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Karzai Agrees to Runoff Election

The CDC reports that over half of those hospitalized with the H1N1 virus in the U.S. are under the age of 25. Only seven percent are over the age of 65, and 12 percent of deaths from the virus are elderly. This is a huge difference from the seasonal flu, which finds that 90 percent killed and 60 percent hospitalized are over the age of 65, Reuters.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed to a runoff election after a UN report found that there was no way for Karzai to have legally won the August presidential election. At the press conference, Karzai was joined by U.S. Senator John Kerry, who is credited with pressuring Karzai to agree to a runoff. The vote will occur on Nov. 7th, Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. Senate passed a bill today allowing Guantanamo Bay detainees to be tried on U.S. soil. The bill states that the government must be provided with an assessment of security risks before an inmate can be brought to the the U.S. The passing is seen as a positive step in helping close the prison, BBC News.

Hot Topic: Leader of China’s Uighur Minority Builds a Stage Across the Globe.

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Judge Sotomayor Confirmed by U.S. Senate

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court bench. 9 Republicans voted for her and she was easily confirmed with a 68-31 vote. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic to serve on the court’s bench, CNN.

The Senate also voted today to provide $2bn for the “cash for clunkers” program, which allows drivers to trade in their fuel inefficient vehicles for newer ones. The program has proved to be immensely popular and blew through it’s budget quickly after 250,000 cars were traded in in a single week, USA Today.

Writer-director John Hughes, noted for his hit ’80s and ’90s movies like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, has died at the age of 59. His spokeswoman said he had a heart attack while walking this morning in Manhattan. Hughes is also known for Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Home Alone, USA Today.

Officials in Pakistan are trying to confirm reports that the Taliban leader in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud, has been killed in the country. Reports say he was killed in a missile attack on a relative’s home and his family has confirmed that one of his wives has been killed, BBC News.

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Plot to Kill UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Found Out

Lebanon officials say they have detained 10 Islamic militants suspected of plotting to attack soldiers and UN peacekeepers. An official says those arrested are part of a faction of al-Qaeda and were smuggling fighters into the country, BBC News.

The U.S. Senate voted 58-40 today to remove $1.75b from a bill that would have paid for the manufacture of seven F-22 jets. The vote is seen as a win for President Obama who is trying to cut defense spending. The company Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-22, will instead focus on building the cheaper F-35 fighter planes, AP.

An independent investigator has found that Gov. Sarah Palin (who officially vacates the seat in five days) may have violated ethics laws by accepting money from a PAC to pay legal fees. The Alaska Fund Trust, started in April by Palin’s friends and supporters, is being used to pay for Palin’s legal fees as she battles ethics claims, Anchorage Daily News.

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