35 people have died after coordinated explosions struck the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan, Al Jazeera.
Myanmar announced a new law barring anyone convicted of a crime from running for office. The new law will exclude political activists from participating in the upcoming election and may also force political parties to remove activists from their membership. The law is in large part targeted against Aung San Suu Kyi, the last democratically elected leader of Myanmar (previously Burma) who has been under house arrest or in prison for much of the past 20 years. Myanmar is a tightly controlled society that is run by a military junta. Military leaders are going ahead with elections this year but are working to ensure that only hand-picked candidates can participate, Al Jazeera.
Google has added biking directions and biking maps to 150 U.S. cities in its Google Maps feature, Wired News.
The Large Hadron Collider will be shut down for a year to fix design flaws, BBC News.
At least 19 people were killed today in clashes in Tehran, and some wounded marchers went to foreign embassies to seek medical attention out of fear of being arrested at hospitals. Unconfirmed reports say as many as 150 may be dead, but hospitals only confirmed 19 deaths. Thousands marched today to protest last week’s elections, CNN.
More than 70 people were killed when a truck bomb exploded today in northern Iraq. It was the deadliest bomb attack this year. The violence is escalating as U.S. troops are leaving cities in the country, but officials say the troops will be withdrawn by the deadline “no matter what happens,” AP.
The controversial atom smasher, known as the Large Hadron Collider, will likely be restarted in October by scientists at CERN. The collider will hopefully shed light on what makes up the universe, but some are concerned the use of the machine could be catastrophic, AP.
Hot Topic: The New York Times has a great piece on Tibetan monks who have escaped from China. Read the article here.