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.