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Obama Receives Request for More Troops in Afghanistan

Italy’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, has overturned a law that allowed the Prime Minister to be immune from prosecution. The decision will allow a bribery trial against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to continue. Berlusconi says he will not resign, Los Angeles Times.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has requested President Obama send up to 40,000 more U.S. and NATO led soldiers to the war-torn country.104,000 soldiers are already stationed in Afghanistan, but efforts against the Taliban have stalled, New York Times.

A new ring has been detected around Saturn. The ring is about eight million miles away from the planet and is believed to be made up of fragments from Saturn’s moon Phoebe. The pieces of dust from Phoebe have also been seen on another of Saturn’s moons, Iapetus, which may solve the mystery of why Iapetus is two-toned, BBC News.

A tsunami warning was issued for 11 Pacific nations today after two huge underwater earthquakes hit. A 7.8 and 7.3 struck between Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The warning has since expired and there are no reports of damage or injuries, Sky News.

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July Deadliest Month for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced the country plans to add 22,000 more troops to the army over the next three years. The extra troops will be used for the offensives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gates is also proposing to end the use of the F-22 by the military, saying the plane is no longer useful, BBC News.

The AP reports that the fight in Iran over last month’s disputed election results is deepening, but between religious leaders instead of street protesters. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, had backed the results, but has seen opposition from inside the government, including from cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The cleric’s support “gives the movement new life and an advocate within the clerical power structures,” AP.

Four more U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan, making this the deadliest month for troops since the war began in 2001. The troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern part of the country. With 11 days left in the month, over 30 U.S. soldiers have been killed so far in July, AP.

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Israel Tries to Save the Sea of Galilee

An attack at a wedding ceremony in Turkey’s Mardin province killed at least 45, six of them children, today. Grenades and automatic weapons were used in the attack, but the mayor of Mardin has said the attack does not appear to be terr0r-related. Some reports say it was the families of the bride and groom that were fighting, BBC News.

A Pakistani spoke to the New York Times about the troop surge in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s new strategy. The source told the Times that the terrorist group were planning to move in and out of Pakistan, counting on the fact that troops can not reach them in Afghanistan’s neighboring country, NY Times.

The Boston Globe is still alive after the newspaper’s owner extending talks with unions to save one of the U.S.’s top papers. The Globe’s owner, the New York Times, says it will shut down the paper if agreements are not reached to lower salaries and pensions, BBC News.

The Israeli government has issued an emergency in order to help save the Sea of Galilee, a place where Christians believe Jesus performed miracles such as walking on water. The body of water is in an environmental disaster as mismanagement and drought has killed most wildlife, Sky News.

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