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.
Massoud Mohammadi, a physics professor at Tehran University, was killed today after a bomb strapped to his motorcycle was remotely detonated. Iran claims that the scientist was a supporter of the current government and that Israel and the U.S. are behind the attack. However, anti-government dissenters claim Mohammadi supported the opposition, Al Jazeera.
An acid attack this weekend in Hong Kong was the sixth such incident this year. Police do not yet know who is throwing plastic bottles filled with acid into busy streets. Tall buildings are easy to gain access to in Hong Kong, CNN. Q & A on acid attacks around the world, CNN.
Miep Gies, the woman who kept Anne Frank’s diary safe after Frank and her family were discovered in hiding in Amsterdam during the Holocaust, has died at the age of 99, New York Times.