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Appeal Trial Grants Amanda Knox's Request of Reviewing Evidence

CNN reports that Amanda Knox appealed her conviction of the murder of her British roommate on Saturday in the Italy.

Fox News reports that Knox won an important victory in her appeals, when the court ruled that it would allow an independent review of crucial DNA evidence. In the lower court trial, which convicted Knox of murder, this request was denied. The defense argues that DNA traces presented at the firs trial were inconclusive and may have been contaminated when they were analyzed.

Fox News reports that the court selected two experts from Rome's Sapienza University to review the evidence. The Prosecuting lawyer Giancarlo Costagliola opposed the review, stating that it was "useless" because "this court has all the elements to come to a decsion.

CNN reports that former American student Amanda Knox along with her former Italian boyfriend were convicted of killing Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found with her throat slashed in their shared villa in Perugia in November 2007. Knox was sentenced for 26 years in prison, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced for 25 years in prison. Both were found guilty of the murder.

Fox News reports that Knox has been in prison in Perugia since Nov. 6, 2007, four days after her roommate's body was found in their villa.

This news story is notable because it is a follow-up story on a case that previously received a lot of media attention. Many people are familiar with the Amanda Knox case and the charges against her and her boyfriend for being guilty of murder. This story is significant because it has the potential to change the ruling on this case. Not only is this a story that refreshes the public's memory of what happened in 2007, but because the court ruled that the evidence will be re-evaluated there is an opportunity for the charges to be changed.

I thought that the story was significant because it displays the significance of the court's rulings on cases, and also how evidence can be mishandled. Although the review has not begun yet, because the court ruled to allow a review it shows that there is potential that the evidence was manipulated. This shows the other side of news stories that deal with crime, not just the act and the punishment, but the manipulation that can take place to charge a suspect.



Speculation of Coruption in FIFA's Decision

Associated Press reports there has been speculation of corruption surrounding FIFA's decision to have the 2018 and 2022 World Cup of Soccer hosted in Russia and Qatar. FIFA President Sepp Blatter insists FIFA is not corrupt, but made the decision because soccer's world governing body needs to improve its image.

An opinion piece in the University of Pennsylvania's student newspaper claims that the decision to have the World Cup in Qatar is irresponsible because of the country's lack of human rights. The student writes that the event will be tainted by forced slave labor, reporting that Qatar does not comply with the minimum human trafficking standards.

Other countries also have are upset with FIFA's decision. New Zealand's 3 News reports that a senior member of Australia's World Cup bid, Steve Hargitay, has accused FIFA of being dishonest. Hargitay also advised the England bid team that they were lied to by FIFA. Hargitay believes the biggest mistake made by Australia was to play it clean.

The Associated Press reports that Blatter stands behind his organization. "I'll say it clearly; there is no systematic corruption at FIFA," said Blatter. "That's nonsense."

Associated Press reports that FIFA's ethics courts suspended two of Blatter's executive committee colleagues from taking part in balloting after they had been accused of bribe-taking and vote-rigging by a British newspaper.

3 News reports that it has been revealed that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held secret meetings with FIFA's executive committee prior to being named the host of the upcoming World Cup.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Aussie-World-Cup-delegate-calls-FIFA-corrupt/tabid/415/articleID/189688/Default.aspx

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/08/AR2010120803773.html

http://www.flyernews.com/articles/id/6351

Israeli WIldfire

CBS News reports that this is the worst wildfire in Israeli history. Despite efforts by Israeli firefighters and crews from around the world. The fire has killed 41 citizens and forced seventeen thousand others to leave their homes. Two teenage boys arrested for negligent conduct.

CNN reports that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel did not prepare itself in any type of manner for this intensive of a forest fire. High winds and drought contributed to the rapid spread of the wildfire. Roni Sofar, a photographer witnessed a bus, carrying prison cadets on their way to evacuation, catch on fire. In less than a minute the bus and people inside were on fire. The photographer, along with the other drivers on the road made a U-turn in an effort to escape the flames, only to be met by another wall of fire. Sofar chose to drive through the flames, and he and his passengers escaped unharmed. The other drivers, including two police cars and the bus, stayed on the road to wait for rescue. These forty drivers and passengers were killed by the fire.

CBS News reports that the fire has been spreading for three days in Northern Israel. Firefighting aircrafts and helicopters from the Region, European Union, and Russia have come to aid the efforts. The United States sent the Supertanker to help. Despite all the help, officials admit the wildfires are "out of control" and could take a week to control
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http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/12/04/israel-wildfire.html

Afghan Hero Dog is Euthanized by Mistake in U.S.

The New York Times opens the article with a lead telling the story of how Target, a stray dog in Afghanistan, stopped a suicide bomber from entering the American military barracks. The lead states, "Target and two other dogs snarled, barked, and snapped at the man, who detonated his bomb at the entrance to the facility but did not kill anyone."

The New York Times reports that the dogs were from the eastern Paktia Province near the Pakistani border. One of the dogs died suffering wounds from the bomb explosion, and the other two, Target and Rufus, were flown to the United States. The dogs were taken care of by a charity and put up for adoption.

Target was adopted by Segt. Terry Young, 37, an Army medic who witnessed the animals' bravery and helped treat the dogs in Afghanistan. Target escaped from the Young's family lawn last week, according to the New York Times.

The New York Times reports that Target was brought to the animal shelter in Florence. Target's picture was posted on the shelter's Web site on Friday. Sergeant Young found Target's photo on the website on Friday and paid the fee by computer to recover her. When Sergeant Young arrived at the pound on Monday, the shelter had mistakenly euthanized Target.

"This is unacceptable," said Ruth Stalter, the county's animal care and control director, "and no family should be deprived of their companion because procedures were not followed."

The New York Times reports that the Puppy Rescue Mission, the organization that raised thousands of dollars to get Target from Afghanistan to the United States has expanded it's mission to encourage pet owners to install microchips in their animals to prevent these accidents from happening.

By Annie Favreau

President Barack Obama visited Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority nation, last Tuesday to meet with Indonesian President Suslilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

On his homecoming visit, he criticized Israel for its decision to approve 1,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem during the peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the New York Times reported.

The New York Times reported that President Obama said, "This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations, and I'm concerned that we're not seeing each side make the extra effort involved to get a breakthrough."

The Star Tribune reported that President Obama voiced his concern that, "Each of these incremental steps can end up breaking that trust between these parties."

This was Obama's first trip to Indonesia, where he lived for four years, as President of the United States, reported both the Star Tribune and New York Times.

The Star Tribune reported that Obama voiced his support for Indonesian President Yudhoyono's dedication to the Indonesian people at a time when the country has been hit with earthquakes, a tsunami, and the recent volcano eruption.

The New York Times reported that President Obama is reaching out to connect to the Muslim world. Obama said he intends to reshape American relations with Muslim nations so they are not "focused solely on security issues" but rather on expanded cooperation across a broad range of areas, from science to education.

The Star Tribune reported that Obama said policy differences between the United States and Muslim countries will linger, but that building better ties between the people of the United States and the Muslim world will foster improved overall relations.

The New York Times reported that President Obama responded to a question about the progress the United States has made with Muslim countries with, "I think its an incomplete project, we've got a lot of work to do."

www.startribune.com/nation/106948128.html?page=1&c=y


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