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Breaking: 2010 World Cup Groups Set

Group G is considered the “Group of Death” with strong records from Brazil, Portugal, and rising power Ivory Coast. The 1st and 2nd from each group and 3rd and 4th teams will play each other first. A schedule can be found here.

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Obama Plans to Remove Troops from Afghanistan in 2011

In a live address at West Point, President Obama outlined his plan for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, adding 30,000 troops and looking to pull all from the country by the end of 2011. He also seeks to pull all combat brigades from Iraq next year. President Obama’s full remarks can be found here.

Today, December 1st, is World Aids Day. In honor, South Africa has pledged to treat all babies under the age of one who are HIV-positive. In the country, 59,000 babies are born infected every year, but the government has in the past avoided treating them because drugs are too costly, BBC News.

The CEO of General Motors, Frederick “Fritz” Henderson, stepped down today from his post after eight months on the job. The company plans to start an international search for the open presidential and CEO positions, NPR.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has condemned Switzerland for banning minarets, the tall spires with conical crowns commonly found on Islamic mosques. 57.5 percent of the Swiss population approved the ban on constructing new minarets, but Pillay is worried the ban will cause deep division in the country, Voice of America.

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Over 100 Arrested in South Africa Protests

Protests in South Africa are increasing and over 100 people have been arrested this week alone. The protesters, mostly in townships, say they are lacking basic services, such as water and housing. President Zuma has pledged to eradicate poverty, but this comes amidst South Africa’s worst recession in almost two decades, BBC News.

A retired soldier killed a woman today at the Fort Lewis Post Exchange before turning the gun on himself. The man, a 59-year-old retired soldier, is in critical condition and it is not known if he knew the woman he killed, USA Today.

The complete opening remarks of President Obama’s news conference on healthcare can be found here (via BNO). The New York Times is also liveblogging the conference here.

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Peru Overturns Two Controversial Land Laws

Peru has overturned two land laws that allowed a free trade agreement with the U.S. The laws sparked violence between the government and tribes that live on the land, who were not consulted about the use of the land. 34 people were killed in the violence, BBC News.

A shocking survey shows that one out of four South African men have raped someone, with more than hald of those saying they had raped more than one person. 73% who had admitted raping said they did so for the first time before the age of 20, BBC News.

The U.S. is tracking a North Korean ship that it believed to be possibly carrying weapons. An official said the U.S. would use UN protocol to ask permission to board the ship to search for weapons, CNN.

Read the New York Times’ blog for coverage on today’s events in Iran.

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Abortion Doctor Murdered in Kansas

A Kansas doctor who performed abortions was shot and killed this morning at his church. Dr. George Tiller, 67, ran a women’s clinic in Wichita and was one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions. The clinic has been the center of many protests since it opened and in 1993 he was shot in both arms by Shelley Shannon, a pro-life supporter. Police say they have a suspect in custody, but no further details have been released, CNN.

Millvina Dean, the last Titanic survivor, has died in her sleep at the age of 97. Dean was only nine weeks old when she sailed on the famous ship that sunk in 1912, killing 1,517 people, BBC News.

55 pilot whales were found stranded on a beach near Cape Town in South Africa yesterday. 20 have been returned to the water and bulldozers are being used to help save the others, but some did not survive and others were put down. Pilot whales are actually members of the dolphin family and are generally between 16-20 feet long, BBC News.

In one of the biggest upsets in French Open history, the number one player in the world, Rafael Nadal, was defeated today in the fourth round of play by Sweden’s Robin Soderling. Nadal was competing for his fifth straight French Open title and had never lost on the court, ESPN.

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Two Mysterious Deaths at Thai Resort

An American tourist’s death at a Thai resort is raising lots of questions. Jill St. Onge, 27, from Seattle was on vacation on Phi Phi island with her fiancee when she began vomiting in her room and eventually passed away less than a day after becoming sick. A 22-year-old Norwegian tourist died last month at the same resort, CNN.

Jacob Zuma has been officially sworn in as South Africa’s new president. President Zuma, who is immensely popular in the country, has vowed reconciliation in the African state and to improve his people’s lives, BBC News.

A UN peacekeeper was shot and killed in southern Darfur during a carjacking. The officer was killed while parking his car in front of his home. The man’s name and nationality have not yet been released, Sky News.

Roxana Saberi, the American journalist jailed in Iran for spying, has had her court date moved up in the Middle Eastern country. An appeals court will hear her case after she was sentenced to eight years of prison. The appeal was supposed to be heard Tuesday, but will now be heard this Sunday, giving her lawyers less time to review the case. Officials said that the original date of the case was a mistake, CNN.


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Officials Fear Health Epidemic as Swine Flu Spreads, Kills 68

Breaking: The death toll from the swine flu virus has risen to 68 in Mexico. Mexico City has shut down schools, libraries, museums, and other public buildings to attempt to thwart the spread of the virus. The CDC has confirmed that the strain is the same that sickened 8 people in California and Texas. According to the CDC, drugs Tamiflu and Relenza seem to work against the virus effectively and Roche, the makers of Tamiflu, are prepared to distribute it widely if needed, MSNBC.

Sources tell BNO News that testing is being done on 75 New York City school children who have fallen in with flu-like symptoms. We’ll update as details become available, BNO. The testing is being done at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. The results could take several days, WCBSTV.

BBC News has crafted a helpful swine flu Q&A here.

In other news, we reported yesterday that the Taliban had taken over a key area of Pakistan, the town of Buner. Today, the Taliban have announced they are withdrawing from the area thanks to a negotiated peace deal, BBC News.

The African National Congress party have won a majority of the votes in South Africa’s elections. When Parliament meets next month, the ANC will name Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s new president. Zuma has made contrvoersial remarks on teen pregnancy and gay marriage, but he remains a popular fgure in the country, Sky News.

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U.S. Government to Buy Toxic Bonds

The Dalai Lama was refused a visa to enter South Africa. He had planned to attend an international peace conference in Johannesburg, which was meeting to highlight South Africa’s advances on human rights issues in advance of South Africa hosting the World Cup in 2010.  A South African official said that the attendance of the Dalai Lama would shift world focus away from the World Cup and onto the problems of Tibet and China. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President F. W. deKirk have said they will boycott the event if South Africa does not relent, CNN.

Mexico has offered informants 30 million pesos ($2 million USD) for information lending to the arrest of any of the 24 leaders of drug cartels. Mexico has seen drug-related violence skyrocket in response to tougher drug enforcement strategies under current President Felipe Calderón, BBC News.

The stock market soared today after Treasury Secretary Geithner met with Congress to discuss his new economic plan. The increase was the highest one day jump since November, with almost 500 points added to the Dow, CNN.

And the #1 World News Story: U.S. federal government announces plan to buy troubled (popularly known as “toxic”). Washington plans to inject up to $1 trillion into the economy by buying non-performing loans and securities, including the now essentially worthless mortgage-backed securities that started the financial crisis.  The Obama administration hopes to create a market that will bring value back to the assets, CBC News.

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