U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today despite Chinese concerns. China views the Dalai Lama as a threat because he calls for autonomy for Tibet, CNN. More on the relationship between the West and the Dalai Lama, BBC News.
8 of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti after attempting to leave the country with children they claimed to be orphans have been released. The children in fact were not orphans- their parents had been told the children were being taken to the Dominican Republic, Washington Post.
More fallout from the Israel planned assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, Al Jazeera. Stolen UK passports were used by the assassins to enter Dubai, BBC News.
An Egyptian soldier was killed yesterday after gunfire with traded between the Egyptian military and Hamas during a protest by Palestinians over the building of a wall that would block tunnels currently used to smuggle supplies into Gaza. Tunnels are used to bring supplies as well as weapons into Gaza which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2006, Reuters. More on the protests, Al Jazeera.
The attack that killed 7 CIA agents in Afghanistan last week was carried out by a double-agent whom Jordanian officials thought was only posing as an Islamic militant. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi had been recruited to help provide intelligence on Al Qaeda. His writings on jihadist websites were well known, PBS Newshour.
The best and worst jobs in 2010, Reuters.
Complaining that developed countries aren’t doing enough to cut their own emissions, delegates from poor nations walked out on talks at the climate change summit in Copenhagen today, AFP. At issue is whether the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which required wealthy nations to cut their emissions but was not signed by the United States, will be continued or ignored.
More than 100,000 people protested in the streets of Copenhagen over the weekend as the talks entered their second week, New York Times.
The 22nd anniversary of the political/militant group Hamas is being celebrated in Gaza City today with massive rallies, Al Jazeera. Who are Hamas?, BBC News.
Gunmen in the Philippines releases 47 hostages after securing promises from the government that they would not be arrested for the hostage-taking or for previous crimes, Al Jazeera.
Britain’s former director of public prosecutions, Ken Macdonald, issued a scathing condemnation of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for his role in convincing the British people to accept joining the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, CNN. Macdonald’s editorial, Times Online.
Democrat Annise Parker, a Houston city controller who is also openly gay, defeated Republican Gene Locke in a run-off election to be mayor of Houston, Houston Chronicle. Analysis of the race, including how Parker’s sexual orientation was not much of an idea, 538.
The Palestinian political group Hamas has reached an agreement that other militant groups will stop firing rockets into Israel for a year. The agreement also suggests that Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been held in Palestine for over 3 years, may be released soon in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, Guardian.
23 people are dead after a ferry sank in Indonesia. Over 200 people had to be rescued, BBC News.
The United States is one step closer to health care reform after the U.S. Senate voted last night 60-39 on a procedural motion to move debate further, Voice of America.
Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan had his first hearing for charges in the deaths of 13 people. Hasan, who is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a civilian police officer, had the hearing in his hospital room. New evidence has emerged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the FBI had intercepted emails from Hasan to people connected with al Qaeda but that information was not passed on to the military, BBC News.
A Canadian woman has lost her long-term disability benefits for depression after an insurance agent for her private supplemental insurance saw a picture of her on Facebook smiling and having a good time on vacation, Associated Press.
In a second referendum vote, Ireland has voted in favor of the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to reform the workings of the European Union. A first referendum was held in June 2008 and only 10 out of 43 parliamentary constituencies were in favor of the treaty. In contrast, this time 41 constituencies voted in favor. Ireland was the only EU nation to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Guardian UK. The Telegraph has posted a Q&A of the treaty here.
A Hamas official is denying reports that the Palestine National Authority will control the Gaza Strip after an agreement between Hamas and Fatah. A reconciliation deal is expected to be signed later this month in Cairo and some reports say Palestine will hold official elections next year, Xinhau.
Three foreign aid workers held hostage for three months have been released in Somalia. The workers, who work for Action Against Hunger, were kidnapped in Kenya by about 10 Somali gunmen. It is not known if a ransom was paid for their release, but they are all reported to be in good health and safe, BBC News.
Some parts of the U.S. will begin to receive H1N1 vaccines early next week. 600,000 doses of the nasal spray FluMist will be spread across 21 states and more will be sent out later in the week, USA Today.
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An assassination attempt on former US President Jimmy Carter was thwarted during his visit to the Gaza strip. Palestinian militants linked to al Qaeda planned to detonate roadside bombs as Carter crossed from Gaza into Israel. The bombs were discovered by Hamas and detonated before the President reached the crossing. Carter has been a vocal supporter of peace in the Middle East and has drawn criticism for calling Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people ‘apartheid’, Haaretz. Carter was not accepted as a broker of Mid-East peace by the Bush administration, despite having received the Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiation of peace between Egypt and Israel in the late 1970s. Carter is expected to play an expanded role in mediating in concert with the Obama administration, Christian Science Monitor.