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Alleged election fraud in the case of Haiti's new President

Several presidential candidates are rejecting the election results in Haiti over alleged fraud. 12 out of 19 candidates banded together and accused the incumbent, "President Rene Preval of trying to steal the election and install his chosen candidate, Jude Celestin," according to the Washington Post.

However, their provisional electoral council acknowledges the vote and claim there was not the widespread fraud that displeased candidates are complaining about.

The Wall Street Journal r
eported that if the election officials validate the vote, it will most likely result in a race between the top 2 candidates.


Evidence of North Korean nuclear plant: 'provocative"

U.S. envoy on North Korea Stephen Baldworth said evidence that the country has built another nuclear plant is both disappointing and provocative, according to BBC News.

He met with a Korean minister and said the situation was not a crisis.

"A U.S. scientist said he had been shown more than 1,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium on a visit to North Korea and had seen a new light-water reactor."

The new evidence showed North Korea to be in violation of United Nations resolution.

Reuters
reported that analysts believe Kim Jong-Il "wants to use nuclear muscle to boost his son's credentials with the military," since his series of offensive moves began when he began transitioning his son Kim Jong-Un into power.

Thousands rejoice as Democratic leader from Burma is released

BBC News reported that Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy leader from Burma, was finally released after seven years under house arrest.

Thousands of supporters waited outside the Nobel Peace Prize winner's house, anticipating her release.

The Guardian reported that the junta that runs Burma announced Nov. 13, 2010 as her release date and much anticipation was built up in the weeks prior to her release.

There is no telling what Aung San Suu Kyi's role will be or what the military will allow her to do now that she is free, because her political party is illegal.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been in and out of prison and house arrest since 1989.

A series of violent protests has delayed a train carrying reprocessed nuclear waste from France to Germany.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the train "left a reprocessing plant in France on Friday and was due at Gorleben in north West Germany at midday on Sunday."

17,000 police officers are on duty to make sure the train reaches its destination safely. Protesters have set fire to armored police vehicles and chained themselves to stretches of the line.

The protests are against Chancellor Angela Merkel and her renewed commitment to nuclear power. Accoring to the article, she "reversed an earlier decision to phase out atomic energy in Germany by 2020 saying the country needed its 20 nuclear plants more than ever before. "

ABC News reported that officers had used batons and pepper spray to keep the protesters at bay and figured 20,000 people were participating in the protests.

Brazil elects first female president

The Los Angeles Times reported that Brazil elected the country's first female leader during their election Sunday.

Experts say Dilma Rousseff, who has never held elected office, won the election because of the support of popular Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. A member of the Worker's Party, she beat challenger Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party by 55.4 percent to 44.6 percent.

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, Rousseff is a former Marxist guerrilla who was imprisoned and tortured for her views during a period of dictatorship in Brazil. Rousseff is also a cancer survivor and she is sometimes referred to by Brazilians as the "Iron Lady."

Rousseff told the public that her political views have changed drastically from Marxism to pragmatic capitalism but that "she remains proud of her radical roots."

Cholera epidemic in Haiti leaves at least 135 dead

The Associated Press reported that more than 135 people are dead from an outbreak of cholera in Haiti. The health ministry reported there have been additional 1,500 cases of the disease.

The Sydney Morning Herald
wrote that the outbreak has not yet reached the displacement camps where many Haitians are living since the 7.0 earthquake that left 1.2 million people homeless.

"Officials fear an outbreak in densely populated tent cities that have poor sanitation and meager medical facilities has the potential of unleashing a public health disaster."

Most of the cases have been reported in areas along the Artibonite River which officials believe the water contamination stems from.

France warned of terrorist threats

The New York Times reported that Saudi officials have warned France than an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen could be planning an attack in France or Europe.

The French interior minister, Brice Hortefeux said he had been notified of the attack a few days from Sunday. He met with the Yemeni President last week.

Intelligence officials said the group was active or planning to be active. Hortefeux said the threat was real and France will be vigilant.

According to BBC News, this threat is one of many recent concerns regarding attacks on Europe from terrorists in the Arabian Peninsula.

However, BBC reports that French authorities have been accused of scaremongering. Currently the nation's threat level is one level below red (the highest rating.)

Chilean Miners Rescued by Saturday

The Associated Press reported that Chile's mining minister said Thursday the shaft that will lead the miners to safety could reach them by Saturday.

It will take an additional three to 10 days to lead the 33 miners to safety, he said.

CNN International
got acquainted with the rescue team that will pull the miners to safety. The 16 rescuers will go into the mine in groups of two. It will take an hour or more to take each miner up to the surface.

BBC News
reported that the men have been trapped since the 5th of August. Rescuers had given up hope of finding the men alive until they made contact 17 days after the accident.

Upon rescue, the miners will have to wear sunglasses to adjust from living two months with no natural light.

Glastonbury festival tickets sell out in four hours

According to an article in BBC News, tickets to the 2011 Glastonbury Festival sold out Sunday in four hours. The U.K.'s biggest music festival, held every year at Worthy Farm in Somerset, will begin June 22, 2011. The venue has a capacity for 177,500 but there were only 137,500 public tickets released.

Fans had to put a £50 deposit on their tickets to be able to order. They will have to pay the full amount when the ticket site re-opens in April.

The Sun reported that U2 may headline the festival because the group had to pull out of the 2010 festival due to frontman Bono's back injury.

According to NME, the organizer of the festival, Michael Eavis, previously stated the names of the headliners would be released as soon as tickets have sold out. Eavis has not made the announcement yet.

Helicopter opens fire on Somali militants

An unidentified military helicopter fired two rockets at an al-Shabaab meeting Sunday.
According to an article in the Guardian, Shabaab is Somalia's most dangerous militant group and they have been fighting pro-government groups for the last month.
The Associated Press in Mogadishu wrote that "the country hasn't had a functioning government since 1991 and the militants hope to overthrow the transitional government and install their brand of Islam across the country."
The New York Times reported that it was not a U.S. aircraft that fired on Shabaab. A Shabaab official told the NYT that the rocket had narrowly missed several important officials. Shabaab is known for ruthlessly "stoning adulterers and chopping off hands" The group controls much of Somalia and has grown "increasingly close to Al Qaeda in recent months."

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