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International News Roundup for Jan.3-Jan.16

By Anya Gosine, Online Managing, Op/Ed and Food Editor
January 16, 2011
This is not original reporting. All information has been compiled from the Washington Post and Reuters. Silver Chips Online posts this news summary to provide readers with a forum for discussion.

Juba, Sudan
A poll worker sits next to a voting site in a Southern Sudanese village. The nation's historic vote is likely to lead to the south seceding from the north. Courtesy of Reuters
A poll worker sits next to a voting site in a Southern Sudanese village. The nation's historic vote is likely to lead to the south seceding from the north.
Jan. 9 - Southern Sudan began a historic, week-long independence referendum in which thousands of exiled Sudanese returned to their villages. They will vote on seceding from an oppressive north government. The vote follows a 2005 peace agreement that ended the nationís long-stretched civil war between the Muslim north and Christian south. The conflict killed countless and created permeating instability throughout the state. As of this past Saturday, a sampling of several voting sitesí results showed a nearly unanimous vote in favor of secession. Official results will be released early next month.

Tehran, Iran
Jan. 3 - Iran invited Russia, China and the European Union, among others, to visit several of its key nuclear plants. The U.S., U.K., France and Germany - countries all opposed to Iranís nuclear program - were not invited. Geoge Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank believes this gesture was a staging of transparency on Iranís part. Iran and six other world powers are scheduled to meet later this month in Istanbul to discuss Iranís disputed nuclear program.

Kiev, Ukraine
Jan. 5 - Ukrainian authorities declared the bombing of a Joseph Stalin statue in Kiev an act of terrorism. The statue was the first public monument dedicated to Stalin in decades. Unveiled last May, the landmark stirred controversy between those who view Stalin as a figure of past Russian oppression and those who praise him as a leader who led Soviet forces defeat the Nazis during World War II.

Tunis, Tunisia
Heavy riots in Tunisia forced President Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia. During his 23 years in power the country's citizens have been in unrest over numerous national problems. Courtesy of Reuters
Heavy riots in Tunisia forced President Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia. During his 23 years in power the country's citizens have been in unrest over numerous national problems.
Jan. 14 - Massive street demonstrations forced Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into exile in Saudi Arabia after 23 years in power. The country has since been ridden with riots over poor living conditions, citizen rights and political corruption. This past December, a produce vendor set himself on fire to protest the police confiscating his street cart. The series of events over the past few weeks seemed to cause several similar protests in Egypt, Jordan and Algeria. After Ali was ousted, Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi took over as acting president and made plans to organize elections and usher in a new government.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Jan. 12 - Haitian officials raised the official death toll of Haitiís devastating 2010 earthquake to over 316,000 deaths on the first anniversary of the disaster. Previous estimates were around 250,000 deaths. At a somber anniversary ceremony at the National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, many paid respects to the deceased and prayed for more progress in reconstruction. Despite donations from countries worldwide, much of the country is still in wreckage. About 800,000 are still left homeless and currently live in tent camps.

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