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Iran State TV Confirms Three Americans Arrested in Iran

Iran state TV has confirmed that three Americans have been arrested in Iran. The report says that the three tourists were taken into custody after accidentally crossing into the country from Iraq and that they ignored warnings from guards. The two men and one woman were hiking near the town in Ahmed Awaa, AP.

15 Colombian soldiers have been sentenced to up to 30 years in jail for killing civilians. The judge ruled that the murders had been “false positives,” or killings done to make others believe progress was being made in the battle against drug cartels and rebel groups, BBC News.

More than a 100 Iranian dissidents are on trial today on charges that they were “conspiring with foreign powers to stage a revolution through terrorism, subversion, and a media campaign to discredit last month’s presidential election.” Those charged include a former vice president and a Newsweek reporter. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn in for a second time this week, New York Times.

Shocking onlookers at the world swimming championships, Michael Phelps took back the 100-meter butterfly world record from Milorad Cavic in exciting fashion. Phelps and Cavic, who finished second, both came in under 50 seconds, the only two swimmers to ever do so. Cavic also came second to Phelps in the event at the 2008 Olympics, where Phelps won by one-hundredth of a second, ESPN.

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Earthquake in China Damages 10,000 Homes

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake has destroyed close to 10,000 homes in China and injured at least 300. The earthquake occurred in the Yunnan province in southwest China. An earthquake in May of last year in the country killed 68,000 people, CNN.

American swimmer Michael Phelps set a new world record today in the 100m butterfly event. The event took place at the U.S. trials for the World Championships in Rome. Phelps’ time of 50.22 seconds broke Ian Crocker’s four-year record. Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics last year, BBC Sport.

Three gravediggers have been charged in the U.S. in taking part in a scheme where they dug up hundreds of corpses, resold their plots and buried new bodies in their place. The scheme happened at a historic black cemetery near Chicago, where lynching victim Emmett Till was buried, USA Today.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan is asking for international support to help the country after battling the Taliban, saying, “This is a cancer and Pakistan cannot handle it alone. We need international support,” Sky News.

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