The UN has issued a new report saying that civilians deaths have increased in Afghanistan for the third straight year in a row. The Taliban has moved operations to residential areas and has increased use of suicide bombings and roadside bombs, Associated Press.
Muslim Shiite worshippers leaving mosques were targeted by bombers in Baghdad today. At least 27 are dead, AFP.
Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of a militant Muslim sect in Nigeria, has been killed. Reporters are the ground say Yusuf was killed while in police custody while Nigerian police say Yusuf was shot during a shootout while he was trying to escape. The group Human Rights Watch says the killing is outside of the law, Al Jazeera.
The verdict in the Aung San Suu Kyi trial, which was supposed to be handed down today, has been delayed until August 11. The Burmese democracy activist Suu Kyi was taken into custody in April for violating the terms of her house arrest in a bizarre episode in which an American man swam across a lake to her house uninvited and claimed that medical concerns prevented him from leaving. It is thought that the government in Myanmar will keep Suu Kyi in custody until after next year’s elections, Bloomberg.
A British man has lost his legal bid to avoid extradition to the US for trial for hacking into government computers shortly after September 11th. Gary McKinnon claims he was looking for classified documents about UFOs when he hacked into Navy, Pentagon, and NASA computers. Because of concerns about his mental health (McKinnon suffers from Asberger’s syndrome), his lawyers had argued he should be tried in Britain, Guardian.
General Scott Gration, US special envoy for Sudan, has recommended easing sanctions against Sudan. He says Sudan is not a state sponsor of terrorism, New York Times.
Members of the Blue Dogs Democrats, a conservative-leaning group that has been slowing President Obama’s health care overhaul, have received an increase in donations from the health care and insurance industries, Washington Post.