News Wrap: Warrant Issued for President of Sudan
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The International Criminal Court at The Hague has
issued an arrest warrant for the president of Sudan, this time for charges of
President Omar al-Bashir is accused of committing ethnic cleansing
against three tribal groups in Darfur. He already faces charges of war crimes
and crimes against humanity. Al-Bashir was reelected to a new term earlier this
year. He has refused to turn himself in to stand trial and calls the court’s
In Northern Ireland today, sectarian tensions were heightened for the
annual Protestant Orange Day parades. Workers cleared debris from the streets
of Belfast after more than 200 Irish Catholics clashed with riot police
overnight. Twenty-seven police officers were injured. The riots broke out in
advance of today’s marches that mark a 17th century Protestant battlefield
victory over Irish Catholics.
The marches were mostly peaceful, but tonight there were reports of more
rioting in a Catholic district of Belfast.
Iraq’s Parliament will not meet this week, as planned. That decision
was announced today by the acting speaker of the Parliament. Political parties
have been at an impasse over forming a new government since elections in March.
No party won enough seats to form a majority, leading to the deadlock.
Swiss authorities have freed movie director Roman Polanski from
electronic monitoring after rejecting extradition requests by the U.S.
government. The U.S. sought custody of Polanski for fleeing the country in 1978
without serving his sentence after admitting he had sex with a minor. The 76-
year-old had been under house arrest in his Swiss chalet since December of 2009.
A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, killing at least two people before turning the gun on himself. Police
described it as a domestic violence suit involving the gunman’s wife and
targeting the company where they both had worked. Part of the city of
Albuquerque was shut down as a precaution.
RAY SCHULTZ, Albuquerque, New Mexico, police chief: Because of the
multiple reports and people running from the building, we received reports that
there may be a second gunman. We do not believe there’s a second gunman. We
believe this is a single individual. However, just to be safe, we have locked
down the entire part of the city.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Eighty-five employees were in the building at the
time of the shootings. Four others were wounded.
The American Cancer — the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued
new guidelines today for the use of hormone-based breast cancer drugs. They
advised most breast cancer patients past menopause to consider taking aromatase
inhibitors. Since the majority of breast cancers are driven by hormones, this
new class of drugs has been shown to help lower levels of estrogen and slow the
growth of cancers.
The new guidelines suggest women can take the drugs for up to five
years, usually in the form of a daily pill.
On Wall Street today, stocks edged up slightly. The Dow Jones
industrial average gained 18 points to close at 10216. The Nasdaq rose nearly
two points to close at 2198.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Gwen.