In a reversal of an agreement made by the George W. Bush administration, the White House announced today that the U.S. will not go ahead with European missile defense plans. Plans for missiles that were to be put in Poland as well as a radar station station in the Czech Republic have been scrapped. The administration says that Iran’s missile system, which the Bush administration had insisted the installations were designed to counter, is not sufficiently developed to pose a threat, Reuters.
Suicide bombers on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan targeted two NATO vehicles earlier today. At least 6 Italian soldiers were killed as well as 10 Afghan civilians, CNN International.
Indonesia is reporting that a raid has resulted in the death of Islamic militant Noordin Top who is thought to have been the mastermind behind last summer’s bombings of two luxury hotels in Jakarta as well as multiple past bombings. Top had been hunted for the past 9 years, Reuters.
Raymond Clark III, 24, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Yale graduate student Annie M. Le. Police said DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene, New York Times.
70 years ago today Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. Remembrances are being held throughout Poland today. Polish officials have called for Russia to acknowledge its role in the start of World War II which includes signing a non-aggression pact with Germany. Poland has also asked for an apology for the Katyn massacre in which the entire Polish officer corps was killed. After the war, it came to light that Stalin had ordered the massacre, Reuters. Archive of memories of the war, BBC.
The Dalai Lama is in Taiwan for five days of mass prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot. He says his visit is not political but China has cancelled planned visits of Chinese officials to Taiwan, CNN. Slideshow of the typhoon’s destruction, CNN.
Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth, a group of 53 former British colonies and possessions, for refusing to call elections next year. Fiji is ruled by a military dictatorship who seized power in 2006, BBC News. An investigation of the relationship between the bottlers of Fiji water and Fiji’s ruling dictators, Mother Jones.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Moammar Gadhafi to power in Libya, Voice of America.