Former South Korean President Dies After Fall

Former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun has died from severe injuries sustained after falling off a mountain, reports say. Roh apparently fell off of the mountain and into a ravine. Police are looking into if it was a suicide or an accident. He was South Korea’s president from 2003 until 2008, BNO. Update: BNO reports a suicide note written by President Roh was found.

A U.S. appeals court has ruled against tobacco companies, finding that major companies deceived the public by marketing their cigarettes as healthier than others. Cigarettes with the labels “low tar,” “mild,” “light,” and “ultra light” are now banned and companies must publish “corrective statements,” NPR.

Heavy fighting in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu has killed at least 36 people. Pro-government forces are fighting Muslim extremists who have taken control of the city. The fighting has lasted ten days and over 100 people have been killed. Over 50,000 citizens are said to have been displaced, BBC News.

A panel of scientists have named the top 10 species discovered in 2008, with the pygmy seahorse topping the list. Other new species include the Tahina spectablilis, which is a plant that dies under its own weight, and a bacteria found in hairspray, CNN.

An AP photograph of a U.S. soldier fighting the Taliban in pink boxers has become iconic in conflict in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Specialist Zachary Boyd was asleep when Taliban fighters began fighting upon the soldiers and didn’t have time to don his pants before engaging the enemy force. The picture became famous after it graced the cover of the New York Times, AP.

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