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Continuing Situation in Iran: Mousavi Officially Disputes Election

Security forces have surrounded areas of Tehran and leaders of opposition and reform movements are under house arrest. Cell phone service has been restored in Tehran, but text messaging is still unavailable. The Iranian government has told some journalists to leave and has blocked publishing of reformist newspapers in Iran. Mohammad Ali Abtahi told media that more than 100 reformists were arrested last night, Guardian. Government officials have shut down the Tehran bureau of Al-Arabiya for at least a week, Al Bawaba.

Mousavi, the leading reformist candidate, issued a formal appeal to the Guardian Council according to his website, Al Jazeera. Mousavi’s letter to the people urges peaceful dissent. Al Jeezera also has a helpful outline of the political system in Iran, which is headed by a supreme leader who is the political and spiritual leader of Iran. The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has held this position since 1989.

Allegations of fraud are widespread. The New York Times reports that “One employee of the Interior Ministry, which carried out the vote count, said the government had been preparing its fraud for weeks, purging anyone of doubtful loyalty and importing pliable staff members from around the country.”

President Ahmadinejad held a rally in Tehran today to celebrate his election victory. BBC News has thee video.

In other news, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netayahu will give a speech today in response to President Obama’s recent speech in Cairo on Mid-East relations. Netanyahu is expected to address two concerns: creation of a Palestinian state and the settlement of Israelis in disputed lands, Voice of America.

The leader of an anti-illegal immigrant “minuteman” splinter groups has been charged in a double homicide in Arizona. Shawna Forde, leader of Minuteman American Defense, and Jason Eugene Bush, operations director of the group, planned, along with another man, to rob the home of a suspected drug dealer in order to fund the organization. The group killed a man and his daughter and wounded his wife as she returned gunfire on the attackers. All three are in police custody and have each been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Associated Press.

President Obama declared today, Flag Day, the start of National Flag week and urged all Americans to fly the flag, Fox News. Today also marks the birthday of our editor, Katy. Happy Birthday Katy!

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India’s Stock Market Closed Due to Euphoria

The stock market in India was closed today because it was been going up too fast. Confidence in the Indian economy has soared since the election results came in over the weekend. The Sensex index was up 17% and the rupee is at a two decade high, Bloomberg.

Sri Lanka has announced that Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed while “trying to escape” from the war zone. The civil war, which lasted 26 years, appears to be over. Over 200,000 Tamils are living in refugee camps. The world’s hope is that relief workers and media will soon be let into the area, Christian Science Monitor.

The closed trial of Burmese democracy leader Suu Kyi has begun, Gulf News.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, DC to meet with President Obama today. Obama is expected to press Netanyahu on the two-state solution for its conflict with Palestine, CNN.

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Quakes Shake Afghanistan

Two earthquakes hit the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan east of Kabul. At least 22 are dead and dozens injured, Hindustan Times.

Thai “Yellow Shirt” leader survives attempted assassination. Opponents shot Sondhi Limthingkul in the head as he was riding in a car, but he has survived, Christian Science Monitor.

Take two: Mumbai terror trial begins again today. The trial of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab that was delayed on Wednesday when his attorney was removed for conflict of interest has resumed. Kasab is accused of being the only living member of the group that conducted the Mumbai terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of more than 160 people last year, CNN International.

4 founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail in Sweden, the Local. The Local also reports that a Pirate Bay server confiscated by the Swedish police is on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology Stockholm – make your travel plans now!

A Pakistan aid conference hosted by Japan has raised more than $6 billion. Of the $6 billion Japan and the U.S. are both pledging $1 billion each, BBC News.

U.S. envoy George Mitchell meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today and later with the Prime Minister, Salam Fayad, United Press International. Bloggers are reporting that Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, has said Obama expects to see the Two State solution implemented by the end of his first term, Talking Points Memo.

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