Lockerbie Bomber Closer to Release on “Compassionate Grounds”

The man convicted of the 1981 bombing of PanAm Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, has applied to have his second appeal dropped- a sign that he may soon be released on compassionate grounds. al-Gegrahi has terminal prostate cancer and will possibly be released on “compassionate grounds” to his family in Libya or transferred to a Libyan prison. All 259 people on the plane died, as well as 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Voice of America.

The death toll from Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan could reach over 500. The official death toll now stands at 118 but several villages were completely buried in mudslides, CNN.

Virginia senator Jim Webb is in Burma to meet with military leader General Than Shwe. The visit comes after the conviction of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi but it is not known if Webb will address that matter. Webb is traveling through the region Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, New York Times.

In Perth, Australia a quadriplegic man, Christian Rossiter, has won the right to die. A judge ruled that Rossiter’s caretakers will not be held criminally responsible if he refused food and water, BBC News.

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