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Compromise Reached in Honduras Coup Crisis

A deal has been reached in Honduras that will allow deposed President Manuel Zelaya to return to power. The legislature must approve the deal. The interim leader of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, had argued that the crisis would be resolved after the upcoming scheduled November 29 presidential election, but the international community pledged to not recognize the results if  Zelaya was not returned to power first. Micheletti contended in June that a coup was necessary because Zelaya had illegally changed the country’s constitution to allow him to run for a third term. The international community refused to recognize the coup as legal and maintained that Micheletti’s government was not valid. President Zelaya, who was threatened with arrest if he set foot on Honduran soil, has been staying in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras for more than a month, New York Times.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a 3-day trip to Pakistan where she met with government officials and military leaders.  Clinton urged cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan in their efforts to curb militant factions of the Taliban. However, Clinton also expressed skepticism that Pakistan was doing everything it could to capture al Qaeda leaders suspected of hiding in the northwestern mountainous areas along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Reuters.

Former French President Jacques Chirac has been ordered to stand trial for corruption charges dating back to his time as Mayor of Paris from 1977-1995. Chirac is alleged to have created fake government contracts in order to route city funds to his political party, BBC News.

ICANN, the international regulatory group that oversees internet domain names, will allow internet addresses to include non-Latin based characters, PC World.

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Bill Clinton in North Korea to Release Journalists

Former US President Bill Clinton flew to North Korea last night on an unannounced visit to negotiate the release of two American journalists who were convicted of trespassing on North Korean soil earlier this year. Laura Ling and Euna Lee are sentenced to 12 years in prison in North Korea. North Korea asked that in return for their release the US make an apology which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has done and that a high-profile American come to North Korea. Clinton is expected to return with the journalists released, ABC News. Profile of the jailed women, BBC News.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the release of three Americans being held in Iran. Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal were said to be hiking in the mountainous area on the border between the Kurdish region of Iraq and Iran when they were arrested for crossing the border into Iran. The United States has no diplomatic relationship with Iran and does not have an embassy in the country so the Swiss embassy is working on the release, CNN.

The Palestinian political group Fatah  is holding a conference, their first in 20 years. Fatah is the political party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The conference got off to a rocky start after Hamas, the group that controls much of the Gaza Strip, refused to allow 400 Fatah members to join the conference. Fatah is hoping to bring younger people into the party and to update its positions on the peace process, Al Jazeera.

The US Senate will begin debate on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court. The National Rifle Association has come out hard against her nomination but the Democratic majority is expected to confirm her this week. Watch the debate live on CSPAN2 starting at 10am EDT.

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