July 29th, 2009
World Links: Ireland Accepts Guantanamo Detainees, U.S. Troops Could Return Home Early

A car bomb outside a police barracks in the northern Spanish city of Burgos wounds 60 people. Officials say the attack was likely carried out by the Basque separatist group ETA.

Ireland agrees to accept two Guantanamo Bay detainees in order to help U.S. President Barack Obama in his effort to close the detention center by January. The prisoners, both of Uzbek descent, will be among the few to be resettled in Europe. Previously, France agreed to accept one prisoner, while Italy has agreed to take three.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that as many as 5,000 troops could return home from Iraq sooner than expected because violence has been down and Iraqi forces have been doing well since the U.S. withdrew from Iraqi cities last month.

A trial will begin Saturday for 20 demonstrators who participated in the post-election protests in Iran last month. The defendants are accused of having contact with the exiled opposition group The People’s Mujahedin, vandalizing public and state property, attacking security forces, and carrying firearms, among other charges.

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