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Demonstrators Mark Int’l Day of Climate Action

Today is the International Day of Climate Action, CNN.  Check 350.org to find demonstrations in your area.

For more information on the immediate effect of global climate change, check out the show “Water World” by NOW on PBS. Slideshow, Coastal Crisis, NOW.

Products in Sweden will soon be required to include information about carbon emissions during production on their labels, New York Times.

The Pakistan military has taken a key town from Taliban fighters in South Waziristan. Kotkai is home to senior leaders of the Taliban in Pakistan, Reuters.  Profile of South Waziristan, BBC News. Q & A on the challenge of fighting in the region, BBC News.

Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $85 million of his own money on his Nov. 3 reelection campaign, according to campaign records. He may spend as much as $140 million before the race is over. Mayor Bloomberg’s opponent, Democrat William C. Thompson, Jr., has spent about $6 million. Bloomberg now holds the record for spending more of his own money than anyone else in U.S. history on pursuing public office, New York Times.

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China’s Billionaires Bounce Back From Economic Crisis

China now boasts 130 individuals worth more than $1 billion U.S. At the top of the list is auto entrepreneur Huang Guangyu, Reuters.

Pakistan has started its military offensive in South Waziristan. Pakistani officials say that 80 percent of militants attacks are planned in the region. Bombers destroyed 15 houses in the Makeen, Ladha and Barwand regions of South Waziristan. Ground troops will go into the area later this week, Associated Press.

U.S. President Barack Obama has approved 13,000 support troops to be sent to Afghanistan. The troops will be medical officers and engineers, etc, not combat troops. The lead general in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has said that he needs a significant increase in troops if the mission has a chance of succeeding, Voice of America.  Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he would welcome more troops. Karzai is still under heat for the widespread fraud reported during the recent presidential election, Reuters.

Though neither qualified for the 2010 World Cup, teams from Turkey and Armenia will play a football match on Wednesday as part of the renewed diplomatic relations between the two countries, AFP.

One family’s battle with cancer has become a battle for health care, CNN.

“I don’t think I could bear to listen to those words again. … ‘You have cancer,’ ” Elder said. “I’ve said to my husband, if I start to get sick, just set me up with a nice pill cocktail on a beach, because nobody cares. That’s the message you hear every day from insurance companies.”

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