At least 50 people have been killed in the Philippines after flooding from Tropical Storm Ketsana. 21 people remain missing, but the rain has slowed down and the worst is believed to be over, for now, CNN.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says government forces may be fighting Shia rebels for years to come, but urged the rebels to accept a ceasefire. 150,000 people have been displaced because of the war and hundreds have been killed only this month alone as violence intensifies, BBC News.
Over 121 children in China are suffering from lead poisoning. The children all live near a battery plant in eastern China and the results have sparked unrest in the country over public safety, AP.
Hot Topic: Cries and Hugs at Reunion of Families in North Korea.
Honduras has imposed a curfew from 4pm to 7am local time as ousted President Manuel Zelaya makes his return to the country. Zelaya is currently inside the Brazilian embassy. Interim leader Roberto Micheletti has called for Brazil to hand over Zelaya and says Brazil will be held responsible for any violence, BBC News.
More than 100 people have been killed by militiamen in southern Sudan in ethnic clashes. The UN says the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked civilians and security forces, possibly in retaliation for the deaths of 185 Lou Nuer members last month in the same area, BBC News.
Six people have been killed as flooding in the Southeast U.S. continues. Five of the six killed were in the Atlanta area and many schools have been closed, MSNBC.
U.S. led strike in western Afghanistan kills dozens of civilians according to the Red Cross. 25 to 30 Taliban were also killed in Bula Balek. The fighting started after Taliban fighters attacked police checkpoints, killing three Afghan police. The Afghan army and U.S. trainers called in airstrikes after the fighting escalated. The strike comes just as Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai meet with President Obama in Washington DC, BBC News. President Obama’s schedule. Violence has increased as a peace agreement between Taliban militants and Pakistan collapsed in the Swat Valley near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving member of the group that carried out the Mumbai attacks has pled not guilty, Washington Post.
Two blasts in Iraq kill at least 11, Al Jazeera.
Eight charged in Turkey for the blood-feud fueled attack during a wedding, Belfast Telegraph. Nicholas Birch on how the feud is indicative of the destabilizing effects of the war in Kurds in Turkey, the Independent.
19 are dead and 180,000 homeless in heavy flooding in Brazil, Associated Press.
Jailed Iranian/American journalist Roxana Saberi has ended her hunger strike. Saberi was convicted in Iran of spying and is awaiting appeal. Iranian officials have said that, unlike at her original trial, Saberi’s lawyer will have time to prepare her case and independent lawyers will be able to observe the trial. The appeal will also be decided by a panel of three judges rather than just the judge who made the initial guilty ruling, CNN.
A man has killed his family as well as himself today in Middlewood, Maryland. 34-year-old Christopher Wood murdered his wife, two sons, ages 4 and 5, and 2-year-old daughter with a gun and, police suspect, a knife. This is a growing trend in America with several reported cases of family murder-suicides this year alone, CNN.
President Obama has spoken out against the 8-year sentence given by Iran to an American journalist. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president “is deeply disappointed at this news.” The U.S. is working with Swiss diplomats in Iran, as they lack ties in the country, to get information on the case, NPR.
Houston, Texas is experiencing massive flooding and 5 children are missing after a car was swept away in a flash flood, MyFox Houston. Officials estimate millions of dollars of damage already and say flooding is worse than the disastrous 1994 floods, WTVY.
The U.S. will boycott a United Nations racism meeting because the language in the meeting’s final document could be seen as criticism of Israel. The U.S. is also concerned that the text could lead to restrictions of free speech for Israel, MSNBC.
In some good news, 10-year-old Damon Weaver, made famous after interviews with Vice President Joe Biden and NBA star Dwanye Wade, has been offered a full college scholarship by Albany State University in Georgia after he completes high school. Weaver also had a heartbreaking segment featured on 20/20 where he talked about gun violence in his hometown (watch the video here, 21 minute mark). The aspiring jounalist and Florida native plans to accept the offer, WPBF.
Russia has announced a change of status in the federal republic of Chechnya. Russian military is still expected to occupy much of Chechnya, especially capital city Grozny, but the change will allow Chechnya more freedom to operate economically and to open an international airport. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Chechnya gained de facto independence in the First Chechen War. In Second Chechan War, Russia retook Grozny in 1999 and Russian rule was reestablished. Rebels, who are confined mainly to the mountains, have not been able to carry out guerrilla attacks since 2006, BBC News.
Security is tight in India as elections begin. Maoist rebels make up a significant portion of the central eastern region of India where voting started today. The rebels, who want India to become a communist state, have said they intend to disrupt the elections, BBC News. Breaking News: At least 16 people, including 9 security personnel are dead following an attack by Maoist rebels in eastern India, AFP. SBS/Dateline Report on Maoist insurgency on YouTube.
Sandbagging continues as the Red River rises in southern Manitoba. The flood is predicted to be the second worst in the past 100 years, following the “flood of the century” in 1997, CBC News.
A joint statement released by Britain and France alleges that Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka are using civilians as human shields and actively prevented civilians from leaving war zones during a two-day ceasefire last week, Deutsche Welle. Tamils continue their occupation of the streets near Parliament Hill in Ottawa with several people also conducting a hunger strike, Ottawa Citizen.