A key suspect is being sought in the Jakarta terror attacks. Noordin Mohamed Top, a Malaysian extremist associated with known terrorist groups, is already wanted for his connection to the Bali bombings of 2002 and 2o05. Security officials believe he is the mastermind behind the attacks, CNN. Profile of Noordin Mohamed Top, BBC News.
The House Intelligence Committee has opened an investigation into whether the Bush administration hid details about CIA programs from Congress. Current CIA Director Leon Panetta recently informed Congress of a canceled CIA Program to assassinate al-Qaeda leaders that was hidden from Congressional review under orders from Vice President Dick Cheney, New York Times.
Members of a sect of Ultra-Orthodox Judiasm in Jerusalem have been protesting and rioting for three days since the arrest of a woman accused of starving her 3-year-old child to death. A Magistrate Court decision, expected to be handed down today, will allow the woman to serve time under house arrest rather than in prison, CNN International.
Voting begins in elections in Mauritania today. General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz led a coup against the civilian government in 2008. General Aziz resigned from his military position in order to run for president in today’s election, Xinhua.
Today is Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday. People around the world are celebrating the anti-apartheid leader by doing good deeds, Associated Press. Watch Will.I.Am, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Josh Groban live at tonight’s (8pm EDT) Mandela Day concert in New York City, MandelaDay.com.
President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass healthcare reform in his Weekly Address.