Confusion over Taliban Successor

A meeting of Taliban members to decide on a replacement for Baitullah Mehsud, the top Taliban leader who is believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan this week, may have ended in a deadly shoot-out. Reports surfaced yesterday that Hakimullah Meshud and Wali ur Rehman were both killed in a meeting in South Waziristan but today Wali ur Rehman told Reuters by phone that both men are alive, Al Jazeera.

A British contractor in Iraq, Danny Fitzsimmons, fatally shot two of his colleagues and wounded an Iraqi man inside of the heavily-secured Green Zone in Baghdad. The incident is being investigated but officials said the contractors got into an argument while drinking, Washington Post.

In the closely watched question of succession in North Korea, it appears that state media is building up the accomplishments of Kim Jong-il’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, who has been given credit for arranging for Bill Clinton to travel to North Korea to retreive two American journalists, Yonhap.

One million people in southeast China have fled the area ahead of Typhoon Morakot. One child has died when a house collapsed, BBC News. Video of the destruction from BBC News.

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