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Irish terrorists set off car bomb after years of quiet

Irish separatists in Northern Ireland exploded a car bomb today in the town of Newry. The bombers gave police notice of the bomb and no one was hurt, Wall Street Journal.

After 11 days of heavy fighting in the town of Marjah in Afghanistan, residents received food aid today. NATO is attempting to secure the town from the Taliban, Al Jazeera.

40 people associated with the military in Turkey were arrested after an alleged coup attempt, BBC News.

Officials at the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on women serving on submarines, Reuters.

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School used webcam to spy on student

A school near Philadelphia has been accused of using the webcam on a school-issued laptop to spy on a 15 year-old boy, New York Times. Full text of the lawsuit against the school district, Philadelphia Inquirer.

An anti-tax protester crashed a small plane into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas. The pilot and one other person were killed. Right-wing groups in the U.S. have become increasingly violent since President Obama was elected in November 2008, Fox News.

A military coup in Niger put new leaders in control of the government yesterday, Reuters.

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Iceland Close to Joining European Union

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing finished today after four days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate’s vote on Sotomayor may be as soon as next week, but no date has been scheduled as of yet, CQ Politics.

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will set up his headquarters in Honduras and will lead his “final battle” against coup leaders. The aide also has said Zelaya will attempt to return to the country today, but will not tell where the headquarters will be located. Zelaya was ousted last month after introducing a vote that would have allowed the government to write a new constitution, AP.

Iceland’s parliament has narrowly voted to seek entrance to the European Union. The country will also attempt to change their currency to the euro. The grueling debate lasted five days and saw supporters citing the bleak economic climate as the primary reason to join. Dissenters fear the move will harm Iceland’s fishing industry, BBC News.

Hot Topic: On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, NASA has relased a new video showing the historic moon landing.

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Live Post: Unrest in Honduras

The unrest in Honduras is getting worse. At this moment, President Zelaya is trying to find a place to land because the airport has been closed. His plane attempted to land moments ago, but was not able to due to a military blockade. There are large groups outside the airport and reports say two young people have been killed in clashes with soldiers. Continue reading

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Iran to Expel the EU from Nuclear Program Talks

Iran says they will no longer allow the EU to take part in talks about the Iranian nuclear program. Iran blames European countries for helping to cause unrest in the country after the controversial June 12th election results. Numerous EU countries are considering withdrawing their ambassadors from the country, BBC News.

The Organization of American States (OAS) has pledged support for the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. The OAS says they will give coup leaders, who overthrew the president and took control of the government, 72 hours to reinstate Zelaya before they expel the country from the group, NPR.

Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden has died at the age of 97. Malden was known for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and Gypsy, among others, CNN.

American author J.D. Salinger has won a lawsuit against a Swedish author attempting to publish what Salinger felt was a “The Catcher in the Rye” rip-off, entitled “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.” Salinger, who has stayed almost entirely out of the public eye for the last few decades, was not present at the hearing, Reuters.

Hot Topic: A 12-year-old girl, the only suvivor from the Yemenia plane crash, tells how she survived here.

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Thailand in Turmoil and American Captain Freed

Thailand remains in turmoil after protests all week. Today the government has declared a state of emergency and local news sources are reporting that tanks are patrolling Bangkok. Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is stoking the unrest and asking dissenters to revolt against the government, which they claim was not democratically elected since the current government ousted Thaksin in 2006 during a coup. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has refused to step down, Sky News.

The Sri Lankan government has declared a temporary ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers and will not launch any military offensives on them until the truce is over. The battles between the two have put Sri Lanka in the middle of a civil war with tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the fighting. The truce is meant to allow civilians time to leave the area, BBC News.

Conservationists have found a new species of orangutan in a remote part of Indonesia. The team estimates there are 1,000 to 2,000 of the animal in the area, which would give a big boost to the endangered species. Before the discovery, scientists said there were only between 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left on Earth, Associated Press.

BREAKING: The American ship capatain who had been held hostage by Somali pirates has been freed. Three of the four pirates holding Captain Phillips have been killed and the fourth is in custody, BNO.

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