President Obama Pushes for Mideast Peace Deal

US President Barack Obama met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the Whitehouse yesterday. Obama reiterated his call for a two state solution and asked Abbasto try to limit inciteful speech against Israel in mosques and elsewhere in Palestine. After the political party Hamas was elected to a slight majority in 2006, Abbas lost power. He now controls only the West Bank with Hamas effectively controlling the Gaza Strip, Boston Globe.

As South Koreans mourn former President Roh Moo-Hyun who committed suicide earlier this week, North Korea shoots another short-range missile off its east coast. The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling for UN member nations to enforce existing sanctions against North Korea and is working on further resolutions in hopes of containing North Korean aggression, Xinhua.  China has recalled fishing boats that were in the Yellow Sea off the coast of North Korea, BBC NewsBBC News also has a chart comparing military strengths of North and South Korea. See also the Associated Press for a timeline of North Korea’s nuclear program.

An off-duty New York City police officer was killed by “friendly fire” when he was  shot by a plainsclothes officer as he chased a man who broke into this car. Officer Omar Edwards, 25, is black while the officer who shot him is white. New York City has a history of racially-tinged shootings, Newsday.

13-year-old Kansan Kavya Shivashankar won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night in Washington, DC. Shivashankar won on the word Laodicean, which means halfhearted in respect to religion or politics, Philadelphia Inquirer.

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