20,000 people have marched in support of progress on global climate change in London ahead of the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen next week, BBC News. Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. Join #TheWave on Twitter to show your support.
The White House has expanded the CIA’s unmanned drone program in Pakistan. The drones target Taliban militants, but have been criticized for also striking civilians, CNN.
Sekouba Konate, Guinea’s Vice President, has returned from a trip abroad to take control of the government in the wake of an assassination attempt on President Moussa Dadis Camara who is receiving medical treatment in Morocco. Camara took power in Guinea after a military coup last December. The ruling military junta has been divided since 157 opposition supporters were killed in September, BBC News.
A colleague of Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas physician who preformed late-term abortions and who was killed by an anti-abortion activist last May, has expanded his clinic to provide late-term abortions. Dr. LeRoy H. Carhart of Nebraska has also hired some of Dr. Tiller’s staff members. Late-term abortions are controversial in the United States, New York Times.
Guinea’s military leader, Capt. Moussa Dadis Camara, was shot and wounded by one of his aids today. Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakite is believed to be responsible for the attack and is said to have been arrested. Officials say Camara is doing well, BBC News.
The death toll from this morning’s bomb attack in Somalia has risen to at least 19. Four government ministers were killed in the suicide attack, which has been condemned worldwide. Government officials say they believe Islamist militants al-Shabab are responsible, BBC News.
Jewish organizations are siding with the Muslim world over the outrage caused by the Swiss ban on constructing minarets (architecture commonly seen on mosques). The ban was passed after 57 percent of the Swiss population voted in favor, but the country is receiving worldwide heat and many are saying the ban is discriminatory. Italy is also considering introducing a ban on minarets, Jerusalem Post.
The U.S. Senate has passed an amendment to the health care bill that expands women’s access to things such as mammograms, which are preventive services, CNN.
The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization has predicted that global food production must increase by 70 percent in the next 40 years or 370 million people could be facing famine. By 2050, the world’s population is suppose to rise from 6.7 billion to 9.1 billion, BBC News.
West Africa’s economic group, Ecowas, says Guinea is in danger of becoming a dictatorship. The country’s junta has been using “arbitrary and irresponsible” practices to enforce their power since taking over the county last year. Two weeks ago, dozens were killed when police opened fire on crowds attending a rally, BBC News.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has repaid almost $20,000 in parliamentary expenses. Brown is the highest level politician to be involved with the expense-account scandal that erupted this summer, Guardian UK.
The death toll in Guinea after protesters were shot by government forces, reported last night, has reached 128. Human rights organizations have also received reports of bayonetings and of women being stripped and raped in the streets. Over 50,000 people were protesting yesterday after rumors began circulating that Junta head Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who seized power in December 2008, was intending to run for president, BBC News.
Many towns in the Philippines are still under water and the death toll from Tropical Storm Ketsana has risen to 246. 100,000 people alone in the Manila area have been displaced and the city has been declared a “state of calamity.” The storm has now reached Vietnam, where it has claimed the lives of 23 people, New York Times.
Unfortunately, the Philippines is also bracing for more bad weather. A new storm is expected to near the country on Thursday and then make landfall later in the week on the island of Luzon, much in the same way as Ketsana, Reuters.
The White House has cleared 75 Guantanamo detainees for release. Most of those on the list were captured after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Reuters.
A roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan has killed 30 people and injured another 39. The bomb struck a bus carrying Afghan civilians, and the bombing shows that civilian deaths are rising in the country. Nine women and seven children were among the dead, AP.
58 people are dead after security forces fired on protesters in the African nation of Guinea today. They were protesting the current military government (which took power last December) and the expected announcement that the military leader currently in charge, Moussa Dadis Camara, will run in national elections in January 2010. Leaders of the opposition were also arrested at the rally, Al Jazeera.
China is preparing a massive celebration for October 1, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Photo gallery of the preparations, CNN. A CNN reporter, Emily Chang, was granted permission to interview members of the Communist Youth League in advance of the anniversary, CNN International. Tour of Mao’s hometown, CNN Asia.
The Oxfam international aid agency has issued an emergency call for aid to Ethiopia and other East African countries. The area is experiencing the worst drought in 10 years, BBC News.
A new study says that most corporations aren’t paying taxes in the United States:
The Government Accountability Office said 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2000.
Senators Byron Dorgan and Carl Levin requested the study so that the U.S. government can work to plug holes in the tax code, Reuters. The process companies use to avoid paying taxes is illustrated in the 2007 film Michael Clayton, IMDB.
The publication date of the memoirs of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been moved up from next spring to November 17 of this year. The book will be called “Going Rogue,” Associated Press.