New information has emerged about the suspects in the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai. Surveillance video from the hotel where the killing occurred shows 11 people working together as the murder took place. New evidence now shows those in the hotel were traveling on stolen European passports, including 6 Britons who say they were not involved in the attack, BBC News. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, is suspected to the behind the attack. More on how the assassination was planned and carried out, Telegraph. More on Mossad’s tactics, Reuters.
The U.S. is continuing street-to-street fighting in the Afghan town of Marja. The military is battling IEDs and small groups of Taliban fighters in an effort to secure the town, Al Jazeera.
The U.S. has sent one of its top diplomats to Syria in an effort to repair relations there, Associated Press. A discussion of U.S. sanctions on Syria, BBC News.
Thousands of Yemeni troops are battling Al Qaeda strongholds in Yemen, Al Jazeera. A number of recent incidents, including the recent Christmas Day attempted bombing in Detroit by a man who said he was trained in Yemen, have increased concern about the presence of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Yemen was the site of the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, PBS Newshour. The U.S. embassy in Yemen has reopened, Los Angeles Times. Profile of Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, New York Times.
Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai has taken over the title of world’s tallest building. The tower was recently renamed after Abu Dhabi’s ruler, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, gave Dubai $25 billion when Dubai announced that it would not have enough cash to repay debts on construction of the tower. Dubai is one of the 7 emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates. Its economy, which is largely based on real estate and tourism, suffered in the recent economic downturn, Voice of America.
The World Health Organization warns that the threat from the H1N1 virus is not over and is urging people to continue to get the vaccine. WHO’s director-general, who said she had been busy with travel commitments, was finally vaccinated this week, Reuters.
The U.N.’s World Food Programme has had to suspended distribution of aid in Somalia due to security concerns, Al Jazeera. Rebel groups, including the militant al-Shabab group, now control most of Somalia.
The suspect in the shootings of 4 police officers in Washington state on Sunday has been fatally shot. A Seattle officer was on a routine patrol when he encountered Maurice Clemmons, who he says charged at him. Clemmons had been arrested on charges of child rape and assaulting a police officer in May but was released on bail. He was said to be mentally unstable, CNN. 3 people accused of helping Clemmons elude police have been arrested, Seattle Post Intelligencer.
A British sailing crew who were on a yacht headed to the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race in Dubai have been detained by Iran after allegedly straying into Iranian waters, Bloomberg. Reactions, BBC News.
Sri Lanka has opened up its government-run refugee camps that have held hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees. Sri Lanka had been fighting ethnic Tamil militant groups for decades before finally eliminating the groups in a military campaign this spring, BBC News.
U.S. President Barack Obama will announce that he is sending an additional 34,000 troops to Afghanistan in a national address tonight at 8pm EST. Watch the address live on C-SPAN.