11 people were killed today as their plane crashed into a mountain in Haiti. The dead were all peacekeepers and a part of an United Nations peacekeeping mission, BNO News.
President Obama said he was “humbled and deeply surprised” by the Nobel committee’s decision to award him the 2009 Peace Prize. Obama says he believes the prize will be a great motivator to help aid the international peace process, BBC News.
Burmese dissident Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed by the Burmese government to meet with foreign diplomats today. The meeting suggests a possible détente between the junta and Western governments, New York Times.
Nathan Daniel Larson, 29, of Boulder, Colorado has been sentenced to 16 months in a federal prison for making threats against the U.S. President, but it is not clear if those threats were made against Presidents Bush or Obama. Larson sent an e-mail in December to the Secret Service announcing, “I am writing to inform you that in the near future, I will kill the President of the United States of America,” BNO News.
Nine people, including a child, are believed to be dead after a tour helicopter and small plane collided over the Hudson River in New York City. Three bodies have been recovered so far. The helicopter was carrying five Italian tourists and a pilot, and the plane was carrying a pilot, an adult, and a child, CNN.
At least 17 people were killed on the coast of Somalia overnight when gun battles broke out between rival clans. The fight allegedly started because of land disputes and the apparent rape of a young woman. A pirate told Reuters he was worried the fighting could affect piracy activities, BBC News.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery says they are close to recovering DNA evidence that proves famed aviator Amelia Earhart crashed on Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific Ocean. Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world, ABC News.
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Ousted President Manuel Zelaya briefly returned to Honduras today, despite the opposition government’s threat to arrest him for being back in the country. Zelaya was greeted by supporters as he crossed over to the country, but he quickly returned back to Nicaragua. The U.S. has deemed the move “reckless,” BBC News.
At least 17 people were killed when an airplane skidded off a runway while attempting to land in Iran. Reports say the tires failed to work and the plane, which was flying from the capital city Tehran to the northeastern city of Mashhad, skidded into a wall. Only nine days ago 168 people were killed in a plane crash in the country, Sky News.
Football star David Beckham has been fined $1,000 by the MLS for a run-in he had with a fan during halftime of a friendly matched played on Sunday. The fan, a part of a group who brought banners and signs admonishing Beckham for what they feel is a lack of commitment to the club, jumped from the stands to meet Beckham after the player walked to the stands and asked him to come down. Beckham has just rejoined the U.S. club after being loaned to AC Milan for five months and he has expressed interest in returning to Italy to play professionally, Sports Illustrated.
Archaeologists have discovered five shipwrecks off the coast of Italy that are believed to be from Roman times. The wrecks were found near Ventotene in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships are dated to be from between the 1st century B.C. and the 4th century, AP.
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After five delays, the space shuttle Endeavour finally lifted off today from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle will link up with the international space station for a 16-day mission, CNN.
A man was killed by police today near the U.S. Capitol building after he fled from a routine traffic stop. The man did have a weapon and two officers were injured, but it is not known whether the man fired his gun or not. Witnesses say about 15 shots were fired, Washington Post.
Natalia Estemirova, a Russian human rights activist, has been found dead after she was abducted in Chechnya this morning. According to reports, “she had been gathering evidence of a campaign of house-burnings by government-backed militias.” Human Rights Watch, a prominent human rights organization, say they believe that Estemirova undoubtedly was targeted because of the case she was working on, BBC News.
The black boxes from the Iranian plane that crashed earlier today have been recovered, but are reported to be damaged. The plane, en route from Tehran to Yerevan, crashed 16 minutes after takeoff and killed all 168 people on board, BBC News.
A plane has crashed in northern Iran, most likely killing all 153 passengers and 15 crew onboard. The plane was en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia. Iran is not allowed to buy new planes from Western countries because of sanctions and most of its fleet of Russian planes is quite old, BBC News.
A new report from “Breaking the Silence” says that Israeli soldiers used Palestinian civilians as human shields during the conflict in Gaza last year. Soldiers say the army policy was at target civilians and that “in urban warfare everyone is your enemy,” Haaretz.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked the coast of New Zealand. The earthquake was feared to have triggered a tsunami headed in the direction of Australia, but the tsunami warning has been canceled, CNN.
A member of the Movement for the Emanicipation of the Niger Delta guerilla group has announced a 60 day ceasefire. Niger’s president is currently unwell and ineffective and several groups are at odds in a battle to control lucrative Nigerian oil, Voice of America.
China has issued a warning to its citizens in Algeria after receiving threats from al Qaeda. China has caught the attention of al Qaeda due to its harsh crackdown on Muslim Uighurs in the Chinese city of Urumqi on July 5, Reuters.
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.
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President Ahmadinejad of Iran and his rival in the upcoming elections, Former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, took part in a heated debate on live TV today. The President accused Mousavi of lying and criticized his wife for campaigning for Mousavi, among other insults. Mousavi fired back at the President, claiming his government is repressing student protests and mocking the President for his presence on the international stage, where he is seen unfavorably. Elections take place in 10 days, BBC News.
The Organization of American States has readmitted Cuba into the organization for the first time in 47 years. Cuba, however, maintains they don’t have interest in taking part in the OAS. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a strong proponent for readmitting Cuba, and the decision was reached unanimously, but the U.S. made it clear that Cuba needed to work on their human rights policies and democratic reforms, NPR.
New reports say Air France Flight 447 likely broke apart in the air during a violent storm. New debris was found today, but the chance of finding survivors is extremely unlikely. Officials are worried the black box from the flight will not be recovered due to the rough conditions of the water in the area, AP.
CNN has a report on two Americans who were on board, a couple that were set to announcement their engagement. You can find it here.
We now know the identities of some of the passengers that were flying on Air France’s Flight 447, which disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean this morning. We’ll provide information on more as details become available.
Relatives confirm Brazil’s Prince Pedro Luís of Orléans-Braganza, born in 1983 and fourth in line for the crown, was on the plane.
Sky News reports the three Irish nationals on board were all women in their 20s, best friends on holiday in Brazil. Local reports say that Aisling Butler of Roscrea, Co Tipperary, Jane Deasy of Dublin and Eithne Walls of Belfast, who graduated together from Trinity College in Dublin, were on the plane.
The Michelin tire company has stated three of their executives were on board, including Luiz Roberto Anastacio, the president of their South American operations.