At least 50 people have been killed in the Philippines after flooding from Tropical Storm Ketsana. 21 people remain missing, but the rain has slowed down and the worst is believed to be over, for now, CNN.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says government forces may be fighting Shia rebels for years to come, but urged the rebels to accept a ceasefire. 150,000 people have been displaced because of the war and hundreds have been killed only this month alone as violence intensifies, BBC News.
Over 121 children in China are suffering from lead poisoning. The children all live near a battery plant in eastern China and the results have sparked unrest in the country over public safety, AP.
Hot Topic: Cries and Hugs at Reunion of Families in North Korea.
15 million people in Afghanistan were eligible to vote at 7,000 polling stations today in presidential and provincial races, but media reports indicate the turnout was low. The vote came amid violence and heavy security. 2 suspected suicide bombers were shot dead in the country’s capital of Kabul shortly after polls opened this morning. Voter turnout was higher in the northern part of the country, which is relatively peaceful, than in the southern part where the Taliban had said it would target anyone who participated in the election. Two people with ink-stamped fingers showing they had voted were said to have been hanged in Kandahar, New York Times. Photo Gallery of the election, BBC News.
11 Iraqi security officers have been detained for questioning after yesterday’s attacks near the heavily fortified Green Zone that killed at least 100 people and injured more than 500 in Baghdad yesterday. The kind of trucks that were used by the bombers are not allowed inside the security zone, Voice of America.
Over 1,300 children in Wenping township in Hunan province in China have lead poisoning due to fumes from a nearby manganese processing plant, Associated Press.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes magazine’s Most Powerful Women list for the 4th year in a row, Wall Street Journal.
The New York Times reports that the CIA outsourced assassinations to private security firm Blackwater (now Xe Services). It is unclear if any assassinations were actually ever carried out, New York Times.
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people has been released from prison in Scotland on “compassionate grounds.” Al-Megrahi is suffering from prostate cancer and is not expected to have long to live. Reactions to the release, Reuters.