Over 40 people have been killed in multiple suicide attacks across Iraq today. There was a double suicide attack in the town of Tal Afar. One bomb detonated at the house of a security official and as people gathered to survey the damage and help the wounded, another bomb was detonated. Other bombings occurred in Sadr City and Baghdad, CNN.
G8 countries have agreed to targets to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 in developed countries and by 50% by 2050 in lesser developed countries. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the targets do not go far enough, BBC News.
In Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the army’s bloody battle with Tamil separatist militants, 5 doctors who had reported on the violence have recanted their story. Because the area was closed off to media, reports from doctors were the only independent information available about the casualties. The doctors had reported that 1000s were killed or injured from government shelling. They are now in government custody and have revised the death toll down and now say that much of the injuries were due to crossfire or Tamil rebels killing civilians who tried to leave the warzone, Associated Press. We reported extensively on the situation in Sri Lanka in April and May.
4 executives from the Rio Tinto mining group have been detained in China on charges of stealing state secrets, Wall Street Journal.
A Guardian investigation has discovered that thousands of celebrities and politicians may have had their cellphone voicemail hacked by the newspaper News of the World. Britian’s House of Commons has launched an investigation, Guardian.