in the streets. Over 50,000 people were protesting yesterday after rumors began circulating that Junta head Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who seized power in December 2008, was intending to run for president, BBC News.

Many towns in the Philippines are still under water and the death toll from Tropical Storm Ketsana has risen to 246. 100,000 people alone in the Manila area have been displaced and the city has been declared a “state of calamity.” The storm has now reached Vietnam, where it has claimed the lives of 23 people, New York Times.

Unfortunately, the Philippines is also bracing for more bad weather. A new storm is expected to near the country on Thursday and then make landfall later in the week on the island of Luzon, much in the same way as Ketsana, Reuters.

The White House has cleared 75 Guantanamo detainees for release. Most of those on the list were captured after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Reuters.

A roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan has killed 30 people and injured another 39. The bomb struck a bus carrying Afghan civilians, and the bombing shows that civilian deaths are rising in the country. Nine women and seven children were among the dead, AP.

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Key Guantanamo Report Delayed

A key report on the closing of the Guantanamo prison has been delayed. A Justice Department-led task force was charged with figuring out how the detainees remaining in Guantamo prison will be tried, charged, or released, but the group is not ready with that information. The Obama administration says they are still committed to closing the prison by the deadline of January 2010, Voice of America.

Two cities in eastern Afghanistan were hit by suicide bombers and armed gunmen yesterday. Militants in Gardez attacked the governor’s compound as well as a police station and an intelligence directorate. In Jalalabad, militants attacked an air force base. Attacks are expected to increase in anticipation of the upcoming August 20 elections, BBC News.

The US military is targeting poppy seeds in Afghanistan in hopes of reducing the country’s drug crops. 300 tons of poppy seeds in a field in Helmand province were destroyed by bombs yesterday. Poppies are used to make heroin and opium and the profits often are used to fund the Taliban. Aid agencies are trying to encourage Afghan farmers to grow wheat instead, CNN.

Japanese Prime Minister, Taro Aso, has dissolved the lower house of Japan’s Parliament and has scheduled new elections to be held on August 30. Polls show that Aso and his party are expected to lose, Japan Times.

Politicians in California have come to an agreement over the state’s budget. Democratic legistalors agreed to $15.5 billion in program cuts to make up part of the $26.3 billion budget shortfall, but Republicans have steadfastly refused to consider raising taxes on individuals or corporations. The state will also borrow money from local governments and the corrections and education systems will face cuts, Mercury News.

Sky watchers in Asia will get a chance to witness a solar eclipse tomorrow, July 22. In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, Space.com. Maps of the zone of visibility. China’s coverage of the eclipse, Xinhua.

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