A NATO team has arrived in Kunduz province in Afghanistan to investigate the airstrike that blew up two hijacked fuel tankers and killed 90 people (Taliban militants and civilians) yesterday. A German commander authorized the strike early Friday morning but a German patrol didn’t reach the area until 10 hours later, CNN International.
Al Jazeera has video of the aftermath of the incident.
After recent months of unrest and rioting, the head Communist Party official and the police chief of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China have both been fired, Xinhua. It is rare that Chinese officials are removed from power. Q & A: China and the Uighurs, BBC News.
UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw has admitted that oil was a factor in the deal to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi. al Megrahi is dying of cancer and was released from prison in Scotland to go home to Libya on “compassionate grounds.” The move was met with sharp disapproval by the U.S. as there were many American victims on Pan Am Flight 103, the plane the al Megrahi is convicted of bombing in 1988, CNN.
Amazon has apologized for deleting content its Kindle e-book device without user permission. In July Amazon deleted the George Orwell books “1984” and “Animal Farm” because the company discovere it did not have authorization to publish the books. The move sparked outrage and brought up questions of whether digital content is actually owned or just rented by the consumer, CNET.
President Obama’s Weekly Address looks forward to Labor Day (next Monday) and focuses on economic challenges ahead.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Hawaii becoming a state, but celebrations will be low-key. Some native Hawaiians regret that Hawaii lost its independence, USA Today.
At least 4 police officers are dead in separate suicide bombing attacks in Grozny, Chechnya. The attacks follow a massive suicide truck bombing in Ingushetia earlier in the week where 25 people were killed and over 250 injured, New York Times.
Controversy continues to surround the release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Critics assert that al-Megrahi’s release was influenced by business concerns, in particular the UK’s interest in Libya’s oil reserves. In April, the UK and Libya signed a prisoner transfer deal that would have allowed al-Megrahi to serve out his sentence in a Libya prison. There are 26 Libyans in UK prisons. Al-Megrahi was the only Libyan prisoner in Scotland and the only prisoner convicted of a terrorism-related offense, New York Times.
While still denying that Taliban leader in Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud has died in a drone airstrike, deputy leader Maulvi Faqir Mohammad said he has taken over command, Al Jazeera.
Both current President Hamid Karzai and leading challenger Abdullah Abdullah have claimed victory in yesterday’s Afghan election. The votes are being counted and the results should be released next week. Voters will have until September 17 to make complaints before the election results are final. About 26 people died in Afghanistan due to violence by insurgents yesterday. The voter turnout is estimated at between 40% and 50%, Guardian.
A North Korean delegation laid a wreath at the memorial altar for former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung who, in 2000, was the first head of state to meet with his North Korean counterpart since the Korean War. After escalating tensions, the visit could be a sign that North Korea is open to relaxing relations, Yonhap.
In-depth look at the 46 million (about 15% of the total U.S. population) individuals in America who are uninsured, NPR.