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Human Race

Issue: "Your right to vote," July 31, 2010

Charged

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a second arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on July 12, adding genocide to an existing 2009 indictment charging him with crimes against humanity. ICC judges had denied the genocide charge but added it on appeal, finding "there are reasonable grounds to believe him responsible for three counts of genocide" over the deaths of thousands in Darfur at the hands of pro-government militias beginning in 2003. Bashir has eluded arrest but could be apprehended if he travels to an ICC member country.

Jailed

A French court sentenced Manuel Noriega, 76, to seven years in prison July 7 on money laundering charges. The United States extradited the former Panamanian dictator in April after he spent two decades in a Miami prison on drug trafficking charges.

Freed

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Swiss authorities ended house arrest for film director Roman Polanski, ending U.S. efforts to extradite him for sentencing over his 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl. But legal action could restart should the 76-year-old Oscar winner leave his residence in France.

Wedded

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean, who generated controversy last year over racy photos and anti-gay-marriage comments before losing her crown for allegedly breaching her contract, has landed a new title: "Mrs." On July 2 Prejean, 23, married Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller, 28, during a private ceremony in San Diego.

Finished

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. conducted his final radio program July 2. The live, weekday talk show aired for nine years. Starting in September, Mohler will provide commentary via podcasts.

Elected

Bronislaw Komorowski emerged victorious July 5 as Poland's new president after defeating Jaroslaw Kaczynski-the twin brother of former President Lech Kaczynski, whose April death in a plane crash spurred the early election.

Died

Author and speaker Gladys "Rusty" Hunt died July 4 at age 83. Hunt, whose books included Honey for a Child's Heart and Women of the Old Testament, ministered to students through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship alongside her husband Keith. Together they helped found Cedar Campus, InterVarsity's Great Lakes training and retreat center.

Died

Shiite leader Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, once considered the spiritual head of Hezbollah, died July 4 at age 74. The fiercely anti-American Lebanese cleric was linked to the 1983 Beirut bombing of a U.S. Marine barracks that killed 241 U.S. servicemen. Shortly after Fadlallah's death, CNN editor Octavia Nasr expressed admiration for him on Twitter-a comment that cost her her job.

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