President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi have both declared victory after Friday’s presidential elections, but election officials say Ahmadinejad is currently leading with almost 70% of the vote. Mousavi, who is popular in the cities and with students, says there are irregularities in the results, AP.
Two climbers have fallen to their deaths on Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. John Mislow, 39, of Newton, Mass., and Andrew Swanson, 36, of Minneapolis were roped together and officials say there are still not sure what events caused the fall, but they did fall at least 2,000 feet. Rangers noted that the two were experienced climbers, AP.
Amanda Knox, the American woman accused of killing her British roommate in Italy in 2007, took the stand today to prove her innocence. Knox says she was beaten by Italian police and that they tried to force her into a confession. Meredith Kercher, who was studying abroad in Italy, was found dead with her throat slashed in their shared apartment, BBC News.
Hot Topic: CNN has an interesting article with seven stories of the Civil War that few Americans are taught in school. Read the article here.
Phil Spector, a renowned U.S. music producer, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The jury in Spector’s 2007 trial failed to reach a decision, but his five month long trial this year found him guilty of second-degree murder, BBC News.
Officials say 250 people have been killed this week in central Sudan in battles between nomadic groups. 75 of those killed were policeman who were attacked by over 3,000 militants on horseback, BBC News.
Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not race in the Belmont Stakes, the third race part of the Triple Crown. The filly was the first to win the Preakness in 85 years and was ridden by Calvin Borel, the jockey who won this year’s Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird. Borel will ride Mine That Bird in the Belmont, and if he wins the race, he will be the first jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races in one year on more than one horse, NY Times.
Following the condemnation of North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile earlier this month by the UN Security Council, North Korea has cut off its involvement in international talks concerning its nuclear program. North Korea has restarted a nuclear reactor and has vowed to never engage in nuclear negotiations again, Fox News.
1 Canadian soldier killed and 4 Canadian soldiers injured in roadside bomb in Afghanistan, CNN International.
Redshirt protests end in Bangkok after military and police surround protesters. 2 died in the protests and at least 120 were injured, Bangkok Post.
Music producer Phil Spector is found guilty in the 2003 murder of an actress in Los Angeles, NME.
Children in Peru die in the collapse of a foot bridge in the Andes, Time.
Amazon apologizes for delisting of books by gay authors. A hacker has claimed credit, PC World.
Iranian journalist on trial in Iran accused of spying for the US, Bloomberg.