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U.S. Afghanistan Attack Kills Dozens on Eve of DC Meeting

U.S. led strike in western Afghanistan kills dozens of civilians according to the Red Cross. 25 to 30 Taliban were also killed in Bula Balek. The fighting started after Taliban fighters attacked police checkpoints, killing three Afghan police. The Afghan army and U.S. trainers called in airstrikes after the fighting escalated. The strike comes just as Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai meet with President Obama in Washington DC, BBC News. President Obama’s schedule. Violence has increased as a peace agreement between Taliban militants and Pakistan collapsed in the Swat Valley near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving member of the group that carried out the Mumbai attacks has pled not guilty, Washington Post.

Two blasts in Iraq kill at least 11, Al Jazeera.

Eight charged in Turkey for the blood-feud fueled attack during a wedding, Belfast Telegraph. Nicholas Birch on how the feud is indicative of the destabilizing effects of the war in Kurds in Turkey, the Independent.

19 are dead and 180,000 homeless in heavy flooding in Brazil, Associated Press.

Jailed Iranian/American journalist Roxana Saberi has ended her hunger strike. Saberi was convicted in Iran of spying and is awaiting appeal. Iranian officials have said that, unlike at her original trial, Saberi’s lawyer will have time to prepare her case and independent lawyers will be able to observe the trial. The appeal will also be decided by a panel of three judges rather than just the judge who made the initial guilty ruling, CNN.

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Quakes Shake Afghanistan

Two earthquakes hit the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan east of Kabul. At least 22 are dead and dozens injured, Hindustan Times.

Thai “Yellow Shirt” leader survives attempted assassination. Opponents shot Sondhi Limthingkul in the head as he was riding in a car, but he has survived, Christian Science Monitor.

Take two: Mumbai terror trial begins again today. The trial of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab that was delayed on Wednesday when his attorney was removed for conflict of interest has resumed. Kasab is accused of being the only living member of the group that conducted the Mumbai terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of more than 160 people last year, CNN International.

4 founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail in Sweden, the Local. The Local also reports that a Pirate Bay server confiscated by the Swedish police is on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology Stockholm – make your travel plans now!

A Pakistan aid conference hosted by Japan has raised more than $6 billion. Of the $6 billion Japan and the U.S. are both pledging $1 billion each, BBC News.

U.S. envoy George Mitchell meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today and later with the Prime Minister, Salam Fayad, United Press International. Bloggers are reporting that Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, has said Obama expects to see the Two State solution implemented by the end of his first term, Talking Points Memo.

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Live Post: Lahore Terror Attacks

Follow the attacks on the Pakistan police academy here. Continue reading

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Volcano Erupts in Alaska

14 people have been killed in a plane crash in Butte, Montana, including 7 children. The group is believed to have been traveling to Bozeman for a ski trip. The plane crashed just 500 feet from the airport into a cemetery, Yahoo! News.

Mumbai Terrorism

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab

The only known living perpetrator of the Mumbai terror attacks in the start of his trial has said he is from Pakistan. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab faces the death penalty if convicted. The November attacks killed 170 people in the Indian city, which lasted for days with terrorists holding hotel patrons hostage, BBC News.

Richard Falk, UN investigator into human rights in Palestine, is preparing to release a report that criticizes Israeli actions in Gaza in the battles at the start of the year. The report goes so far as to say that Israel may be tried for war crimes, but an independent investigation is necessary, BBC News.

A 15-year-old Michigan teen was killed by a taser, used by police officers trying to break up a fight. More details as they emerge, AP.

And the world’s #1 World News Story: Mount Redoubt in Alaska Has Erupted Four Times This Morning. | Photos | Twitter | Webcam (in daylight)

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