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.
A car bomb killed more than 90 and injured more than 200 in Peshawar, Pakistan. Peshawar, located in northwestern Pakistan, is the closest large city in Pakistan to the border of Afghanistan. It is the most deadly bombing in Pakistan this year. Attacks have increased in recent months since Pakistan’s army has begun a major security offensive against the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan. The bomb detonated shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the capital city of Islamabad to meet with Pakistani leaders, Voice of America. In Pictures: The Peshawar Bombing, BBC News. In-depth report: Peshawar, city on the frontline, BBC News. Profile: The Pakistan Taliban, al Jazeera.
Taliban militants wearing suicide vests and police uniforms stormed a guest house used by U.N. workers in Kabul this morning. 40 people were staying at the house; 12 are dead. Attacks have increased in Afghanistan recently in an attempt to undermine next month’s runoff presidential election, Associated Press.
2,000 kidnapped children have been recovered in China in a sixth month effort to rescue children from child traffikers. Children in China are kidnapped by criminal gangs and sold to childless couples or are sold as labor. A national DNA database has been set up to track missing children, BBC News.
The Philadelphia Phillies and New Y0rk Yankees will play game 1 of Major League baseball’s World Series Championship tonight. The game airs on Fox at 7:30 EST, Fox Sports.
A car bomb exploded earlier today outside NATO headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. 7 people have died and 90 are injured. Violence is increasing ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election on August 20, Voice of America.
Britain has suspended the government of Turks and Caicos Islands due to systematic corruption. The governor of Turks and Caicos Islands, who is directly appointed by Queen Elizabeth, usually only acts on the advice of cabinet, but will now take over decision-making, CNN International.
U.S. Senator Jim Webb, who is on a tour of Southeast Asia, met with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for about 45 minutes today. Webb’s office later released a statement saying American John Yettaw, who sparked the current legal problems for Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited her uninvited at her home, will be released rather than serve a sentence of seven years, Reuters.
A fire at a wedding in Kuwait has killed 41 women and injured 76 more. The wedding spread through a tent that the women were inside of, CNN.
Wealthy Americas are scrambling to report offshore bank accounts after a U.S. deal with Swiss banks to turn over the names of 52,000 Americans with up to $15 billion hidden in secret accounts, AP.
In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama discussed media distortion of the healthcare debate and emphasized that constructive conversations are happening at town hall meetings around the country, transcript.
Today is the one year anniversary of the war between Russia and Georgia. The two countries were fighting over the South Ossetia area which was legally a part of Georgia but is more closely linked to Russia. After a long period of military build up on both sides last year, Georgian troops moved into the area and were repelled by Russian troops. Russia has declared the area to be independent while Georgia still maintains South Ossetia lawfully belongs to them, Bloomberg.
Oddly, the anniversary may have something to do with the denial of service attack that brought down Facebook, Livejournal, and Twitter yesterday. A 34-year-old Georgian man says that his online accounts were the targets of the attack yesterday. The man, whose username is Cyxymu, is a pro-Georgia blogger. He feels the attack was an effort to remove his content from public viewing and that the interference with Twitter and other applications was just collateral damage. We’ll be following this story, CNN.
The new leader of the Tamil Tigers, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, has been arrested by Sri Lanka. The Tamil people suffered a cripping offensive by the Sri Lanka military earlier this year. Sri Lanka claimed that Tamil Tiger militants were using civilians as human shields. It is unknown how many died, New York Times.
Iraq has suffered a rash of attacks against mosques and pilgrims. At least 30 are dead and 88 were injured by a car bomb in Rasheediyah, Iraq that detonated outside a Shiite mosque as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers. 20,000 police have been deployed to Karbala, Iraq in an effort to protect pilgrims as they make their way to the city to celebrate the birth of Mohammed al-Mahdi, the 12th Shiite imam. It is believed that he will return to earth bringing peace and harmony. Pilgrims have been killed and injured by bombing on the roads to Karbala, but no incidents have taken place inside the city. The event is being looked at as a test of the competence of the Iraqi security forces, Associated Press.
A car bomb in Lahore, Pakistan has killed at least 30 and injured hundreds others. The bomb went off outside a police and secret service headquarters after men step out of the car and began firing rifles. The attack is thought to be in retaliation for the crackdown on Taliban militants in the Swat Valley, BBC News. Images of the blast, BBC News.
The UN Security Council is scrambling to find the right response to North Korea’s declaration that it will not abide by the terms of the 1950s armistice that ended the Korea War. Outright military engagement is undesirable as North Korea has a one million member military. Sanctions are not likely to have much effect as North Korea is already very impoverished. The Security Council will try to get North Korea allies Russia and China to apply pressure, CNN.
Illinois Senator Roland Burris caught on tape offering to write a check to disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich as he asks for consideration for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama, Washington Post.
Thousands have been injured in an earthquake that struck the mountainous central area of Italy. At least 90 are reported dead. The earthquake struck in the early morning hours when most were asleep. Hardest hit was the medieval city of L’Aquila where hundreds of historic buildings may have been destroyed. A strong earthquake previously struck the region in 2002, resulting in the deaths of 28 people, BBC News.
2 aid workers kidnapped in Sudan, CTV.
Vancouver gang violence continues with a shooting at a Boston Pizza in East Vancouver. The shooting is thought to be a targeted hit . There have been 41 shootings in Vancouver this year, BC Local News.
Car bombs rock Baghdad. Six car bombs, all set off remotely, have killed at least 32 and injured dozens more. U.S. military officials also announced a soldier was killed in the Diyala province on Sunday, the first combat casualty since March 16, Washington Post.
Still no agreement on response to North Korea’s ballistic missile launch from the UN Security Council, Voice of America.