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Three Found After Being Swept Into Atlantic

Three people who were missing after being swept into the Atlantic Ocean have been found. Thousands of spectators were at Maine’s Acadia National Park watching the waves generated by Hurricane Bill when several people were knocked into the water. Two people were rescued, and the other three were missing (a man, a woman and a 7-year-old girl), but found later. Authorities say the girl was unresponsive at the scene, AP.

Several people are dead in Mogadishu, Somalia as violence continues on in the war-torn capital city. 10 Islamic fighters are reportedly dead, but the government says official numbers are not known because the fighters took some bodies with them as they fled. 20 people were killed in the city on Friday, BBC News.

The wildfires in Athens, Greece spread today, worsening due to gusting winds. Thousands have been forced to flee and many homes have been destroyed, New York Times.

President Hamid Karzai has been accused of rigging last Thursday’s presidential election in Afghanistan and hundreds of complaints are filing in around the country. Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s main rival, says he will challange the election results legally. The Times says they have found “further discrepancies yesterday in figures being reported from Helmand province,” Times Online.

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Afghanistan Calls for Media Blackout on Thursday

The Afghan government is calling for all media outlets, foreign and domestic, to not report any violence that occurs on election day because it will scare off voters. Voting takes place on Thursday, BBC News.

Hurricane Bill has strengthened into a category 3 storm, with maximum winds at 125 mph. The hurricane is not expected to threaten the U.S. and while Bermuda will not be hit directly by the storm, it is expected to get hit with strong waves and winds, CNN.

A librarian at the University of Georgia and her husband, a retired German professor, were killed by a wild pack of dogs on Friday night. Sherry Schweder, 65, was looking for one of her own dogs when she was attacked by what is believed to be up to 16 dogs. Her husband, Lothar Schweder, was mauled by the dogs when he went to search for her. There have been 20 deadly dog attacks this year, AP.

Australia has signed a $41bn energy agreement with China. In the agreement, Australia will provide natural gas to the Chinese energy giant PetroChina, immensely helping Australia’s ailing economy, AFP.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 29 species may now need federal protection, including 20 plants and six species of snails, AP.

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