US Scraps European Missile Defense Shield

In a reversal of an agreement made by the George W. Bush administration, the White House announced today that the U.S. will not go ahead with European missile defense plans. Plans for missiles that were to be put in Poland as well as a radar station station in the Czech Republic have been scrapped. The administration says that Iran’s missile system, which the Bush administration had insisted the installations were designed to counter, is not sufficiently developed to pose a threat, Reuters.

Suicide bombers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan targeted two NATO vehicles earlier today. At least 6 Italian soldiers were killed as well as 10 Afghan civilians, CNN International.

Indonesia is reporting that a raid has resulted in the death of Islamic militant Noordin Top who is thought to have been the mastermind behind last summer’s bombings of two luxury hotels in Jakarta as well as multiple past bombings. Top had been hunted for the past 9 years, Reuters.

Raymond Clark III, 24, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Yale graduate student Annie M. Le. Police said DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene, New York Times.

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