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.
A mortar bomb blast at a mosque in Somalia has killed at least 10. The blast occurred in the capital city of Mogadishu where fighting between pro-government forces and Muslim extremists have overtaken the city for the past few weeks. Over 250 people have been killed in the violence, BBC News.
Iran’s opposition leader, Mirhossein Mousavi, has called for protests tomorrow to call against Friday’s election and the deaths of protesters since the election results were announced. In a World Cup qualifying match today against South Korea, some Iranian footballers wore green to show their support for the revolution, Sky News.
Rep. Nita Lowey of New York announced yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball that the House’s Appropriations Committee would increase the proposed budget of the Peace Corps to $450M. The Peace Corps, started by President Kennedy, suffered under the Bush administration from poor funding. But this year applications are up 40% for 2008 and Obama hopes to double the size of the organization. 20 countries that do not have any Peace Corps volunteers currently have expressed need for PC volunteers in their countries, MSNBC.
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A car bomb has killed at least 11 and injured more than 50 in Peshawar, Pakistan at a 5-star hotel popular with foreigners. Reports say a Pakistani state minister has been injured as well as two U.N. workers. The blast occurred in the hotel parking lot and destroyed dozens of cars. The Pearl Continental Hotel has been evacuated and there are some reports that gunmen tried to storm the hotel, but more information is not known on the gunmen.
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Updates from Twitter:
- faisalkapadia: “Car used in blast found on 4th floor this is how intense the explosion was #peshawar”
- forensicanthro: “The foreign woman who has died is believed to be Russian – Dawn TV”
- BreakingNews: Unconfirmed report one person from Germany and another from England have been wounded in the car bomb attack on a hotel in Peshawar -Dawn TV