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Afghan Votes Excluded; Airstrike Investigated; Rescue Criticized

The U.N.-backed Afghan Election Fraud Commission has excluded votes from 83 polling places, Associated Press.

A Nato probe of the airstrike that targeted two stolen fuel tankers near Kunduz, Afghanistan and also resulted in significant civilians casualties has determined that the German Nato commander who ordered the strike overstepped his bounds, AFP.

Nato’s also been criticized regarding the rescue of kidnapped journalist Stephen Farrell. Farrell’s translator, the Afghan journalist Sultan Munadi was killed in the rescue along with two other civilians and a British solider, CNN.

Japan’s death row conditions are so harsh that many prisoners are going insane reports Amnesty International. 102 people are currently on death row in Japan where criminal trials have a 99% conviction rate. Prisoners are completely isolated and are not allowed out of their cells except  brief exercise sessions. One man has been on death row for 40 years, BBC News.

A stampede at a crowded school in Delhi, India resulted in the death of 5 girls and injured at leat 30, IBN.

A Republican member of the California Assembly, Michael Duvall, resigned yesterday after he was inadvertently recorded bragging about affairs he was having with two women, New York Times.

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NY Times Journalist Rescued in Afghanistan

A British journalist working for the New York Times, Stephen Farrell, who was captured by Taliban militants while he was reporting on the airstrikes that struck two fuel tankers outside Kunduz in northern Afghanistan earlier this week, has been rescued in a dramatic mission by Nato forces. Mr. Farrell’s translator Sultan Munadi, an Afghan journalist, was killed during the rescue as well as a British Nato soldier. Farrell had previously been kidnapped in 2004 in Fallajuh, Iraq, New York Times. Stephen Farrell’s NY Times Blog. A moving essay by Sultan Munadi on his committment to Afghanistan, Hell? No. I Won’t Go.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case involving the release of a documentary about Hillary Clinton. Filmmakers attempted to release “Hillary: The Movie” during Clinton’s 2009 primary run for the Democratic nomination but were blocked because of campaign finance laws. The decision of the Court will have far-reaching implications, including whether political speech by unions and corporations is protected, Associated Press. Video is not allowed in Supreme Court arguments, but C-SPAN will have audio. Oral arguments are scheduled to start at 11:30 am EDT. C-SPAN’s Supreme Court Homepage. Discussion of the case and its significance, Bill Moyers Journal.

Heavy rains have caused intense flooding in Istanbul, Turkey. 28 people have died, CNN International.

NASA is considering supplementing its budget with private funds, BBC News.

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