Hatoyama Takes Office as Japan’s New PM

Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, takes office today, Japan Times. Profile of Japan’s new first lady, Miyuko Hatoyama, BBC News. Key cabinet figures, BBC News.

In a move designed to separate himself from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a plan to clean up Russia’s corrupt political and economic systems. Medvedev and Putin are both eying the upcoming 2012 presidential election, Guardian.

The subject of Monday’s terror raids in Flushing, Queens, New York, says he is puzzled by his place at the center of the investigation. Najibullah Zazi, 24, who is a Pakistani national, recently returned to New York City, where he was previously a food cart vendor, to visit friends. Zazi is currently an airport shuttle driver in Denver. Police stopped Zazi in New York and searched his car, then tailed him to the neighborhood in Queens. Zazi’s wife still lives in Pakistan and he returns often to visit her so a recent visit could have sparked interest in Zazi. No arrests have been made in the case,  Associated Press.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says opposition to President Barack Obama may be heightened  by racism. Yesterday, Representative Joe Wilson from South Carolina was formally rebuked by the House of Representatives for yelling out “You Lie” in response to President Obama saying health care reform would not cover illegal immigrants during last week’s joint session of Congress , USA Today.

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