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News Wrap: Warrant Issued for President of Sudan

In other news Monday, the International Criminal Court at The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Swiss authorities freed movie director Roman Polanski from electronic monitoring after rejecting extradition requests by the U.S.

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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 genocide.

    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 allegations worthless.

    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.

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