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Today’s Vote Could End Crisis in Honduras

Voters in Honduras are at the polls today to select the country’s next president. According to polls, conservative candidate Porfirio Lobo of the National Party is in the lead while the Liberal Party candidate, Elvin Santos, trails behind. Both Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran president who was deposed in June after he tried to change the country’s constitution so that he would be eligible to run for a third term in office, and Roberto Micheletti, the man who has been acting president since then, are members of the Liberal Party, Christian Science Monitor.

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has given up some of the presidential power that was expanded when his predecessor was in office. Presidential power was greatly expanded under President Pervez Musharraf who was a military general. Zardari moved control of the civilian seat on the National Command Authority which controls Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal to the office of the Prime Minister, New York Times.

The state news agency of Iran reported that the Iranian parliament has approved the construction of 10 new uranium enrichment nuclear facilities. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has called for Iran to halt production of a recently discovered nuclear facility at Qom, CNN.

Rwanda has become the 54th country to be admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations and the second to be admitted without a British colonial past. The Commonwealth is a voluntary intergovernmental organization of member states that developed as former members of the British empire developed their own governments, BBC News.

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More Details on Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Malik Hasan Emerge

More information is available on Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychologist who opened fire at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas yesterday killing 13 people and injuring 30. Although he was initially reported to have been killed, it is now known that Hasan was shot several times by a civilian police officer and is unconscious and under armed guard at a local hospital. Hasan, the son of Palestinian parents who was born in Virginia, is a lifelong Muslim but did not appear to be an extremist. He was harassed after the September 11th attacks. Recently, he had expressed dissatisfaction with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was suspected of posting comments on the internet that seemed to praise suicide bombers, Associated Press.  Witnesses say Hasan was calm and methodical during the shootings, ABC News. Hasan was said to have joined the Army in exchange for college fees and to have tried to gain release from his contract but was denied, Times Online. Hansan’s aunt says he even offered to repay his medical training in exchange for discharge. His aunt said that Hasan’s work as a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center left him deeply disturbed and fearful of being deployed to Iraq, Washington Post.

Civilian police responded to the shooting within 3 minutes of the attack. Sgt. Kimberly Munley is being hailed as a hero for bringing down Hasan despite being shot herself, Associated Press.

Timeline of the shootings, BBC News.

In Yokohama, near Toyko, Japan, a gunman injured 3 debt-collectors before killing himself. The gunman was a member of organized crime in Japan. Violence, especially gun violence, is rare in Japan and is usually associated with the Japanese mafia (yakuza), BBC News.

The deal that would have restored political order in Honduras appears to have fallen through. Ousted president Manuel Zelaya says that he was unable to join the de facto government that has controlled the country since June 28 when Honduran military forced him to leave the country. Roberto Micheletti has been acting as the country’s leader since Zelaya’s exile. An upcoming scheduled presidential election is expected to proceed as planned but the United States has said the outcome will not be recognized as valid unless Zelaya is returned to power first, New York Times.

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Honduras Lifts Emergency Decree Curtailing Civil Liberties

Honduras has restored civil liberties that were suspended by an emergency decree in September. The decree also shut down two radio stations that supported ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya is currently holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras. He was threatened with arrest in a military coup in June. Zelaya’s opponents, led by de facto President Roberto Micheletti, claim Zelaya was attempting to illegally change the country’s constitution so that he could serve a longer term as president. The international community has condemned the coup and refused to accept Mr. Micheletti as the Honduran head of state. Talks brokered by the Organization of American States are expected to commence this week in an effort to resolve the crisis, BBC News.

Ohio Governor Ted Stickland issued orders to delay two scheduled executions today. The decision comes after an execution that was aborted in September because executioners could not find a suitable vein for a lethal injection in a prisoner, Reuters.

The U.S. Supreme Court began its 2009-2010 term today with new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Washington Post. The Supreme Court declined to hear 2,000 cases, New York Times.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new rules about product information and online reviews. The guidelines will include bloggers and will require websites disclose free gifts and payments made for product reviews. The FTC also said that questionable products can no longer be sold with the diclaimer “results not typical,” Associated Press. How will music blogs be affected by the new rules? Idolator.

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