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September 11, 2001 Remembered

Today is the 8th anniversary of what is now known as the “September 11th” attacks in which extremists connected to al Qaeda crashed hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third plane was hijacked but passengers were able to over take the hijackers before it reached its intended target. The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Memorials are taking place today at all three sites. Vice President Joe Biden will be in New York City at the World Trade Center site and President Barack Obama will be at the Pentagon memorial, Associated Press. Life after 9/11, New York Times. A firefighter recalls losing his sons, NPR. Live coverage of the memorials, C-SPAN. Video library of the attacks, C-SPAN.

Taiwan’s former President Chen Shui-bian has been sentenced to life in prison on charges of fraud and embezzlement, New York Times.

Riots have continued for a second day the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Supporters of one of the regions ethnic kings have clashed with police backed the military and the central government, Al Jazeera.

Details are surfacing about the whereabouts of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was out of public view on Monday. Sources now say Netanyahu was in Russia possibly meeting with Vladamir Putin concerning the cargo ship Arctic Sea that disappeared last month for several weeks. The ship may have been carrying missiles to Iran, BBC News.

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17 Killed at Mexican Drug Rehab Center

Gunmen from a suspected drug gang shot and killed 17 patients, believed to be members of a rival gang, at a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The slayings show similarities to an attack in March at a drug rehab center that left 20 dead. Since President Calderon entered office in late 2006 and created a war on drugs, 11,000 people have died in the country due to drug-related violence, CNN.

The United States has suspended all aid to Honduras because of the Latin American country’s lack of action after the June coup. Honduras is expected to lose $30m in aid, New York Times.

The body of Alec MacLachlan, a British security guard seized by terrorists in 2007 in Baghdad, has been recovered. Five men were taken at the same time and two bodies were returned in June. Authorities believe one man, Peter Moore, is still alive, BBC News.

A Russian journalist who was aboard the Arctic Sea, the ship that disappeared last month, says he was forced to flee to Istanbul after reporting the ship may have illegally transported weapons. The Arctic Sea disappeared in late July, but was found on August 17th, creating speculation on what the ship was doing and where it was during those missing weeks. Russian officials say the ship was hijacked off the coast of Sweden, NPR.

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Votes for Sale in Afghanistan Election

A suicide car bombing on a road between the cities of Jalalabad and Kabul has killed 4 people in Afghanistan. Attacks are increasing ahead of Thursday’s elections. A provincial candidate was killed in an attack by the Taliban, Al Jazeera. The BBC has found evidence of fraud in the Afghan elections. Thousands of voter cards are for sale. It is also alleged that all major candidates have paid local leaders for votes. 17 million people are eligible to vote, but are being discouraged by the Taliban who say they will target anyone involved in the elections, BBC News.

Al Jazeera report on election security:

Former South Korea president Kim Dae-jung has died at the age of 85. President from 1998 to 2003, Kim won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work to promote democracy and reconciliation with North Korea, Yonhap.

The Russian Navy, which found the missing cargo ship Arctic Sea off the coast of Africa yesterday, has detained 8 accused hijackers, CNN.

64 people are feared dead after an accident at a Russian hydroelectric plant in Siberia, AP.

Sharon Keller, a judge in Texas, is on trial for professional misconduct for not allowing a man on death row to file a last minute appeal simply because the appeal came in after normal office hours. The man was executed by lethal injection, USA Today.

3 men (1 American and 2 Russians) have been arrested in the biggest case of identity theft in the U.S. The men hacked into online security systems to steal information from 130 million debit and credit cards. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The White House has relaxed its insistence that any health care reform must have a public option (a government plan that people could buy like private insurance) and has expressed an openness to nonprofit health co-ops instead, New York Times.

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