Irish separatists in Northern Ireland exploded a car bomb today in the town of Newry. The bombers gave police notice of the bomb and no one was hurt, Wall Street Journal.
After 11 days of heavy fighting in the town of Marjah in Afghanistan, residents received food aid today. NATO is attempting to secure the town from the Taliban, Al Jazeera.
40 people associated with the military in Turkey were arrested after an alleged coup attempt, BBC News.
Officials at the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on women serving on submarines, Reuters.
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today despite Chinese concerns. China views the Dalai Lama as a threat because he calls for autonomy for Tibet, CNN. More on the relationship between the West and the Dalai Lama, BBC News.
8 of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti after attempting to leave the country with children they claimed to be orphans have been released. The children in fact were not orphans- their parents had been told the children were being taken to the Dominican Republic, Washington Post.
More fallout from the Israel planned assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, Al Jazeera. Stolen UK passports were used by the assassins to enter Dubai, BBC News.
New information has emerged about the suspects in the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai. Surveillance video from the hotel where the killing occurred shows 11 people working together as the murder took place. New evidence now shows those in the hotel were traveling on stolen European passports, including 6 Britons who say they were not involved in the attack, BBC News. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, is suspected to the behind the attack. More on how the assassination was planned and carried out, Telegraph. More on Mossad’s tactics, Reuters.
The U.S. is continuing street-to-street fighting in the Afghan town of Marja. The military is battling IEDs and small groups of Taliban fighters in an effort to secure the town, Al Jazeera.
The U.S. has sent one of its top diplomats to Syria in an effort to repair relations there, Associated Press. A discussion of U.S. sanctions on Syria, BBC News.
NATO troops continued their push into Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan, centered on the city of Marja, PBS Newshour. Map of the area, New York Times. Some civilians have been killed in the fighting, Associated Press.
2 trains collided in Belgium today, killing 18 and injuring many more, CNN. Train crash in pictures, BBC News.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East. Clinton said she is concerned that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have supplanted the government of Iran, leading it in the direction of a military dictatorship, New York Times.
Election officials in Ukraine have rejected complaints by Yulia Tymoshenko, the country’s current prime minister, of election fraud. Tymoshenko lost the election by 3 percentage points but has yet to concede, Associated Press.
NATO has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan, BBC News.
A professor at the University of Alabama has been charged with murder after shooting 6 colleagues while attending a faculty meeting yesterday. 3 of the injured died. The shooter, Amy Bishop Anderson, is a Harvard-trained biology professor who had been at the University of Alabama in Huntsville since 2003, CNN. Anderson had recently been denied tenure, BBC News. Police have confirmed that Anderson accidentally shot her brother, who later died, in 1986, Boston Globe.
8 people died after an attack at a restaurant in Pune, India yesterday. The attack targeted The Germany Bakery restaurant which is frequented by European and Jewish customers. The attack followed the announcement that India and Pakistan would resume diplomatic talks, Reuters.
The 2010 Winter Olympics started on a tragic note yesterday when Nodar Kumaritashvili, a competitor in the luge event, died during a training run, BBC Sport.
Diplomats from India and Pakistan will meet on February 25 for the first time since the Mumbai attacks in 2008. Pakistan has denied involvement, but India broke off relations insisting that groups based in Pakistan were behind the devastating attacks that killed 173 people. One of the major issues to be addressed is the Kashmir region, a mountainous area that is divided by India and Pakistan. Muslims in the Indian part of Kashmir have been fighting to join Pakistan which is a majority Muslim state, Al Jazeera.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 57 million Americans contracted the H1N1 flu virus this flu season. 11,700 Americans died as a result of the flu, Wall Street Journal.
A mumps outbreak has infected 2,000 people, mostly schoolchildren, in New York and New Jersey, CNN.
The 2010 Winter Olympics begin tonight in Vancouver, Canada. The opening ceremony begins at 6pm Pacific Time, Official website. The final torch relay had to be diverted in Vancouver today due to protests, ABC News. Winter Olympics guide, Washington Post.