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Thousands March in Hong Kong in Remberance of Tiananmen

Close to 5,000 people marched in Hong Kong yesterday in remembrance of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy-uprising in which hundreds of people were killed in China in 1989. June 4 will mark the 20th anniversary of the event, BBC News.

Israel stages a five-day “war drill” to prepare the nation for war. The drill will include simulated rockets annd air raids. Israel is concerned about Iran’s nuclear program and says the drill will be useful in preparing the country in case of conflict with Iran, CNN.

Another accident in a Chinese coal mine kills 30, Al Jazeera. 18 died in a mine explosion in China last April. Last year China reported that 3000 people were killed in mining accidents.

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Breaking: Pres. Obama Nominates Fed. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court

President Obama has announced that he will nominate federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor will take the place of Justice David Souter who announced his retirement last month. If confirmed, Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. She will also be one of two woman on the Court, serving with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, retired during the Bush administration. Sotomayor, whose nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the US Senate, is expected to be confirmed easily. The nominee must first be examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee which Democrats control 12 to 7. Many conservatives had talked about aggressively blocking any nominee, but Republican leaders have been backing off that tactic, New York Times. See the New York Law Journal for more information on Judge Sotomayor’s past rulings and judicial philosophy.

Obama will make the announcement of his selection at 10:15 EDT. Watch the announcement live on the Whitehouse website, Whitehouse.gov.

Coming one day after testing a nuclear bomb underground and testing two short-range missiles, North Korea has launched another two short-range missiles. South Korea is on high alert. The UN Security Council is working on a new resolution which will have stricter consequences for the unlawful tests, BBC News.

In news we’ll be watching today, California’s Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that changed the California State Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. 18,000 same-sex marriages were conducted before Prop 8 went into effect. Today’s ruling will also determine whether those marriages are still valid, CNN. Californians are prepared to take to the streets in celebration or protest once the ruling is made, Day of Decision.

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World on Alert After North Korea Nuke Test

The world is on alert after confirmation of an underground nuclear test near Kilju, North Korea. Seismologists recorded the blast in South Korea with tremors of 4.5 on the Ritcher scale. North Korea tested a much smaller weapon underground in November 2006. Yesterday’s blast was between 10 and 20 kilotons which is about the size of the atom bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki in World War II. The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session this afternoon. As we reported last night when the news broke, Japan has set up an emergency room to monitor the situation in the Prime Minister’s resident. China, a sometimes ally of North Korea, has also condemned the tests. BBC News reports that South Korea has also detected short-range missile tests by North Korea. These tests come at a time when North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-il is said to be in poor health and there is concern over who will be his successor, CNN.

Scientology is on trial in Paris, France on charges of fraud under French anti-cult laws. A woman claims she was persuaded to spend 20,000 euros on bonus services by the church, such as medication for purification. If found guilty, Scientology could be shut down in France, France 24.

Pakistani troops are going house to house in Mingora in a heavy effort to stamp out the Taliban in the Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan. Although most residents have fled the heavily-fortified town, 10,000-20,000 are estimated to remain.  The offensive to clear the Swat Valley has lasted about four weeks. Pakistan army officials say they expect to have taken back Mingora in 7 to 10 days, Reuters.

An Indian guru was killed in the shooting at the Sikh temple in Vienna, Austria this weekend. His death sparked riots in Jalandhar, India, Wall Street Journal.

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to testify in her defense on Thursday, Associated Press. The bizarre story of the charges against Suu Kyi.

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Breaking: N. Korea Confirms Second Nuclear Test

The South Korean government has called for an emergency security meeting after North Korea successfully conducted a nuclear test this morning (local time), North Korea media confirms. The underground test was reported as a small, and unusual, earthquake by South Korea initially.

BNO reports the U.S. State Department has said they have no immediate comment. We’ll update the situation as details come in, but follow BNO for updates.

Update: Via BNO, “AFP: Japanese government activates crisis task force after North Korean nuclear test.”

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Update: North Korea Continues Nuclear Program

On April 5, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief reported that North Korea had launched a rocket using long range ballistic missile technology. North Korea still insists that the rocket was actually a satellite that is now orbiting in space, but the country also used world criticism of the launch as an excuse to withdraw from negotiations. The UN Security Council voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea following the launch. North Korea is now threatening to test a second nuclear weapon. North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in June 2006 and it is believed that North Korea is capable of carrying out the threat, United Press International.

Relations with North Korea appeared to be improving in the 1990s when U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with North Korean President Kim Jong-il. However, the Bush administration broke off relations with North Korea and famously referred to the country as part of the “Axis of Evil,” which also included Iraq and Iran.

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