Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, now says that he does not think foreign agents played any role in fomenting the protests that followed the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, Guardian.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrapped up his 4-day European tour today with a visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where he asked for help in pressuring Iran to end its nuclear program, Reuters.
Over the objections of China, the Dalai Lama has been issued a visa to go to Taiwan to comfort victims of the recent typhoon. The Buddhist leader had been denied entry to the country last year, BBC News.
Amnesty International is calling for a panel to investigate the violence in East Timor by the Indonesian troops and militia that killed up to 100,000 people a decade ago, Jakarta Post.
U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Sen. Edward Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, Associated Press.
A 17-year-old, Mike Perham, from England has circumnavigated the globe solo becoming the youngest person to do so. In the Netherlands, a 13-year-old girl, Laura Dekker, is bidding to smash the new record but is engaged in a court battle with welfare services as to whether she is allowed to sail by herself and miss two years of school, CNN.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressed the nation today, calling for protesters to accept the results of last week’s election. He declared the election fair and accused foreign governments of interfering by supporting the protesters, BBC News.
The US has increased its defense capabilities in Hawaii after receiving word that North Korea could attempt to launch a missile at the Pacific island, AFP.
Supporters around the world are marking the birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy activist in Burma who turns 64 today. Suu Kyi is currently on trial and is expected to be kept out of the public eye until after the upcoming elections in Burma. A website, 64forsuu.org, has been set up for well wishes from supporters, Voice of America.
A Texas billionaire accused of fraud has surrendered to the FBI and will appear in court today. Allen Stanford urged his client to invest $8 billion in bogus high-yield certificates of deposit at his Caribbean-based Stanford Investment Bank, Reuters.
A Minnesota woman was found guilty of illegally downloading 24 songs and was ordered to pay $1.9 million, or $80,000 per song, to the Recording Industry of America who brought the suit, CNN.
Google released its Farsi translation service ahead of schedule in response to the worldwide interest in events currently happening in Iran, Times Online. Try the service at translate.google.com.