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Rebels in Sudan sign ceasefire

In a power-sharing deal with current President Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese rebels known as the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem) signed a ceasefire agreement. Jem already controls much of Sudan’s capital city of Darfur, BBC News. Sudan has freed 57 rebels as part of the agreement, Reuters.

Ten of thousands are on strike in Greece over budget-cutting measures by the Greek government, Wall St. Journal.

A court in Italy has ruled that a video posted on Google Video violated privacy. Google has met with resistance in European markets, New York Times.

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Honduras Imposes Curfew After Zelaya Returns

Honduras has imposed a curfew from 4pm to 7am local time as ousted President Manuel Zelaya makes his return to the country. Zelaya is currently inside the Brazilian embassy. Interim leader Roberto Micheletti has called for Brazil to hand over Zelaya and says Brazil will be held responsible for any violence, BBC News.

More than 100 people have been killed by militiamen in southern Sudan in ethnic clashes. The UN says the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked civilians and security forces, possibly in retaliation for the deaths of 185 Lou Nuer members last month in the same area, BBC News.

Six people have been killed as flooding in the Southeast U.S. continues. Five of the six killed were in the Atlanta area and many schools have been closed, MSNBC.

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Century’s Longest Solar Eclipse Crosses Over Asia

Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has been called to court in Islamabad to explain himself in an investigation of his removal of 60 judges. In 2007, Musharraf suspended the constitution, declared a state of emergency and sacked the judges who he feared might rule against him, IBN.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague has ruled to redefine a disputed area in Sudan. The Abyei region has rich oil deposits and is fought over by the Muslim north and the Christian south. Both sides have said they will respect the ruling which sought to divide access to the area’s resources equally. South Sudan will hold a vote in 2010 on whether to become a separate country. The violence in Darfur, which is in a separate region, will not be effected by the court ruling, Associated Press.

Amnesty International has released a new report about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, Los Angeles Times.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will meet with US President Barack Obama today. The pair will hold a joint press conference at the White House today at 3pm EDT. Watch live at Whitehouse.gov/live.

President Obama will also hold a primetime press conference tonight at 8pm EDT. It will be carried on the networks as well as live at Whitehouse.gov/live.

Millions turned out in Asia to catch today’s solar eclipse, the longest eclipse of this century, CNN. Images of today’s solar eclipse: Xinhua, IBN.

Stunning video of the eclipse from all across Asia from BBC News.

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Suicides in U.S. Army Continue to Increase

U.S. Army statistics show that the suicide rate among soldiers is rising at a record pace. 17 soldiers were either confirmed or believed to have committed suicide in the month of May. So far this year, there are 82 suspected/confirmed cases, which will most certainly pass last year’s 133 deaths, the most ever, CNN.

Sudan is allowing four aid agencies back into the country after ousting them from Darfur in March. Care International, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, and Padco will be allowed back in to help, as long as they slightly change their names and use different logos. The move is seen as a good sign for improving relations between aid agencies and the Sudanese government, BBC News.

Football club Real Madrid has paid a record-breaking 80M pounds to Manchester United in a transfer fee for star Cristiano Ronaldo. The fee is by far the highest in history. Man U. accepted the bid, allowing Real to begin talks with Ronaldo about a trade, BBC Sport.

American officials are reporting that they now have evidence that some al-Qaeda fighters are moving into Yemen and Somalia. Reports say leaders are among militants who have moved, and that they are in close contact with al-Qaeda members in Pakistan. The precense of the group especially in Somalia is troubling, as an Islamic militant group, the Shabab, are already threatening to topple the government, New York Times.

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Preakness Winner Rachel Alexandra Won’t Run Belmont Stakes

Phil Spector, a renowned U.S. music producer, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The jury in Spector’s 2007 trial failed to reach a decision, but his five month long trial this year found him guilty of second-degree murder, BBC News.

Officials say 250 people have been killed this week in central Sudan in battles between nomadic groups. 75 of those killed were policeman who were attacked by over 3,000 militants on horseback, BBC News.

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not race in the Belmont Stakes, the third race part of the Triple Crown. The filly was the first to win the Preakness in 85 years and was ridden by Calvin Borel, the jockey who won this year’s Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird. Borel will ride Mine That Bird in the Belmont, and if he wins the race, he will be the first jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races in one year on more than one horse, NY Times.

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North Korea to Fire Short-Range Missiles Tonight

Reports say North Korea will fire at least one short-range missile in the next few hours. The country has banned ships from entering the waters on their Western coast until after the test, BNO.

The four-year-old daughter of former boxer Mike Tyson has been severely injured after accidentally hanging herself. The girl was found by her brother with a cord from a treadmill around her neck. Her condition is listed as extremely critical, CNN.

An attack on a Sudan army base in Umm Baru has reportedly killed 63 people. 20 soldiers and 43 Darfur rebels were killed Justice and Equality Movement (Jem) rebels attacked the base. A spokesman said the military has since taken back control of the town, BBC News.

China has allowed a rare mass protest in the communist country amid a visit by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The protestors are calling for the U.S. to investigate human rights violations against China, Bloomberg.

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Minor Damage on the Atlantis Space Shuttle

The flight director of the space shuttle Atlantis has stated that there was some minor damage sustained to the craft after take-off yesterday. Four tiles have dings in them and tile experts will inspect the damage, but there seems to be little cause for concern. The crew will service the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time, CNN. Also, you can follow astronaut Mike Massimino on Twitter as he tweets from space.

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says all claims that the military has targeted civilians are false. The International Criminal Court has charged al-Bashir with war crimes, but the president said only rebels were targeted in Darfur, rebels who used civilians as human shields, and he would never send armed forces after civilians, BBC News.

Afghan officials are paying victims of last week’s U.S. air strike. The families of civilians killed will be given about $2000 for each person killed and $1000 for those injured. The air strike killed 140 civilians and 25 Taliban rebels, NPR.

Millions of people are going to the polls in India in the fifth and final day of voting. The process began a month ago and authorities have worked dilligetly to make sure more terrorist attacks like the November 2008 Mumbai attacks don’t occur again, Sky News.

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Stalker Suspected in Murder of Wesleyan Student Turns Himself In

Johanna Justin-Jinich, a 21 year-old student at Wesleyan University, was murdered on Wednesday by a stalker, Stephen P. Morgan. They two had both attended a summer course at New York University two years ago. Morgan harassed Justin-Jinich, calling her and sending emails. The police were notified but no charges were pressed. On Wednesday Morgan entered the Red and Black Cafe where Justin-Jinich worked and shot her seven times at point blank range with a semiautomatic handgun. Morgan milled around outside the cafe and even gave his name and number to police. Police interviews with the family later revealed Morgan as a suspect. On Thursday, after seeing his face in a newspaper at a convenience store, Morgan called police to turn himself in. Journals found in Morgan’s car indicate anti-Semitic beliefs and plots to rape and kill Justin-Jinich before going on a shooting rampage on the Wesleyan campus,  New York Times.

Half  million civilians are in the warzone in northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani government is encouraging civilians to flee so that they can minimize civilians casualties while using aerial bombardment and heavy artillery against the Taliban. Hospitals in Pakistan are overwhelmed by the number of sick and wounded, CNN. Images of the refugees, BBC News.

Sudan will allow aid agencies to expand operations. When the International Criminal Court put out an arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir in March, Sudan responded by expelling 13 aid groups, BBC News.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the international aid agency the Red Cross. Celebrate by giving blood. Photo exhibition “Our World at War” shows the human cost and aftermath of war. Today, May 8, is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

California wildfires continue to rage in 50 mph winds and air temperatures of 100 degrees. 18,000 have been ordered to evacuate near Santa Barbara and many homes, including multi-million dollar homes, have been destroyed by the fire, USA Today.

Flooding in Brazil from heavy rainfall continues. 241,000 people have been displaced. The Associated Press reports that not only do Brazilians have to cope with the loss of their homes, they must also battle aalligators and poisonous snakes as they trek through swollen rivers in search of food and shelter.

In more uplifting news, a homeless couple in Washington, DC were married with the help of members of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown who donated everything the couple needed for a beautiful wedding. Dante White, 28, has been homeless since he was thrown out of his mother’s house at the age of 14. Nhiahni Chestnut, who has struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol, met White nine years ago and fell in love. The couple will return to the DC streets after their two-night honeymoon in Virginia, Yahoo News.

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