Noordin Mohammed Top, one of the most wanted terrorists in Asia, has been killed in a police raid, says Indonesian police. Top is believed to have been the mastermind behind the Bali and Jakarta bombings, which killed over 200 people. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned that despite Top’s death, there is a still a threat in the region of terrorism, saying that “we cannot afford to be complacent,” Bloomberg.
The U.S. has pledged to give 10 percent of their H1N1 vaccine stock to the World Health Organization (WHO), which will then be given to poor countries. Australia, Brazil, Britain, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland will also donate, Washington Post.
A government airstrike in Yemen has killed more than 80 people, most of which were civilian refugees. The strike shows that the war is worsening between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, New York Times.
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1,000 people believed lost following typhoon Morakot in Taiwan have been found. However, hundreds more are still missing. Rescue efforts are underway, Associated Press. Amazing photos of the storm, the destruction and rescue efforts, The Big Picture.
Officials have confirmed that the person killed in last weekend’s raid was not Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammed Top. DNA evidence shows instead the man was Ibrohim, who was also wanted in connection with last month’s Marriott and Ritz Carlton bombings in Jakarta. Ibrohim had worked as a florist in the hotels since 2005 and was able to bypass security to bring in explosives, Voice of America.
China has issued a statement on the conviction of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said “international society should fully respect Myanmar’s judicial sovereignty,” Reuters.
Schools have closed on Mumbai, India on fears of spreading swine flu, BBC News.
Khmer Rouge jail chief Comrade Duch, while still denying the extent of his involvement in war crimes in Cambodia in the 1970s, says he will accept the decisions of the UN backed tribunal and “the strictest level of punishment” for his crimes, AFP.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Russia will spend $500 million on military bases in Abkhazia, a disputed area of Georgia that Russia has declared to be an independent state, BBC News.