The death toll from last night’s earthquake in central Italy has risen to over 150 people and workers are still searching through the rubble for survivors. 60 people have been rescued so far, BBC News.
U.S. officials say a serious plot to assassinate President Obama in Turkey has been foiled. Details are scarce, but a Syrian man was arrested last week in connection with the plot, CNN.
Somalian pirates have hijacked 3 ships in the last 2 days, including a Taiwanese war ship. The other two ships were from Yemen and Great Britain. According to analysts, these hijacks further suggest that the pirates are now targeting war ships farther out from the African coast, MSNBC.
On Monday, senior administration officials told the New York Times that the United States will engage in more drone attacks in Pakistan. These attacks have caused much uproar in the Asian country and the Taliban has retailated against them. A Taliban leader claimed that last month’s attack on a Lahore police academy was in response to the drone attacks. Leaders have also threatened two suicide bombings a week if the attacks continue, NY Times.
Falling short of the predicted maximum height of 43 feet, the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota is believed to have peaked, USA Today.
Suspects arrested in Pakistan mosque bombing. Two men have been arrested in connection with the attack which killed at least 51 people in Jamrud, Pakistan on Friday, CNN.
George Galloway, a member of the British Parliament, has been barred from entering Canada by the Canadian federal government. Galloway is slated to appear in Toronto, Mississagua, Ottawa and Montreal this week for a speaking tour. He has said he will attempt to cross the border and organizers are prepared to broadcast his speeches via telephone if Galloway is denied entry. Canada considers Galloway a terrorist and a supporter of a terrorist organization. Galloway gave $45,000 as well as humanitarian goods to the Hamas government, a Palestinian socio-political group that controls Gaza. Though declared a terrorist organization by Israel, Canada, the European Union and the United States, Hamas won a majority in democraticly held elections in 2006, Globe ad Mail.
Another avalanche takes the life of a snowmobiler. The incident occurred near Golden, British Columbia, Globe and Mail.
Villanova squeaks into the Final Four in college basketball’s NCAA tournament. Villanova defeated Pittsburgh 78-76 Saturday night. Scottie Reynolds scored the final two points for Villanova with five-tenths of a second left in the game, New York Times.
Breaking News: At least 48 are reported dead and 70 wounded in a suicide attack at a mosque in Jamrud, Pakistan. The attack occurred inside the mosque during Friday prayers. The mosque is completely destroyed. Jamrud is on a NATO supply route through Pakistan to Afghanistan, The Guardian.
At least 50 dead and 22 missing in Indonesian dam break outside the city of Jakarta. The cause of the dam break is currently unknown, The Jakarta Post.
Call for more volunteers as sandbagging continues in Fargo, North Dakota to hold off the rising Red River, Valley News Live.
Bodies of 2 snowmobilers who died in an avalanche on Tuesday are recovered by search teams in McBride, British Columbia, CBC News.
Brazilian President Da Silva, in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the capital city of Brasilia, says the financial crisis was caused by “white people, blue-eyed people,” UK Times Online.
Turn out your lights for Earth Hour tomorrow at 8:30 pm local time wherever you are, official site.
Breaking News: A new report claims Osama Bin Laden is alive in Pakistan and plotting a new attack on the U.S. and its allies. An unidentified senior U.S. official told Reuters that intel showed Bin Laden was planning to attack safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sky News.
Cracks in a levee have forced evacuations in Fargo, North Dakota. A neighborhood and a nursing home were evacuated last Thursday night. Officials now say the water will crest at 43 feet, not 41, which puts into doubt whether the town is safe. Governor John Hoeven has asked for 500 extra National Guard troops, AP.
U.S. officials say President Obama plans to send 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan later this year. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said troops may deployed as soon as June. The troops will, among other tasks, help train Afghan security forces. To date, there are 17,000 U.S. soldiers in the country, BBC News.
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Flash floods continue on the Red River and the Missouri River in the Midwest. Residents continue to sandbag along the Red River near Fargo, North Dakota. Crests of the river could reach as much as 41 feet. An ice jam on the same river threatens areas in Manitoba, including Winnipeg. 40 homes have been evacuated. The province spent over $11 million on breaking up the ice already this season, CBC News.
Courts in China uphold the convictions of two men involved in the tainted milk scandal. The men knowingly sold milk contaminated with melamine. 6 children died and over 300,000 became ill. One of the men is sentenced to spend 8 years in prison; the other man is sentenced to death, Washington Post.
A new Pentagon report outlines advances in Chinese military capabilities. China has decreased the size of the military to focus on technological advances, including cyber warfare and longer range missiles, CNN.
At least 11 dead in Pakistan suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan. The attack targeted anti-Taliban fighters who were loyal to pro-government leader Turkistan Bitani, International Herald Tribune.
At least 16 dead in northern Baghdad car bombing, Yahoo News.
Fatal avalanches continue in British Columbia, Canada. One person died yesterday in an avalanche near Kimberley. Two others have been missing since Tuesday and are feared dead. 21 people have died in avalanches in British Columbia this year, Globe and Mail.
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu has pulled together a coalition that will back him as Prime Minister of Israel. Previously viewed world-wide as a right-winger, Netanyahu has reversed course to say he will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority. The coalition includes the Labor Party under leader Ehud Barak who made his support conditional on Netanyahu’s promise to negotiate with Palestine. Netanyahu was previously prime minister from 1996 to 1999. Palestinian leaders, as well as U.S. President Barack Obama, favor a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel and Palestine both having clearly demarcated borders and legally recognized governments, BBC News.
Israelis and Israeli Arabs clashed in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. Yesterday morning members of a far-right activist group in Israel attempted to march with Israeli flags on the town of Umm al-Fahm- a town in Israel inhabited predominantly by Arab citizens of Israel. Thousands of police were dispatched to quell violence. Skirmishes broke out as the far-right group attempted to march through the town and a counter demonstration by Israeli Arabs, some carrying the Palestinian flag, pushed back. Several police were wounded, Al Bawaba.
The state of North Dakota was declared a federal disaster zone in response to recent flooding. North Dakota was also badly affected by flooding in 1997 which killed 11 people in the United States. Heavy snowfall and an early freeze are cited as causes of the flooding, CBC News.
Thai troops crossed a disputed border with Cambodia on Wednesday. The 11th century Preah Vihear temple is claimed by both Thailand and Cambodia. In 1962, the International Court of Justice ruled that the temple belonged to Cambodia. Cambodia applied to have the area declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations last year. Thai officials deny that they have crossed any territory unlawfully, CNN International.