Japanese voters rejected the Liberal Democratic Party which has been in power for five decades. Exit polls indicate that the Democratic Party of Japan trounced the ruling party and may take as many as 300 seats of Japan’s 480 seat parliament, Christian Science Monitor.
A suicide bomber killed at least 14 police recruits in the Swat Valley in Pakistan today, Voice of America.
The first mass protest since the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has remained peaceful. Members of the anti-abortion group “Operation Rescue” gathered outside the office of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, an abortion provider in Bellevue, Nebraska. Women’s rights supporters who showed up to support the clinic were estimated to outnumber the abortion protesters 2-1, CNN.
In his weekly address U.S. President Barack Obama marked the fourth anniversary of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina that struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Obama pledged to rebuild New Orleans and to also better prepare for future natural disasters. Transcript.