6 days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many residents are still without basic supplies, Al Jazeera. 2,000 U.S. marines are now in haiti to help withe the relief effort, BBC News. Rescue crews are still pulling the injured out of the rubble, but a lack of adequate medical supplies means many of those rescued have gone on to die of infection, CNN.
7 insurgents set off simultaneous attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan today. 2 men set off suicide vests while 5 others attacks with guns just 50 yards from the presidential palace. After several hours, the militants were killed by Afghan forces, New York Times.
The U.S. is observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today in honor of the slain civil rights leader. Thoughts of President Obama’s impact on race relations in the United States, Christian Science Monitor.
Supporters of human rights around the world are coming out to rallies today to show their support for the protesters in Iran, CNN. Follow United 4 Iran on Twitter for updates.
In the space of 24 hours, two toddlers, one in Las Vegas and one in South Carolina, have accidentally shot their older siblings after playing with improperly secured guns, BBC News. Earlier this week, a five year old boy in Las Vegas died after he shot himself in the head with a gun he found in his father’s car. The child’s father has been charged with endangerment, Las Vegas Sun.
US Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed America’s support of the aims of the Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, Washington Post.
Suicide bombers attacked a courthouse in Khost, a city in southeastern Afghanistan. The attackers wore burqas to conceal bombs they had placed on their bodies. Four people were injured in the attack and all seven attackers were killed as they attacked the complex. One managed to set off explosives in a car before being shot by police. Two police and two civilians, a woman and a child, were injured, Associated Press.
President Obama’s weekly address discusses the impact of health care reform on small businesses.
A key report on the closing of the Guantanamo prison has been delayed. A Justice Department-led task force was charged with figuring out how the detainees remaining in Guantamo prison will be tried, charged, or released, but the group is not ready with that information. The Obama administration says they are still committed to closing the prison by the deadline of January 2010, Voice of America.
Two cities in eastern Afghanistan were hit by suicide bombers and armed gunmen yesterday. Militants in Gardez attacked the governor’s compound as well as a police station and an intelligence directorate. In Jalalabad, militants attacked an air force base. Attacks are expected to increase in anticipation of the upcoming August 20 elections, BBC News.
The US military is targeting poppy seeds in Afghanistan in hopes of reducing the country’s drug crops. 300 tons of poppy seeds in a field in Helmand province were destroyed by bombs yesterday. Poppies are used to make heroin and opium and the profits often are used to fund the Taliban. Aid agencies are trying to encourage Afghan farmers to grow wheat instead, CNN.
Japanese Prime Minister, Taro Aso, has dissolved the lower house of Japan’s Parliament and has scheduled new elections to be held on August 30. Polls show that Aso and his party are expected to lose, Japan Times.
Politicians in California have come to an agreement over the state’s budget. Democratic legistalors agreed to $15.5 billion in program cuts to make up part of the $26.3 billion budget shortfall, but Republicans have steadfastly refused to consider raising taxes on individuals or corporations. The state will also borrow money from local governments and the corrections and education systems will face cuts, Mercury News.
Sky watchers in Asia will get a chance to witness a solar eclipse tomorrow, July 22. In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, Space.com. Maps of the zone of visibility. China’s coverage of the eclipse, Xinhua.