In a live address at West Point, President Obama outlined his plan for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, adding 30,000 troops and looking to pull all from the country by the end of 2011. He also seeks to pull all combat brigades from Iraq next year. President Obama’s full remarks can be found here.
Today, December 1st, is World Aids Day. In honor, South Africa has pledged to treat all babies under the age of one who are HIV-positive. In the country, 59,000 babies are born infected every year, but the government has in the past avoided treating them because drugs are too costly, BBC News.
The CEO of General Motors, Frederick “Fritz” Henderson, stepped down today from his post after eight months on the job. The company plans to start an international search for the open presidential and CEO positions, NPR.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has condemned Switzerland for banning minarets, the tall spires with conical crowns commonly found on Islamic mosques. 57.5 percent of the Swiss population approved the ban on constructing new minarets, but Pillay is worried the ban will cause deep division in the country, Voice of America.
Brazilian and French authorities are still searching for Air France Flight 447, which disappeared off radar screens this morning. 228 people were on board and are feared dead. Some reports say a TAM pilot spotted “orange dots” in the ocean this morning and believe it may have been burning wreckage, IBN.
At least five Somali police officers have been killed by a roadside bomb in Mogadishu. Recent fighting around the capital city has left 200 dead and over 60,00o people have fled the area, BBC News.
A U.S. military recruiter was shot and killed today and another wounded by a man who had recently converted to Islam and who was angry at the military. Carlos Bledsoe, 24, of Little Rock, is in custody for the shooting. William Long, 24, of Conway was killed and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville was wounded, but is listed in stable condition, USA Today.
Take a look at NPR’s Q&A about General Motors’ bankruptucy filing here.
Libyan officials say a boat carrying more than 250 migrants to Europe has sunk. Only 20 people have been rescued. Reuters reported another shipwreck carrying 342 migrants, but that has not been confirmed, BBC News.
The two American journalists detained in North Korea last week will be tried for committing “hostile acts” against the country. If found guilty, they could be kept for years in a labor camp. The reporters are Laura Ling and Euna Lee from Current TV, NY Times.
Take a look at our post on Obama’s auto industry speech for video, articles, and reactions.
And the #1 World News Story: Pakistan Taliban Chief Claims Lahore Attack.
BNO has posted the prepared remarks of President Obama’s speech here. Video and reactions will be posted here as soon as they are available. Downloads of the White House’s viability statements on GM and Chrysler under the cut.
CNN: Obama announces plans for GM, Chrysler. Continue reading
The siege by gunmen of the Manawan police training school in Lahore, Pakistan is over. Gunmen dressed as police stormed the facility on Monday. The initial attack is thought to have killed 20 cadets. Pakistani security forces, who surrounded the compound as up to 800 were held hostage by the gunmen, were able to gain access to the compound and subdue the terrorists using tear gas. Although several arrests have been made, it is also reported that some of the gunmen may have blown themselves up. More information will be posted as official reports come in, Sky News.
Earlier this month, Lahore was the site of an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team which killed six police, two civilians, and wounded several players, AFP.
U.S. President Obama to announce restructuring plan for troubled automakers General Motors and Chrysler. The address is scheduled to begin at 11 am EDT, The Oakland Press.
The Red River continues its retreat from flood levels near Fargo, North Dakota; Winnipeg, Manitoba prepares for ice jams and floods, CBC.
Computer security experts are warning of the “Conficker” worm, a sleeper worm which is thought to be set to trigger on April 1. The worm is believed to infect over 10 million computers worldwide. Windows users can install the Conficker patch at microsoft.com/conficker. Experts advise backing up data before the worm, whose intentions are unknown, is released, National Business Review.
General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has resigned from the company as of early Monday morning. White House officials say his resignation was part of the government’s federal bailout deal. Wagoner has been a controversial figure during the economic crisis and many felt he was not doing enough to get GM out of bankruptcy, CNN.
As we reported earlier, 8 people have been killed at a nursing home in Carthage, North Carolina by a single gunman, who was injured during the shooting. A nurse was among the fatalities and the others dead were residents. The gunman is 45-year-old Robert Stewart and not believed to be related to any of the victims or residents at the home, BBC News.
22 fans were killed at a World Cup qualifier between the Ivory Coast and Malawi on Sunday after a stampede caused a wall to collapse. More than 130 were injured, CNN.
Reporter’s Notebook: NPR reporter Marisa Peñaloza takes a look at the startling difference between the Juarez, Mexico of the past and the violence-ridden town it has become, NPR.
And the #1 World News Story: BREAKING NEWS: 20 Dead at Pakistan Police Academy, Gunmen in Standoff With Police.