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Iran threatens UN


Iran has stated that it will continue to develop its uranium

enrichment program if they are to be investigated by the UN Security Council.

The controversial country has been building nuclear programs

that have been met with heavy criticism by officials from the U.N., European Union and the U.S.

The country is currently involved in talks with the U.N.


Bolivia swears in first Indian president


In the Bolivian city of La Paz, Evo Morales was sworn in as Bolivia’s new president.

Morales, a socialist and leader for the indigenous population’s rights, is a strong opponent of American policies in the Bolivian area.

The election shows a shift in the politics of Bolivia, a country that for decades has oppressed the indigenous majority. Morales has stated that he is committed to ending poverty in his country.


U.N. lost as violence erupts in Ivory Coast


The Ivory Coast has been rocked by recent waves of violence as the region’s youth tries to push out U.N. peacekeepers.

In the city of Abidjan, youth militants threw gasoline bombs, rocks and hurled at U.N. headquarters. Youth leaders have asked their supporters to end the riots, but they have refused to stop.

The country has been involved in a Civil war since 2002.


Italy to pull out troops from Iraq


Italy is expected to bring its nearly 3,000 soldiers stationed in Iraq home by the end of the year.

Many Italians have been extremely critical of the war since the country first entered in 2003. The war was met with protests throughout the country.

Italy plans to pull its troops slowly throughout the year, according to the BBC.


Protests in Nepal met with violence


In the Himalayan country of Nepal, pro-democracy protesters have been clashing with police in the country’s capital. The government enacted temporary curfews in order to suppress demonstrations against King Gyanendra.

India and the U.S. are calling upon the king of Nepal to restore democracy in the country.


British diplomats caught spying in Russia


In Moscow, four British diplomats were accused of allgedly using spy tactics against the Russian government. They were also accused of giving money to private human rights groups that oppose the Russian government.

Photos of the diplomats using a fake rock with a transmitter inside the rock appeared for the first time on the state run television network.

The four diplomats now face possible expulsion.


-Compiled by Jean-Paul Morselli

with Associated Press, New York Times and NPR sources

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