India Hopes for a Peaceful Second Day of Voting

India will begin its second day of voting tomorrow, with 12 states across India casting ballots. Last week, Maoist violence led to 17 people being killed on the first day of voting and three officials were kidnapped, BBC News.

Taliban militants have taken over the are of Buner in Pakistan, moving them even closer to Islamabad. Last year, when the Taliban tried to take over Buner, citizens created their own armies and fought the group out of the city. This time, with the help of sympathizers and even local government officials, Buner could not fight back, NY Times.

Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi will defend detained American journalist Roxana Saberi. Saberi has been sentenced to 8 years in jail in Iran for spying. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave his support to Saberi and asked that she have a fair trial, Sky News.

More details on the investigation of the Craigslist Killer have been released. Philip Markoff, the Boston University med student accused of killing a woman he met on Craigslist in a hotel last week, and robbing at least two others, is said to have had items from the victims in his apartment. Police have not released what the items were, although sources told the Boston Herald they were underwear from the victims. Markoff denies all allegations, Boston Herald.

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