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Woman Stoned for Adultery in Somalia

A woman in Somali has been stoned to death for adultery. The 20 year-old woman had previously been married and was divorced but a strict reading of Sharia law does not allow even a divorced woman to have sex with another man. The woman’s boyfriend was given 100 lashes. Al-Shabab, the hard line Islamic group that controls much of southern Somalia, was responsible for the sentencing, BBC News.  More on the broken justice system in Somalia, BBC News.

Somali pirates once again attacked the Maersk Alabama, the U.S. ship that was hijacked last April, but the crew was able to repel the attack, MS-NBC.

The European Union will send 100 troops to train Somali forces in hopes that the forces will be able to stem the violence and restore order. The troops will train in Uganda next year, Reuters.

U.S. President Barack Obama finishes up his tour of Asia with a visit to South Korea, Yonhap. Analysis of President Obama’s visit to China, Associated Press.

The PBD series Frontline has a comprehensive look at the death of Neda Agha Soltan, including interviews with the doctor who tried to save her at the scene of the crime and information about the man who shot Neda. The show also provides a good review of the events of the disputed presidential election in Iran in June. A must watch for anyone who wants a better understanding of the situation. Watch the full program online. A transcript of the show will be available around November 24. Maps and video of the protests since June, BBC News. Frontline’s homepage for news on Iran, Tehran Bureau.

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Breaking: Massive Protest in Tehran

There are multiple reports coming in that thousands and thousands of people have taken to the streets in Tehran, including reform politician and former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi. Karroubi is a supporter of women’s rights in Iran and spoke out about the abuse happening in Iranian prisons to anti-Ahmadinejad protesters.

There are also unconfirmed reports of violence and tear gas being used on the crowd, but we cannot confirm so far. A report from Reuters claims at least 10 people have been arrested and that others have been beaten.

Mehdi Saharkhiz has posted one of the first pictures available online of the protests. His twitter is providing the best live information currently. Homylafayette is providing a liveblog.

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Ed McMahon Dies at Age of 86

Ed McMahon died shortly after midnight this morning at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center at the age of 86. McMahon, a beloved television personality, is best known for his role as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show,” CNN.

Iran’s Guardian Council has determined that there were no voting irregularies in the recent presidental election and has declared that Ahmadinejad’s reelection will stand, BBC News.

Seven people are dead and over 70 are  injured after two Metro trains collided on the Red Line in Washington, DC yesterday, Reuters.

The US is tracking a North Korea ship that is believed to carry small arms as it heads to Myanmar, Associated Press.

President Obama signed a bill yesterday that will give the Food and Drug Administration increased authority to regulate tobacco products, Los Angeles Times.

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Green for the Iranian Revolution

We’ve gone green to show our support for the people in Iran. Follow our Twitter for updates on the situation and check back tonight for the Evening Edition.

We also want to say that Andrew Sullivan is going above and beyond with his coverage on Iran. Make sure to read his blog for the best updates.

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Bibi Will Allow Two-State Solution … But With Conditions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will back a two-state solution for Palestine, but only if Palestine is completely disarmed. Under his conditions, Palestine would not be allowed an army, would have no way of smuggling weapons, and would have no control over its own air space. The Prime Minister also said he was open to immediately having peace discussions with Palestine, BBC News.

Nine foreigners have been kidnapped in Yemen by Shia rebels. The group is comprised of mostly women and children, with seven Germans, a Briton and a Korean. Two of those kidnapped had been working in the country as nurses, BBC News.

We’ve been extensively covering the Iranian election chaos the past few days, and while we can’t give out much more confirmed information (foreign journalists are being expelled, power is down, and the only info is coming from Twitter), we can give you a brief rundown of the situation as it stands now.

We hear that students at a university in Tehran have sparred with police and eyewitness reports say 15 are severely injured and over 100 students have been arrested. A video was posted on Youtube earlier of what appeared to be a protester beaten to death by police, but it has since been taken down. Those who are supporting the Mousavi supporters are urged to wear green tomorrow, no matter where in the world you are. Here’s a great New York Times article with info on the unrest in Iran.

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WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared a global flu pandemic based on the growing spread of the swine flu, or H1N1, in many regions of the world and now 74 countries. Health experts had developed the pandemic protocols based on much deadlier flu scenarios such as the bird flu, or H5N1. The swine flu is not nearly as deadly but officials are fearful that the virus could mutate, BBC News. Three more people have died from H1N1 in New York City, bringing the total to 15 there, Fox44 News. Hong Kong has ordered all its daycares and primary schools shut in an effort to keep the virus from spreading, Voice of America.

Five American contractors being held in the death of James Kitterman, owner of a Houston, Texas based contracting company, were ordered released by an Iraqi judge due to insufficient evidence. Two will remain in custody in Iraq on drug charges, Associated Press.

Palau and Bermuda will take some of the 17 Chinese nationals who are still being held at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay despite court orders from as far back as 2003 clearing the individuals to be released, AFP. The Uighurs are an ethnic group of mostly Turkish descendants in central Asia. Many live in China and international reports indicate that China discriminates against the group.  22 Uighurs were held at Guantanamo Bay. The men were picked up at a camp in Afghanistan but have never been linked to terrorism or  expressed hatred against the United States. Some of the Uighurs have been released to Albania though China has requested they be sent home to face charges there. Experts suspect that they will be executed if returned to China.

Demonstrators march in support of Iran’s presidential candidates. Women account for about 65% of the voting population in Iran and 70% of the population is less than 30 years old.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s main opponents are Mirhossein Mousavi, a reform candidate and Mehdi Karoubi who is the major liberal candidate. Mousavi’s support has been rising in recent days with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets to show their support. However, Karoubi could spilt the liberal-reform vote. Some analysts predict the election will be forced into a run-off between President Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, Reuters.

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