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Ahmadinejad says Iran is now a “nuclear state”

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.

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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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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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Live Post: Large Protest in Tehran

Reports are surfacing from Tehran, Iran that thousands of people are taking to the streets on this 30th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy. Protests have been occurring since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection in June, with hundreds arrested since then. Dozens have been killed, including Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot in the chest by police on June 2o as she was watching the protests. Neda subsequently became the face of the Green movement.

Right now, twitterers are reporting that shots have been fired, but it is not clear if they were fired in the air or into the crowd. Several Metro stations (Hafte Tir, Taleghani, Davazdeh Davlat and Ferdowsi) have been closed to thwart more people from joining the crowds, which are apparently growing by the minute.

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Delegations Walk Out on Ahmadinejad Speech

U.S., Canadian, and other state delegations walked out or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s United Nations speech tonight after he accused Israel of “inhuman policies.” Delegations had threatened a walkout if the President again made comments denying the Holocaust, as he has done as recently as September 18th. Ahmadinejad also said the June elections were fair and that “Iran [is] one of most democratic nations in the world,” National Post.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says his country may be open to imposing sanctions on Iran over the Middle East country’s nuclear plans, BBC News.

New reports say the Pope will visit Britain next year at the invitation of Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It will be the first papal visit to Britain in 28 years, AFP.

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Obama to Meet Netanyahu and Abbas on Tuesday

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmud Abbas, President of Palestine, at the White House on Tuesday in an effort to restart peace talks. It will be the first joint meeting between the three leaders, AFP.

Western governments are expressing outrage at comments made by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Qods (Jerusalem) Day. Ahmadinejad raised the question of whether the Holocaust occurred, saying “If the Holocaust, as you claim, is true, why don’t you allow a probe into the issue?” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the remarks “baseless, ignorant and hateful,” PressTV.

57 confirmed cases of E.coli have caused a petting farm in Surrey, England to close down. 10 children have been hospitalized after visiting Godstone Farm and contracting E.coli, BBC News.

A gay pride parade in Serbia scheduled for Sunday has been canceled because police say they cannot guarantee participants’ safety. Anti-gay groups have plastered posters all over Belgrade threatening “We’re expecting you,” and the first gay pride parade in the city in 2001 turned chaotic as extreme violence broke out, BBC News.

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Iranians Protest Ahmadinejad, Support Palestine on Quds Day

Residents of Tehran and other parts of Iran took to the streets earlier to today to mark Quds Day, a traditional day of rallies held in support of Palestine on the last Friday of Ramadan. People used the occasion to voice their political views, including support for opposition of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and disapproval of the actions of Israel and other western countries. Riot police cracked down on anti-Ahmadinejad protesters while at Tehran University Ahmadinejad went further than he ever had before in denying the Holocaust, AFP.

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has filed an appeal of this summer’s court decision to extend her house arrest after an American man, claiming illness, spent the night in her house last spring. Under the strict military regime in Myanmar, no one is allowed to stay over night at anyone’s house. A verdict on the appeal is expected next month. The country’s rulers aim to keep Suu Kyi out of public eye until after the upcoming 2010 elections, Associated Press.

30 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a crowded marketplace in the village of Kohat in northwestern Pakistan. Most of those killed were men from the country’s Muslim Shia minority. A Taliban group has claimed responsibility, Al Jazeera.

Two American couples in Egypt who were arrested for trying to adopt children illegally have been sentenced to two years in prison. The country’s adoption laws are based on Islamic law which is strict about adoption practices, BBC News.

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DJ AM Found Dead in New York Apartment

Adam Goldstein, aged 36 and known as DJ AM, has been found dead in his New York City apartment. The popular DJ survived a plane crash last year, along with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, in which all others on board perished. There are reports that he died from a drug overdose, but those reports cannot be substantiated at this time, MTV.

The couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and hiding her in their backyard for 18 years have entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. Phillip Garrido, 58, and his spouse Nancy, 54, have been charged on 28 counts, including kidnapping and rape, and police are now searching their home for evidence that could connect Phillip Garrido with a string of murders of prostitutes. Police say the bodies were dumped in the ’90s in an area close to Garrido’s work at the time, MSNBC.

August has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war started in 2001. 45 service members have been killed this month, with the latest death coming today when a soldier died in an attack on his vehicle, New York Times.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is calling for the arrest of his political rivals, New York Times.

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