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September 11, 2001 Remembered

Today is the 8th anniversary of what is now known as the “September 11th” attacks in which extremists connected to al Qaeda crashed hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third plane was hijacked but passengers were able to over take the hijackers before it reached its intended target. The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Memorials are taking place today at all three sites. Vice President Joe Biden will be in New York City at the World Trade Center site and President Barack Obama will be at the Pentagon memorial, Associated Press. Life after 9/11, New York Times. A firefighter recalls losing his sons, NPR. Live coverage of the memorials, C-SPAN. Video library of the attacks, C-SPAN.

Taiwan’s former President Chen Shui-bian has been sentenced to life in prison on charges of fraud and embezzlement, New York Times.

Riots have continued for a second day the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Supporters of one of the regions ethnic kings have clashed with police backed the military and the central government, Al Jazeera.

Details are surfacing about the whereabouts of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was out of public view on Monday. Sources now say Netanyahu was in Russia possibly meeting with Vladamir Putin concerning the cargo ship Arctic Sea that disappeared last month for several weeks. The ship may have been carrying missiles to Iran, BBC News.

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Flash Floods in Midwest Continue

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.

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