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CDU and Merkel Win German Election

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union has won the German election. The CDU will have to team up with the Free Democratic Party (FDP or commonly referred to as the Liberals) for a majority. Merkel will remain Germany’s Chancellor. In the elections four years ago, the CDU had to align with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) which is more liberal than the CDU and was not an easy fit.  The new CDU-FDU coalition will be more pro-business and Merkel has also promised tax cuts, CNN International.

More than 140 people are confirmed dead in severe floods caused by heavy rains in the Philippines. Over 400,000 people have been displaced. Aid agencies are trying to get food and water to the areas affected, Voice of America. Photo Gallery, CNN.

Newspaper columnist and former Nixon speechwriter William Safire died at the age of 79 on Sunday at a hospice in Rockville, Maryland. Safire was a libertarian and conservative and an expert on language usage, New York Times.

A police officer in Britain will be charged for assaulting a protestor during during last April’s G-20 protests in London. The assault was caught on video and posted on YouTube, BBC News. The protestor was attending a vigil for Ian Tomlinson, a newspaper vendor who died during the protests after being struck by a police officer. That assualt was also caught on video but no charges have been filed, Wikipedia.

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Volcano Erupts in Alaska

14 people have been killed in a plane crash in Butte, Montana, including 7 children. The group is believed to have been traveling to Bozeman for a ski trip. The plane crashed just 500 feet from the airport into a cemetery, Yahoo! News.

Mumbai Terrorism

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab

The only known living perpetrator of the Mumbai terror attacks in the start of his trial has said he is from Pakistan. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab faces the death penalty if convicted. The November attacks killed 170 people in the Indian city, which lasted for days with terrorists holding hotel patrons hostage, BBC News.

Richard Falk, UN investigator into human rights in Palestine, is preparing to release a report that criticizes Israeli actions in Gaza in the battles at the start of the year. The report goes so far as to say that Israel may be tried for war crimes, but an independent investigation is necessary, BBC News.

A 15-year-old Michigan teen was killed by a taser, used by police officers trying to break up a fight. More details as they emerge, AP.

And the world’s #1 World News Story: Mount Redoubt in Alaska Has Erupted Four Times This Morning. | Photos | Twitter | Webcam (in daylight)

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