Ethnic violence has once again broken out in the troubled city of Jos, Nigeria. 100s may have been killed. Violence has been traded among Muslims and Christians in the region for several years. Nigeria’s government has sent security forces into the town and the violence appears to have abated, BBC News.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has gone to Israel in an effort to restart Mid-East peace talks, BBC News. One of the major blocks is Israel’s insistence on continuing to build settlements in disputed areas, Al Jazeera.
Votes are still being counted from yesterday’s election in Iraq. Violence did not stop Iraqi citizens from going to the polls. 36 people died in attacks yesterday, Associated Press.
15 people, including 3 cabinet ministers and 3 journalists, are dead after a suicide bomber struck a university graduation ceremony in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The suicide bomber was dressed as woman. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the militant Islamic group al-Shabab is suspected. Islamic militants control much of central and southern Somalia. The capital is protected by African Union peacekeepers who have nearly daily skirmishes with militants, Associated Press.
India’s Minister of State for the Environment has announced that the country will not sign any legally-binding emission reduction agreements at the upcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen, Times of India. Residents of Shishmaref, Alaska fear climate change could destroy their town, CNN.
Israeli settlers protest a 10-month ban on new settlement construction. East Jerusalem is not included in the ban. Settlements are illegal under international law, but continue to be built by Israelis in disputed lands as a way of bolstering their claims on the land, CNN. The story of a Palestinian farmer whose grove of olive trees has been vandalized by nearby Israeli settlements, BBC News.
The New York State Senate did not approve a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage, New York Times.
The International Olympic Committee has chosen Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. This will be the first time an Olympics has been held in South America. We’ll have all the Olympic news for you soon in a Featured Post.
Ateke Tom, one of the main rebel commanders in Nigeria, will take part in an amnesty agreement. Ateke Tom and those following him will hand over their weapons and will be eligible for rehabilitation. Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua is not currently in full control of the country which is rich in oil resources. October 4 is the deadline for rebels to surrender if they wish to receive amnesty, Voice of America.
Voters will go to the polls on Sunday in Greece. Current Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has promised to work to solve the economic crisis if reelected, Reuters.
Israel exchanged 20 female Palestinian prisoners for video evidence that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in June 2006, is alive and well, BBC News. Transcript.