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Top Commander Says U.S. Strategy Not Working in Afghanistan

A new report from General Stanley McChrystal says that the U.S.’s strategy in Afghanistan is not working. The priority should be on protecting Afghans from the Taliban and that the U.S. should seek more peaceful engagement with the Taliban, McCrystal said, Christian Science Monitor.

45 Taliban were killed by security forces in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Pakistan waged a house to house effort to root out Taliban from the Swat Valley earlier this year, Associated Press.

Two firefighters have died while fighting wildfires just north of Los Angeles, California. The fires are driven by high temperatures. A dozen separate fires are raging throughout the  area, threatening over 20,000 homes, ABC News.

Japan’s new leader will be Yukio Hatoyama. After 55 years in power, the Liberal  Democratic Party was defeated in Japan  by Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan in elections held yesterday. Hatoyama will boost government spending, including increasing payments to families with children, Economist. Factbox on policy change challenges, Reuters.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Norway today to observe the effects of global climate change on the Arctic. He has made global climate change his top priority. The visit comes amid charges that Ban did not push the U.N. to stop bloodshed in Sri Lanka earlier this year when the government cracked down on Tamil Tiger rebels and ethnic Tamils, Associated Press.

What really happens to electronics when they are recycled? 60 Minutes tracks a shipping container from Denver to Hong Kong and discovers a toxic city in China, 60 Minutes story and video.

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Japan’s Ruling Party Trounced in Today’s Polls

Japanese voters rejected the Liberal Democratic Party which has been in power for five decades. Exit polls indicate that the Democratic Party of Japan trounced the ruling party and may take as many as 300 seats of Japan’s 480 seat parliament, Christian Science Monitor.

A suicide bomber killed at least 14 police recruits in the Swat Valley in Pakistan today, Voice of America.

The first mass protest since the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has remained peaceful. Members of the anti-abortion group “Operation Rescue” gathered outside the office of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, an abortion provider in Bellevue, Nebraska. Women’s rights supporters who showed up to support the clinic were estimated to outnumber the abortion protesters 2-1, CNN.

In his weekly address U.S. President Barack Obama marked the fourth anniversary of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina that struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Obama pledged to rebuild New Orleans and to also better prepare for future natural disasters.  Transcript.

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Japan’s Ruling Party Falls in Polls

Japan will hold elections this weekend. Economic conditions, including unemployment which is at a 60 year high, have damaged the popularity of Japan’s ruling party- the Liberal Democratic Party. Polls favor the Democratic Party of Japan which is more environmentally friendly and less responsive to business needs than the LDP, New York Times.

In what was said to have  been a heated discussion just a day after the Afghan election last week, U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke brought up the question of ballot-stuffing and fraud with current president Hamid Karzai. Karzai is leading with 17% of the ballots counted. If Karzai does not receive more than 50% of the vote, a run-off election will be held. Holbrooke said that a run-off would help to legitimize the election. Final results are expected to be in by September 17, Times Online.

North and South Korea will restart family reunions of families who were separated when Korea was split at the 38th parallel in 1953, Yonhap.

A 13-year-old Dutch girl, Laura Dekker, who wants to sail around the world solo has been placed in temporary custody as a ward of the state until the court makes its final decision as to whether she will be allowed to go, Voice of America.

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