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African Union suspends C'ote D'Ivoire

Amid controversy surrounding it's political spectrum, the Ivory Coast was suspended by the African Union, according to CNN.

The Union has suspended the country indefinitely until a democratically-elected president takes office, according to statement.

Recently, West African leaders asked incumbent president Laurent Gbago to concede power to Alassane Ouattara. Gbago refused even though he lost popular election, according to the Washington Post.

Woman killed by shark near Egypt

A German woman was killed off the coast of Egypt on Sunday, triggering a shark hunt, according to CNN.

Three other snorkelers were injured, and two sharks have already been captured. The tourist beach where the attacks occurred has been closed until the final shark can be located.

The 70-year-old woman was a regular at the resort, and is just the latest in a string of shark attacks in the past few weeks, according to The Guardian.

Iraqi journalist killed in home

A young Iraqi journalist was shot and killed in his home by gunmen, according to CNN.

The journalist worked for al-Mousiliyya TV and was killed while at home Sunday. Iraq is statistically one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists.

The suspects arrived at the victims house and claimed to be intelligence workers. When the journalist walked outside, the men allegedly shot him, according to AK News.

Japanese pitcher escapes Twins

The Minnesota Twins bid on Japanese starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, ultimately losing the bid to the Oakland Athletics, according to Joe Christiansen of the Star Tribune.

The Oakland Athletics won the bid, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The final bid was $17 million dollars, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

Iwakuma is widely considered the best U.S.-bound Japanese pitcher, and is currently under contract of the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Yu Darvish, the top Japanese pitching prospect has made is intentions of avoiding Major League Baseball quite clear. Darvish, of Persian descent, said he fears anti-Persian sentiment is too prevalent in the United States.

Obama celebrates Diwali in India

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U.S. President Barrack Obama began his second day in India to dance and celebrate Diwali with some students in India, according to CNN.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, went to a local New Dehli school Sunday morning, and school children taught her several cultural dances.

Obama called the relationship between the United States and India -- the world's largest democracy -- a "defining partnership" for the 21st century, according to the AP.

Canada to accept Guantanamo detainee

The Canadien government has agreed to accept Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr after he serves one year in U.S. custody, according to CNN.

Khadr originally agreed to plead guilty in exchange for an eight-year sentence, which was far fewer than the 40 year sentence that the military commission decided on Saturday.

After the Canadien-born Khadr's first year is served, he can apply for the transfer. The House of Commons said it will accept that transfer, according to the Toronto Sun.

French lawmakers OK pension plan

The lower house of the French parliament approved a controversial pension reform bill Wednesday, according to CNN.

For the past few weeks, protesters have left school and work to join demonstrators in the streets protesting the bill. The National Assembly voted 336 to 233, with five abstaining, which ultimately passed the bill.

The bill will raise the minimum retirement age in France from 60 to 62, and raise the age for a full pension from 65 to 67, according to the Associate Press.

Stampede kills 7 at soccer match in Kenya

A stampede killed 7 spectators in Kenya Saturday , according to CNN.

Six of the members of the crowd died when spectators without tickets attempted to storm in through the public entrance, according to ESPN. One other died after being taken to Kenyatta National Hospital and treated for wounds, the report said.

The entrance gate was broken down during the rush according to Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda.

Iran to prosecute 5 alleged spies

Iran will prosecute five alleged foreign spies in a trial soon, according to CNN.

The prosecutions were reported by the country's "semi-official FARS news agency."

Tehran Attorney General did not give a specific date for the trial, commenting only that they would be held "soon."

The Associated Press speculated that when Iran was referring to "enemies," they were speaking of either American or Israeli citizens.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient's wife detained

The wife of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained in Beijing, China, CNN reports.

A human rights group said she has not been convicted of a crime, but "appears to be under de facto house arrest."

The house arrest is supposedly over several twitter posts referring to the Tiananman square massacre.

The woman is the wife of laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is currently jailed "on charges of plotting to subvert the ruling Communist Party," according to Business Week.

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