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Iceland Submits App. to Join EU

Iceland has officially submitted an application for membership in the European Union. Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey also have applications to the EU in consideration. However, the applications have been held up because France and Germany objected that the EU cannot contain more than 27 states without a treaty amending some of the rules is ratified, Reuters.

Two light rail trains crashed yesterday in San Francisco, injuring dozens, Associated Press.

A helicopter carrying civilians crashed while attempting to take off at the Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan. 16 people were reportedly killed and at least 5 injured. The helicopter was Russian-made and belongs to a company that is a military contractor, but no details about the identity of the victims has been released. This incident follows a helicopter crash near the Sangin military base in which insurgents are suspected of shooting down the helicopter. 6 Ukrainian crew died as well as 1 Afghan girl who was on the ground,  BBC News.

With the Chinese government cracking down hard on Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic group predominantly living in the Western Chinese province of Xinjiang, Western media  is increasingly connecting Uighurs with terrorism. CNN reports today that Chinese police killed 12 Uighurs who were said to be rioting and “using iron rods, stones and bricks to kill innocent residents.” Compare the CNN article with the article by Chinese state media, Xinhua. In a situation like this, similar to the conflict in Sri Lanka earlier this year, it is extremely difficult to discern what is really going on when most of the information is coming from state media.The last six paragraphs of the CNN article attempt to link the Turkistan Islamic Party, a group that claimed credit for bus bombings in China last summer, with the Uighurs. The organization has released videos condemning actions of the Chinese government, but there is no evidence the the group speaks for the Uighur people. There are about 8 million Uighurs in Xinjiang making up 40% of the province’s total population.

Al Jazeera has a video report with an overview of the situation and interviews and images from Xinjiang.

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Iceland Close to Joining European Union

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing finished today after four days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s vote on Sotomayor may be as soon as next week, but no date has been scheduled as of yet, CQ Politics.

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will set up his headquarters in Honduras and will lead his “final battle” against coup leaders. The aide also has said Zelaya will attempt to return to the country today, but will not tell where the headquarters will be located. Zelaya was ousted last month after introducing a vote that would have allowed the government to write a new constitution, AP.

Iceland’s parliament has narrowly voted to seek entrance to the European Union. The country will also attempt to change their currency to the euro. The grueling debate lasted five days and saw supporters citing the bleak economic climate as the primary reason to join. Dissenters fear the move will harm Iceland’s fishing industry, BBC News.

Hot Topic: On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, NASA has relased a new video showing the historic moon landing.

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