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Fierce fighting continues in Marja

NATO troops continued their push into Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan, centered on the city of Marja, PBS Newshour. Map of the area, New York Times. Some civilians have been killed in the fighting, Associated Press.

2 trains collided in Belgium today, killing 18 and injuring many more, CNN. Train crash in pictures, BBC News.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East. Clinton said she is concerned that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have supplanted the government of Iran, leading it in the direction of a military dictatorship, New York Times.

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Iran to restart uranium enrichment program

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.

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Iran Claims Nuclear Trigger Documnets Forged

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that new documents showing that Iran plans to develop and test a trigger for a nuclear device were forged by the United States, BBC News.

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a reformist cleric has died in Iran. Reformers are taking to the streets to honor Montazeri and to protest the current government, Globe and Mail.

The commander of 22,000 U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq has instituted a new rule that would bring any soldier under his command who becomes pregnant or any soldier who impregnates another under court martial. Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo says he needs all his troops available for duty, CNN.

New legislation in Mexico City, once signed by the city’s mayor, will make gay marriage legal. The legislation redefines marriage as a union between two individuals, Al Jazeera.

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Climate Change Summit Opens in Copenhagen

The highly anticipated world climate change summit opened in Copenhagen, Denmark today.  The goal of the summit is for participating countries to agree to targets for emission reduction and to decide how reaching those targets will be paid for, New York Times. Summit Q & A, BBC News. The summit in pictures, BBC News.  Obstacles to an agreement, ABC. Timeline of the history of the politics of climate change starting in 1820, New York Times.

Students in Iran clashed with police on college campuses today. Today is a state holiday in Iran commemorating the deaths of 3 students killed under the Shah of Iran in 1953. Protesters of the current government, while heavily restricted most of the time, use state sponsored marches and holidays as opportunities to briefly show support for the movement for reform, Times Online. Find more information on CDB’s Iran page.

Somali protesters marched in the capital city of Mogadishu today to show their anger at terrorist attacks by the militant group al-Shabab that controls much of the country, BBC News.

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Obama Speaks to Senate Democrats as Debate Rages

President Obama met with Senate Democrats today as the chamber debated healthcare reform in a rare Sunday session. Obama’s spokesman said the President thanked the Democrats for their support and encouraged them to “continue forward on this historic opportunity.” The Senate is expected to heavily debate funds for abortion this week, CNN.

Over 20 mothers who were protesting the deaths of their children during post-election violence were arrested in Iran yesterday at an opposition rally. The mothers were taking part in the anti-government protest in Leleh Park in central Tehran. The government asked foreign news services to not cover the protest and affected internet service to hinder use, New York Times.

The University of Alabama and University of Texas at Austin will play for the college football national title on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. Alabama will be trying for their 13th title and Texas for their fifth, ESPN.

Hot Topic: What Does Afghanistan Withdrawal Date Really Mean?

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Suspect in Tacoma Police Shootings Shot Dead

The suspect in the shootings of 4 police officers in Washington state on Sunday has been fatally shot. A Seattle officer was on a routine patrol when he encountered Maurice Clemmons, who he says charged at him. Clemmons had been arrested on charges of child rape and assaulting a police officer in May but was released on bail. He was said to be mentally unstable, CNN. 3 people accused of helping Clemmons elude police have been arrested, Seattle Post Intelligencer.

A British sailing crew who were on a yacht headed to the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race in Dubai have been detained by Iran after allegedly straying into Iranian waters, Bloomberg. Reactions, BBC News.

Sri Lanka has opened up its government-run refugee camps that have held hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees. Sri Lanka had been fighting ethnic Tamil militant groups for decades before finally eliminating the groups in a military campaign this spring, BBC News.

U.S. President Barack Obama will announce that he is sending an additional 34,000 troops to Afghanistan in a national address tonight at 8pm EST. Watch the address live on C-SPAN.

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U.S. Speaks Out Against Israel’s East Jerusalem House Plans

The U.S. and the United Nations have spoken out against Israel’s plan to construct some 900 houses in occupied East Jerusalem. The houses will be built against Palestinian wishes and the U.S. is afraid the plans will hurt peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Israel insists East Jerusalem is their territory, but Palestine wishes the area be the capital city of their future state, Voice of America.

Five people have been sentenced to death in Iran after being arrested during post-election protests. The total may include three people who were sentenced to death in October, but it is not clear. 81 of 86 arrested since the June election have received jail sentences ranging from six months to 15 years. Iranian TV reports stated those given the death penalty were convicted for being members of “terrorist and opposition groups,” BBC News.

Two Rwandan Hutu leaders have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of committing crimes against humanity in Congo. The two are suspected members of the FDLR, a group made up of Rwandan refugees who fled to Congo after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, in which a half million Tutsis were killed, New York Times.

More charges have been filed against six men of the same family in Missouri. Police say at least one of the men forced a child to kill a kidnapped man and held another child, who became pregnant, captive in a basement. The eldest charged, 77-year-old Burrell Mohler Sr., allegedly buried the infant in a box in the basement. The six men were arrested last week and charged with sexually abusing multiple family members, CNN.

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New Protests in Iran Show Hope for Reform Still Alive

On what was meant to be a day of anti-American sentiment, anti-government protesters instead took to the streets in Tehran, Iran. Today is the 30th anniversary of the Iranian takeover of the American Embassy in Iran and the beginning of the Islamic revolution that put the Shah of Iran in power in 1979.  Demonstrations for the anniversary are sponsored by the state, but opponents of the current government used the occasion to demonstration their support for reform. Police used teargas and violence to subdue protesters, New York Times.

Protests have been ongoing in Iran since the disputed June 12 presidential election. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad officially won reelection but supporters of reform candidates Mir-Hussein Moussavi and former president Muhammad Khatami alleged that the election was a fraud. Censorship and heavy surveillance by police prevent reformist Iranians from staging large-scale or long-running protests but protesters have been able to show their support and their growing numbers by coordinating reform demonstrations during state-sponsored demonstrations, such as at the Quds Day rallies in September. Iranians are also coordinating on Twitter and by text message. Timeline: Iran after the election, Al Jazeera.

President Obama appealed directly to the Iranian people in a statement released today. He called on Iranians to put aside the 30 years of mistrust that followed the seizure of the American Embassy and to start a new chapter of cooperation and mutual respect, Whitehouse.gov.

See our Live Blog for more information. See also the Green Wave of Freedom website for reports on reform efforts from inside Iran, Mowjcamp and the website for former presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi, Tagheer. Use Google Translate to change the text to your language.

5 British soldiers were shot inside a police training facility in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The shooter was described as a “rouge policeman.” It is unknown if the Taliban was involved in the attack. Strategy in Afghanistan has focused on training Afghan police and soldiers in hopes that those forces will one day be capable of stabilizing the country without the aid of NATO forces, BBC News. Taliban link to the shooting probed, BBC News.  Q & A on British troops in Afghanistan, BBC News.

Voters in Maine overturned a law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor that had allowed same-sex couples to marry.  Maine becomes that 31st state that has rejected same-sex marriage by popular vote, ABC News.  Republican candidates won the race for governor in both Virginia and New Jersey, ABC News. In New York City, incumbent Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg won reelection. The race was closer than had been expected with the Democratic candidate getting 46% of the vote to Bloomberg’s 51%. Mayor Bloomberg, who has a personal fortune of $20 billion, spent $90 million of his own money on his reelection campaign, New York Times.

At least 91 people are dead and thousands have been displaced by Tropical Storm Mirinae in Vietnam, Associated Press.  Vietnam is still recovering from Typhoon Ketsana, Citizen’s Daily Brief.

American diplomats were allowed to meet with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi despite her house arrest. Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for much of the past 20 years. Suu Kyi was democratically elected President of Burma but a military junta did not allow her to take office. The junta controls the country, which it has renamed Myanmar. The U.S. has initiated a new policy of engaging with the country’s leaders, CNN International.

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