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Mayor Charged in Philippines Massacre

Andal Ampatuan Jr., the mayor of Datu Unsay, a town in Maguindanao province in the Philippines, has been charged in the murders of 57 people who were on their way to file election papers for Ismael Mangudadatu, political rival of Ampatuan’s father who is governor of the province, Voice of America. Some of the suspects who carried out the attacks have turned themselves in and others are being sought by authorities. More than 20 journalists were also killed in the attack. New reports have surfaced that the women who were killed in the massacre were shot in the genitals and may have been raped, New York Times. Ismael Mangudadatu, whose wife was killed in the attack, has since filed the papers for his candidacy, Associated Press.

Financial markets around the world have fallen after news that Dubai World, a government run financial operation in Dubai,  needs to restructure its debt and will not be able to make payments as scheduled, New York Times. Explainer: What is Dubai World?, CNN.

Police in southern Florida are searching for Paul Michael Merhige, the man who allegedly fatally shot four of his family members yesterday,  CNN.

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution condemning Iran’s construction of a secret nuclear facility for uranium enrichment. The resolution was backed by Iranian allies Russia and China. Iran is not thought to currently have the ability to produce a nuclear weapon and says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but most world governments suspect that Iran is seeking nuclear capability, BBC News. Q & A on Iran’s nuclear programs, BBC News.

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Socialist Party Wins in Greece

In today’s elections in Greece, the center-right party of current Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis was defeated by the Socialist party. George Papandreou will be the new Prime Minister, CNN.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il today. The two men attended a North Korean production of the Chinese opera “A Dream of Red Mansions,” Xinhua. If talks during Wen’s three-day visit go well, the United States may send special representative for North Korea policy Stephen Bosworth to the country in an effort to restart six party talks, Yonhap.

Maoist rebels (known as Naxals) have killed 16 people in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Naxal attacks are common in eastern India. Land disputes were likely the cause for this attack, according to a local journalist, Al Jazeera.

An inspection date has been set for the IAEA to inspect Iran’s recently revealed uranium enrichment facility. The inspection is planned for October 25, USA Today. The New York Times examines the possible effect enhanced sanctions could have on Iran and notes that a roboust black market is already in operation there, New York Times.

Earlier this week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the tango to a list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” The Big Picture.

A dangerous strain of E. coli is still a problem in America’s meat industry, New York Times.

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