Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran is now a “nuclear state.” Ahmadinejad said nuclear scientists were successful in enriching uranium, New York Times.
Protesters took to the streets today in Tehran during state-sponsored rallies marking the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Reuters. Link to a list of protests happening around the world in support of the dissidents in Iran, Pro Democracy Movement of Iran.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison where he had been a political prisoner for 27 years. The 91 year-old Mandela did not attend the march of thousands, Times Online.
Iran has ordered its nuclear chief to begin enriching uranium. Iran says the enriched uranium will be used in a research reactor, BBC News.
55 nations submitted their plans for reducing carbon emissions this week, New York Times.
U.S. President Barack Obama released his proposed 2011 budget. One of the cuts will scrap plans by NASA to sends humans back to the moon by 2020, CNN.
The British medical journal, The Lancet, retracted publication of a 1998 study that suggested the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine was linked to autism, Boston Herald.
Voters in Honduras are at the polls today to select the country’s next president. According to polls, conservative candidate Porfirio Lobo of the National Party is in the lead while the Liberal Party candidate, Elvin Santos, trails behind. Both Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran president who was deposed in June after he tried to change the country’s constitution so that he would be eligible to run for a third term in office, and Roberto Micheletti, the man who has been acting president since then, are members of the Liberal Party, Christian Science Monitor.
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has given up some of the presidential power that was expanded when his predecessor was in office. Presidential power was greatly expanded under President Pervez Musharraf who was a military general. Zardari moved control of the civilian seat on the National Command Authority which controls Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal to the office of the Prime Minister, New York Times.
The state news agency of Iran reported that the Iranian parliament has approved the construction of 10 new uranium enrichment nuclear facilities. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has called for Iran to halt production of a recently discovered nuclear facility at Qom, CNN.
Rwanda has become the 54th country to be admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations and the second to be admitted without a British colonial past. The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental organization of member states that developed as former members of the British empire developed their own governments, BBC News.
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.