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Attacks in Iraq & Pakistan on Shias during religious festival

27 Shiite pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Karabala in Iraq were killed when a suicide car bomber struck. Over 60 were injured. Violent car bombings had increased in Iraq in the lead-up to the March 7 parliamentary elections, Wall St. Journal.

2 bombs in Pakistan also targeted Shiite Muslims, BBC News. Ethnic violence in Karachi, Pakistan, Al Jazeera.

4 British politicians, including 3 members of parliament, have been charged of theft in an expense scandal. Politicians charged personal expenses to their government accounts, Times Online.

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Lack of Access to Contraceptives Major Killer of Women Worldwide

In a new report, the World Health Organization says that AIDS is the leading cause of death and disease in women aged 15 to 44 worldwide. Throughout the world, one in five deaths among women in this age group is linked to unprotected sex and lack of access to contraceptives, NPR. WHO press release on the report. Factsheet on women’s health, WHO. WHO report: Women and Health (pdf).

“Women generally live longer than men, but their lives are not necessarily healthy or happy,” Margaret Chan, the head of the United Nations health agency, said at the WHO on Monday.

25 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack at a market in Charsadda, Pakistan near the Afghan border today, Los Angeles Times.

The D.C. sniper, John Allen Muhammad, will be executed by lethal injection tonight unless Virginia Governor Tim Kaine intervenes. Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002, Washington Post.

A memorial service will be held this afternoon at Fort Hood to honor the 13 killed and 30 wounded in last Thursday’s shooting by Army psychologist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan,  USA Today.

Google will be offering free wi-fi to travelers in 47 U.S. airports until January 15, 2010, Daily Tech.

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Last Minute Campaigning in Germany Before the Polls Tomorrow

Germans will take to the polls tomorrow to decide whether current chancellor Angela Merkel will continue to lead the country.  Her leading challenger is Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a member of the Social Democratic Party, Bloomberg.

Thousands took to the streets in the West Bank yesterday to protest the deaths of 3 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid earlier this week, AFP.

16 people have died in 2 suicide car bombs in northwest Pakistan. Pakistan’s military worked to drive members of the Taliban away from that area, which borders Afghanistan, earlier this year and the region was quiet for awhile but it now appears that Taliban members are returning along with violence, BBC News.

More from behind the scenes on the reveal of Iran’s second uranium enrichment facility, including the secret messages that tipped off the U.S., New York Times. Iran will allow UN inspectors into the site, Associated Press.

Paul G. Kirk, Jr., a former businessman and lobbyist, was sworn as an interim appointment to the Massachusetts seat of the U.S. Senate left empty by the passing of Edward Kennedy. Kirk will serve until a special election is held on January 19, Boston Globe.

In his weekly address, President Obama discusses progress made at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh earlier this week. The most notable outcome of the Summit was the declaration that the G-20 (Group of 20) would surpass the G-8 as the dominant forum for international cooperation. The G-20 was expanded from the G-8 (Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and Russia) to include developing nations including China, Mexico, and India. Transcript.

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