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Israeli airstrike in Gaza injures 11 amid fierce clashes

An Israeli airstrike has injured 11 people in the Gaza strip. Another strike 24-hours earlier hit two smuggling tunnels and a weapons manufacturing site. The strike occurred amid clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Fighting erupted after Israel announced plans to build 1600 new homes in East Jerusalem, which has prompted outrage from the U.S., Al Jazeera.

Massive protests continue in Thailand. The opposition “red shirts,” which aim to oust the current government, have planned marches around Bangkok for tomorrow and have succeeded in their attempts to hold non-violent rallies. 150,000 people participated in last Sunday’s march, and analysts believe the movement is winning many sympathizers, Reuters.

A reported mine collapse that is believed to have killed almost 200 people is being denied by the country’s government. Minister of Mineral Resources Alpha Kanu says he visited the site and no collapse occurred, BBC News.

Hot Topic: Economist Paul Krugman on healthcare reform.

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Featured: Student protests planned in U.S. today

University students and professors in over 30 states are taking part today in protests against slashed budgets. The protests began in California as a response to the state’s university system issuing $1 billion in budget cuts, which forced steep tuition increases and furloughs for professors, CNN. At the University of Georgia, proposed cuts could lay off almost 1,500 people, close 4H programs statewide, and shut down entire departments. The president of the university, Michael Adams, has stated the university is strongly opposed to the cuts, ABH.

The University of California-Santa Cruz has advised employees to not report for work today due to security concerns from the planned campus protest, Student Activism.

For updates on today’s protests and more resources, follow Student Activism’s blog or their Twitter.

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Poor Nations Stage Walk-out of Climate Talks

Complaining that developed countries aren’t doing enough to cut their own emissions, delegates from poor nations walked out on talks at the climate change summit in Copenhagen today, AFP. At issue is whether the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which required wealthy nations to cut their emissions but was not signed by the United States, will be continued or ignored.

More than 100,000 people protested in the streets of Copenhagen over the weekend as the talks entered their second week, New York Times.

The 22nd anniversary of the political/militant group Hamas is being celebrated in Gaza City today with massive rallies, Al Jazeera. Who are Hamas?, BBC News.

Gunmen in the Philippines releases 47 hostages after securing promises from the government that they would not be arrested for the hostage-taking or for previous crimes, Al Jazeera.

Britain’s former director of public prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, issued a scathing condemnation of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his role in convincing the British people to accept joining the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, CNN. Macdonald’s editorial, Times Online.

Democrat Annise Parker, a Houston city controller who is also openly gay, defeated Republican Gene Locke in a run-off election to be mayor of Houston, Houston Chronicle.  Analysis of the race, including how Parker’s sexual orientation was not much of an idea, 538.

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Climate Change Summit Opens in Copenhagen

The highly anticipated world climate change summit opened in Copenhagen, Denmark today.  The goal of the summit is for participating countries to agree to targets for emission reduction and to decide how reaching those targets will be paid for, New York Times. Summit Q & A, BBC News. The summit in pictures, BBC News.  Obstacles to an agreement, ABC. Timeline of the history of the politics of climate change starting in 1820, New York Times.

Students in Iran clashed with police on college campuses today. Today is a state holiday in Iran commemorating the deaths of 3 students killed under the Shah of Iran in 1953. Protesters of the current government, while heavily restricted most of the time, use state sponsored marches and holidays as opportunities to briefly show support for the movement for reform, Times Online. Find more information on CDB’s Iran page.

Somali protesters marched in the capital city of Mogadishu today to show their anger at terrorist attacks by the militant group al-Shabab that controls much of the country, BBC News.

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Election News from Around the World

According to polls, Evo Morales, the incumbent president of Bolivia is poised for reelection. Morales previously sponsored a referendum that allowed him to seek a second term. Morales is the country’s first indigenous president, BBC News.

A run-off vote for president was held in Romania today. Current President Traian Basescu is running against former Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana. Geoana was leading in the polls going into the election. The run-off election follows a November 22 election that was marked with fraud. The third place finisher in that election dropped out and gave his support to Geoana in the run-off, Bloomberg.

Political instability continues in Honduras. Though conservative Porfirio Lobo Sosa won last Sunday’s vote, some countries, including Argentina, Brazil, and Spain, are still not recognizing the legitimacy of the election because ousted President Manuel Zelaya was not returned to power before the election. The voter turnout numbers are now being analyzed to see if an argument can be made that the election represented the will of the citizens of Honduras, CNN.

Iraq’s parliament has missed a deadline that would have approved elections for January 2010. Iraq has two vice presidents who both have veto power and Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi vowed to not approve new election rules unless greater representation for Iraq’s Sunni population was included.  Iraq does not currently have reliable census information. The UN has suggested February 27 as a new target date for an election, Al Jazeera.

Protesters clashed with police in Athens, Greece on the 1st anniversary of the police shooting of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Two officers charged with his death will begin trial next year, BBC News.

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Live Post: Large Protest in Tehran

Reports are surfacing from Tehran, Iran that thousands of people are taking to the streets on this 30th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy. Protests have been occurring since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection in June, with hundreds arrested since then. Dozens have been killed, including Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot in the chest by police on June 2o as she was watching the protests. Neda subsequently became the face of the Green movement.

Right now, twitterers are reporting that shots have been fired, but it is not clear if they were fired in the air or into the crowd. Several Metro stations (Hafte Tir, Taleghani, Davazdeh Davlat and Ferdowsi) have been closed to thwart more people from joining the crowds, which are apparently growing by the minute.

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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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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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