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Germany’s Top Soldier Resigns over Civilians Deaths

Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Germany’s top soldier in Afghanistan, has resigned due to allegations of a cover-up of the events of September 4 in which a fuel truck that has been stolen by militants was blown up by a NATO airstrike under the command of the German military. Many civilians were also killed in the attack, although reports range from between 30 to 70 civilian deaths. Schneiderhan resigned because he was allegedly involved in a cover-up in which the German military at first insisted that no civilians had been killed, BBC News.

Today marks the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai, India. Mumbai is marking the day with vigils and commemorations, Associated Press.  More on the 26/11 memorials, Times of India.

A new report says that the Catholic Church in Ireland covered up child abuse by priests.  The government-produced report looked at allegations against 46 priests from 1975-2004, Associated Press.

The website Wikileaks has posted half a million text messages that it says are from September 11th, 2001, CNN.

The U.N. has called for more effort to eliminate violence against women, Xinhua.

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Fighting On Yemen/Saudi Borders Continues

Fighting continues on the border Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the fifth straight day. Shia Houthis in Yemen have been fighting the Yemen military for their own government since August. The fighting has recently expanded to include Saudi border areas and the Saudi military, Al Jazeera.

Jason Rodriguez, a former employee of Reynolds Smith & Hills in Orlando, Florida, entered the business yesterday and shot 6, killing 1 and wounding 5. He was arrested at his home. Rodriguez was fired from the engineering firm two years ago and recently filed for bankruptcy, CNN.

The U.S. Labor Department announced that the jobless rate for Americans is over 10%, a 26-year high, ABC News.

A British tourist was killed when a man walked into a bar in Amarillo, Texas and opened fire. The shooter, whose motives are unknown, is in custody, BBC News.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 and injured 38 when he opened fire in a Soldier Readiness Center at the Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas, was sent to Fort Hood for a “fresh start” after having a difficult time at Walter Reed. Questions about whether the military missed warning signs that Hasan was unstable, USA Today. A FBI team has been dispatched to Fort Hood to reenact the shooting in an effort to understand how events unfolded, USA Today.  More on the victims of the Fort Hood shooting, New York  Times. Reflections on the Fort Hood tragedy by a veteran of Vietnam, New York Times.

A NATO airstrike yesterday mistakenly killed Afghan police and civilians. The strike occurred during a search for two 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers who are missing, Washington Post.

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