70 years ago today Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. Remembrances are being held throughout Poland today. Polish officials have called for Russia to acknowledge its role in the start of World War II which includes signing a non-aggression pact with Germany. Poland has also asked for an apology for the Katyn massacre in which the entire Polish officer corps was killed. After the war, it came to light that Stalin had ordered the massacre, Reuters. Archive of memories of the war, BBC.
The Dalai Lama is in Taiwan for five days of mass prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot. He says his visit is not political but China has cancelled planned visits of Chinese officials to Taiwan, CNN. Slideshow of the typhoon’s destruction, CNN.
Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth, a group of 53 former British colonies and possessions, for refusing to call elections next year. Fiji is ruled by a military dictatorship who seized power in 2006, BBC News. An investigation of the relationship between the bottlers of Fiji water and Fiji’s ruling dictators, Mother Jones.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Moammar Gadhafi to power in Libya, Voice of America.
The search continues for missing cargo ship the Arctic Sea. The ship was carrying timber worth $1.8 billion from Finland and was last seen off the coast of France. The crew reported being boarded by 12 armed men as it passed through the Baltic Sea, but later reported that the men had left in an inflatable boat. Before loading in Finland, the ship, which has a 15 member Russian crew, sat for two weeks at a port in Kaliningrad, Russia leading some to speculate that unrecorded Russian cargo may be aboard or that the ship is part of a Russian commercial dispute, BBC News. Breaking: Reports that the vessel has been spotted near Gibraltar and is being shadowed by a Russian warship, Al Jazeera.
A South Korean Hyundai worker who has been held by North Korea for nearly five months has been released. Yu Seong-jin, work is a technician at a joint Hyundai Asan park that uses North Korean labor. Yu was accused of criticizing North Korea’s political system. North Korea also claims he was trying to persuade a North Korean woman to defect. The chairwoman of Hyundai Group, Hyun Jung-eun, traveled to Pyongyang to secure his release, Yonhap.
Germany and France both saw .3% growth in the second quarter, indicating that Europe might be pulling out of recession, Reuters.
A third person in the U.S. has died from the swine flu. The latest victim, a man in his 30s from Washington state, had underlying heart conditions. Other countries that have reported deaths are Mexico, 48 dead, and one deceased in both Canada and Cuba. 40 percent of those affected by the flu in the U.S. are between the ages of 11 to 18, but the deaths have not happened in that age range, MSNBC.
The German government have announced that they plan to outlaw paintball and other games that simulate violence, including laser tag. This comes after a school shooting in the country earlier this year that left sixteen dead, BBC News.
As reported this afternoon, sources confirm that the body found earlier outside of Athens, Ga, was indeed that of former UGA professor George Zinkhan. He murdered three people exactly two weeks ago and seemingly disappeared after the shooting. Police found his car abandoned in the woods last week, and his body was found a mile away from the vehicle. Police say he partially buried himself in the woods before committing suicide, possibly to make it harder to find his body, USA Today.
President Obama entertained tonight at the White House Correspondents Dinner with 3,000 journalists and celebrities in attendance. Of Dick Cheney, the President said the former VP was busy writing his memoir, “How to shoot friends and interrogate people,” MSNBC.