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Monday, January 31, 2011

Morning Newsdome: The South has seceded ... in Sudan

Voting in southern Sudan

>> An astonishing 99 percent of southern Sudanese citizens voted for the secession of the oil-rich south from the north. Tens of thousands of Sudanese are expected to move to the south in advance of the split. Gone with the Oil. (the Christian Science Monitor)

>> The seventh day of protests in Cairo continue leading up to a "mega" protest tomorrow, and police have been ordered back to the streets after abandoning their posts Friday. Egyptian President Hosni Mubara continues to ignore calls for him to resign and even announced a new cabinet on state TV, getting rid of the widely hated Interior Minister Habib al-Adly but employing the regular crew of cronies. Ever heard of bowing out gracefully? (BBC, Huffington Post)

>> Myanmar's parliament opened for the first time in more than two decades following elections last November. The country has been under army rule since a 1962 coup and a military-dominated assembly still has a "crushing majority" in the new parliament. Progress! (Al Jazeera)

>> The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" that John Boehner has dubbed a top priority for House Republicans (oh really, not the economy?) will redefine the term "rape" between "forcible" and "non-forcible" to make it more difficult for women to use state money for abortions. The bill also proposes that victims of incest can't get a federally funded abortion unless they are under 18. These Republican men get sweeter by the day. (Talking Points Memo)

>> And finally: Police have arrested 63-year-old ex-Army vet Roger Stockham for trying to blow up the Islamic Center of America, Detroit's largest mosque, after a bartender overheard Stochkam bragging about the terrorist plan in a bar. And proof that only psychos still have MySpace, Stockham took to his profile to talk about the foiled attempt. (Detroit News)

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