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Iran opens up about locally mined uranium

By Justin Reis

Iran is locally mining uranium for the first time, in an act to fight against the west, according to the Guardian.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said it had used domestically produced uranium at its conversion plant in Isfahan. The UN does not ban the production of uranium in Iran, however they are working stop their production of yellowcake, which is refined ore.

The Guardian said Iran's ore deposits are low and limiting the amount of yellowcake the country is able to produce.

The timing of the release of the information is thought to not be accidental, as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, is scheduled to meet with diplomats in Geneva Monday to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The yellowcake was mined from the Gchine mine near the Persian Gulf. According to the Atomic Energy Agency, they said the mine has "low to medium grade uranium ore".

Irish finane minister seeks bailout

By Justin Reis

Irish finance minister said today he seeks support from his country's cabinet fort a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

According to the Guardian, the Irish government has agreed to fund a "contingency loan" to pat the country's multibillion-euro bank rescue program.

Brian Lenihan, the minister of finance, said, "I will be recommending to the government that we should apply for a program and start formal applications."

The cabinet is meeting in Dublin to finalize is four-year bailout plan.

Muslim cleric arrested

By Justin Reis

A Muslim cleric was arrested in Lebanon at his home days after his sentencing to life in prison by military court in a terrorism trial, authorities said.

According to the Huffington Post, Omar Bakri Mohammed was in the city of Tripoli and taken into custody, officials said. They spoke on a condition of anonymity.

Mohammed headed the Islamist group al-Muhajiroun, which was considered to be radical and is now dis-abandoned, officials said. He lived in Brittan for 20 years until he was barred from the country because his presence was "conducive to public good," according to the Guardian.

Mohammed was joined by 53 other people sentences Friday in trials of militants who fought in 2007 with the Lebanese army, the Huffington Post reported.

According to the Guardian, judicial officials said he was sentenced to life because he did not attend his trial. Cleric said he never received a summons.

Mohammed said the charges were "lies and fabrications", in an interview with the Associated Press.

His lawyer informed him to turn himself in within 15 days of the sentencing, officials said.

According to the Huffington Post, Mohammed became a focus of British attention after he said he would not inform the police if he knew Islamists were planning attacks such as the 7 July London bombings.

Lady Gaga wins big at the European MTV Music Awards

By Justin Reis

Lady Gaga won best pop act, best female artist and best song at the 2010 MTV European Music Awards in Madrid.

Bad Romance won her the best song title and the three wins made her the artist to win the most awards at the show, according to the Guardian. The provocative star was in Budapest performing on her Monster Ball tour, but accepted her awards via satellite link, the Guardian said.

Justin Bieber was the other big winner of the night as he won Best Push and best male artist.

The event was hosted by Eva Longoria, the Desperate Housewives star, and included performances from Rihanna, Kings of Leon, and Miley Cirus.

Brazil welcomes new president, Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff became Brazil's first female president in the election with her rival José Serra.

Rousseff, won by 55.72 percent out of the 96 percent of the votes counted, according to the Guardian. The 62 year-old dominated the northeast as well as the Amazon.

Rousseff's plans to take Brazil's 20 million less fortunate citizens out of poverty and become the fifth strongest economy in the world by 2016. Additionally, she promises to fight against inequality and promote human rights, CNN reported.

In 1969 she joined Brazil's guerrilla movement and changes her name several times to hide from authorities. At one point, she was one of Brazil's most wanted fugitives.

Rousseff takes office in early January.

War detainees handed over to Iraqi torture squad

Army logs published by WikiLeaks releases evidence that U.S. soldiers gave detainees to an Iraqi torture squad.

Threats by a U.S. military interrogator included an account when he turned his captive over to the Iraqi "Wolf Brigade", according to the Guardian.

The interrogator told the prisoner he would be subject to the pain and agony the Wolf battalion is known for, the Guardian said.

The Human Rights Watch called on the Iraqi government to prosecute those involve in the tortures and killings, CNN reported. Human Rights Watch also urged the U.S. to investigate if its forces broke international law by transferring detainees in the thousands into Iraqi hands.

Including the killings done by the Wolf Brigade, the civilian death tole has reached approximately 122,000 according to Iraqi Body Count, CNN reported.

Secret U.S. Prison Operation in Afghanistan

By Justin Reis

A "secret jail" is allegedly being operated at the American military base as ex-detainees said they were deprived of sleep and held in cold isolation cells.

The U.S. military denies this ever happened, according to a report from BBC.
Inmates said they suffered from cold, little food, and not enough blankets. They said they also were stripped naked for medical purposes and not able to practice their faith.

Open Society Foundations, founded by billionaire George Soros, mentioned in a report accusations of mistreatment at the alleged secret jail, according to the Army Times.

If the accusations are true, they will ruin the detention reform pushed by President Barack Obama.

Detainees also said the Red Cross was banned from visiting them and the food they were provided was bad. The "Black Jail", as it was nicknamed, is said to be inside the Bagram base.

Round Two of the Toxic Sludge

The second wave of the sludge in Devecser, Hungary is believed to occur and will be more toxic than the first which has already killed seven.

An industrial plant reservoir in the town looks to be near its breaking point. The second burst of sludge is said to be more concentrated and more deadly, reported The Huffington Post.

The hardest town hit by the caustic sludge, Kolontar, is where engineers are building retaining walls. This is also where the large cracks were noticed in the walls at the industrial plant reservoir.

Kolontar's residents were evacuated Saturday in case of another sludge disaster, said The Huffington Post.

On Saturday morning, Hungary's Prime Minister said it is probable that the wall will collapse, The New York Times reported.

The reservoir contains an industrial waste called "red-mud" and is a byproduct of the process that converts bauxite to alumina, which is used to make aluminum, said The New York Times. 200 million gallons entered three communities Monday.

Terror alerts are raised in US and UK

Transportation systems and tourist attractions are suspected to be at risk in US and UK with fears al-Qaida has ties.

The Foreign Office listed both France and Germany as potential targets due to their high volume of tourism. The US is suspicious that al-Qaida has ties and suggested private and official targets could be in danger, said The Guardian.

US's suspicion follows a "commando-style" attack that took place in Mumbai in 2008, which killed 166 people.

CNN said Americans should take every precaution to protect themselves when traveling abroad. US is continuing to work closely with its European allies on international terroristic threats.

News was presented last week when Western intelligence officials reviewed information about a potential attack that would effect the US and UK territories, CNN said.


Chilean trapped miners expected to see sunlight

By Justin Reis

After 50 days of being trapped 2,300 ft underground in Copiapo, Chile, the 33 miners are expected to be rescued by a 924-pound cage.

The "Phoenix Capsule" arrived on Saturday at the San Jose gold and copper mine where family members of the miners saw it for the first time. The unveiling was presented by Chilean Mining Minister Laurence Goldborne and Health Minister Jamie Manalich, in a report by CNN.

The cage stands 10 feet tall, inside is six feet, four inches and 21 inches across. The cage is big enough to hold one person and should take about 15 minutes to bring each person to the top.

In a report by The Guardian, on August 5 the miners were told they would be trapped until Christmas, when the incident occurred.

The capsule is outfitted with an oxygen supply, communications equipment and retractable wheels to travel up the rescue shaft in case anything goes wrong, CNN reported.

If the miner in the cage needs to evacuate the capsule during the rescue, he can escape through the bottom and will then be lowered with a cable, Goldborne said in a report by The Gaurdian.

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