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Last Minute Campaigning in Germany Before the Polls Tomorrow

Germans will take to the polls tomorrow to decide whether current chancellor Angela Merkel will continue to lead the country.  Her leading challenger is Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a member of the Social Democratic Party, Bloomberg.

Thousands took to the streets in the West Bank yesterday to protest the deaths of 3 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid earlier this week, AFP.

16 people have died in 2 suicide car bombs in northwest Pakistan. Pakistan’s military worked to drive members of the Taliban away from that area, which borders Afghanistan, earlier this year and the region was quiet for awhile but it now appears that Taliban members are returning along with violence, BBC News.

More from behind the scenes on the reveal of Iran’s second uranium enrichment facility, including the secret messages that tipped off the U.S., New York Times. Iran will allow UN inspectors into the site, Associated Press.

Paul G. Kirk, Jr., a former businessman and lobbyist, was sworn as an interim appointment to the Massachusetts seat of the U.S. Senate left empty by the passing of Edward Kennedy. Kirk will serve until a special election is held on January 19, Boston Globe.

In his weekly address, President Obama discusses progress made at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh earlier this week. The most notable outcome of the Summit was the declaration that the G-20 (Group of 20) would surpass the G-8 as the dominant forum for international cooperation. The G-20 was expanded from the G-8 (Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Russia) to include developing nations including China, Mexico, and India. Transcript.

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Red-Shirt Protests in Bangkok in Support of Thaksin

Massive crowds of red-shirt protesters gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on the third anniversary of the coup that took former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra out of power, BBC News. Anti-Thaksin groups (known for wearing yellow shirts) are also holding demonstrations at a temple that is at the heart of a dispute between Thailand and Cambodia. The temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, is currently within the borders of Cambodia and Cambodia officials have said military guards will fire on anyone from Thailand who crossed into Cambodia territory. Thai military and police have condoned off the area and are using checkpoints to keep people away from the border, Al Jazeera.

The head of NATO suggested that Russia, NATO, and the United States link their missile defense shields. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for increased cooperation between NATO and Russia, Associated Press. Factbox on missile defense, Reuters.

The Federal Communications  Commission will propose new rules, known as net neutrality, about the free flow of information online. The rules would prohibit internet providers from doing such things as blocking sites that use a lot of bandwidth, Associated Press. FAQ on net neutrality, CBC.

In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama discusses the global economic situation ahead of next week’s G20 summit in Pittsburgh. Transcript.

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NATO to Investigate Yesterday’s Deadly Airstrikes

A NATO team has arrived in Kunduz province in Afghanistan to investigate the airstrike that blew up two hijacked fuel tankers and killed 90 people (Taliban militants and civilians) yesterday. A German commander authorized the strike early Friday morning but a German patrol didn’t reach the area until 10 hours later, CNN International.

Al Jazeera has video of the aftermath of the incident.

After recent months of unrest and rioting, the head Communist Party official and the police chief of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China have both been fired, Xinhua. It is rare that Chinese officials are removed from power. Q & A: China and the Uighurs, BBC News.

UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw has admitted that oil was a factor in the deal to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi. al Megrahi is dying of cancer and was released from prison in Scotland to go home to Libya on “compassionate grounds.” The move was met with sharp disapproval by the U.S. as there were many American victims on Pan Am Flight 103, the plane the al Megrahi is convicted of bombing in 1988, CNN.

Amazon has apologized for deleting content its Kindle e-book device without user permission. In July Amazon deleted the George Orwell books “1984” and “Animal Farm” because the company discovere it did not have authorization to publish the books. The move sparked outrage and brought up questions of whether digital content is actually owned or just rented by the consumer, CNET.

President Obama’s Weekly Address looks forward to Labor Day (next Monday) and focuses on economic challenges ahead.

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