November 3rd, 2009
World Links: Equatorial Guinea Pardons Simon Mann, Claude Levi-Strauss Dies at 100

Czech President Vaclav Klaus signs the Lisbon Treaty, an agreement meant to streamline European Union decision-making that includes the establishment of an E.U. president. Klaus was the last hold out on the document, which required the unanimous support of all 27 E.U. member states. The treaty could now take effect as early as December.

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appears at his war crimes trial at the Hague after having boycotted it last week, but asks for 10 months to prepare his defense. Judges temporarily adjourn the case while they decide what to do.

The European Court of Human Rights rules that crucifixes should be removed from classrooms in Italy.

Claude Levi-Strauss, considered the father of modern anthropology, dies at at 100.

Equatorial Guinea pardons Simon Mann, a British ex-special forces officer who was sentenced to 34 years in prison last year for plotting to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Mann’s co-conspirators are also pardoned. The story of the failed coup attempt is depicted in WIDE ANGLE’s Once Upon a Coup.

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