At least seven miners have been killed after an explosion in an underground coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Another 19 miners are missing. About 200 miners are employed by the mine owned by the Massey Energy company, AP.
At least five U.S. Consulate security guards were killed in Peshawar, Pakistan today after the Taliban implemented suicide bomb attacks. Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber killed 45 people in the Dir region during a political rally, LA Times.
The site Wikileaks, which is dedicated to posting leaked documents online for public viewing, has posted a video on its site of the 2007 killing of 12 civilians in Baghdad by American soldiers. Reuters, the news agency for which two of the dead worked, had previously tried to obtain the video using the Freedom on Information Act, BBC News.
Thailand’s Supreme Court found former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of abusing his power by changing laws to help his family owned communications company. The Court will seize $1.4 billion (U.S.) of Thaksin’s fortune. Thaksin was ousted in a coup in 2006 and is currently living in exile in Dubai. Investigations of Thaksin and his family began immediately after the coup, CNN. Supporters of Thaksin are known as red shirts and continue to protest his ouster, Al Jazeera. Profile of Thaksin Shinawatra, BBC News.
17 people are dead after a deadly bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan. The targets of the attack were guest houses used by foreign nationals. The Taliban claimed credit and said 5 suicide bombers were used in the attack which was then followed by armed fighting and random gunfire, Voice of America. NATO is currently involved in a major offensive to secure cities currently controlled by the Taliban, Al Jazeera.
Irish separatists in Northern Ireland exploded a car bomb today in the town of Newry. The bombers gave police notice of the bomb and no one was hurt, Wall Street Journal.
After 11 days of heavy fighting in the town of Marjah in Afghanistan, residents received food aid today. NATO is attempting to secure the town from the Taliban, Al Jazeera.
40 people associated with the military in Turkey were arrested after an alleged coup attempt, BBC News.
Officials at the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on women serving on submarines, Reuters.
New information has emerged about the suspects in the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai. Surveillance video from the hotel where the killing occurred shows 11 people working together as the murder took place. New evidence now shows those in the hotel were traveling on stolen European passports, including 6 Britons who say they were not involved in the attack, BBC News. Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, is suspected to the behind the attack. More on how the assassination was planned and carried out, Telegraph. More on Mossad’s tactics, Reuters.
The U.S. is continuing street-to-street fighting in the Afghan town of Marja. The military is battling IEDs and small groups of Taliban fighters in an effort to secure the town, Al Jazeera.
The U.S. has sent one of its top diplomats to Syria in an effort to repair relations there, Associated Press. A discussion of U.S. sanctions on Syria, BBC News.
Election officials in Ukraine have rejected complaints by Yulia Tymoshenko, the country’s current prime minister, of election fraud. Tymoshenko lost the election by 3 percentage points but has yet to concede, Associated Press.
NATO has launched a major offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan, BBC News.
The top NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, signaled that he is willing to negotiate with Taliban leaders if it will bring an end to the conflict. McChrystal said a political solution is necessary, BBC News.
Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as ‘Chemical Ali’ for his use of chemical weapons against Kurds in Iraq, was executed today, Al Jazeera. Chemical Ali profile, BBC News.
A tanker ship in the port at Port Arthur, Texas has spilled 450,000 gallons of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico after it collided with two barges, CNN.
A suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives near Lakki Marwat city in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 88 people. Villagers had gathered to watch a volleyball tournament. Residents of the town had formed a militia to repel the Taliban, Al Jazeera. Militants have been increasing attacks of large crowds of civilians in areas where civilians have formed militias to fight Taliban violence and control. Possible scenarios for combating this tactic, Reuters.
A Somali man has been charged in the attempted murder of a controversial Danish cartoonist whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammed sparked outrage from some Muslim communities, BBC News.
The government of Iraq plans to sue 5 Blackwater security guards who were cleared of manslaughter charges after a U.S. court dismissed the case on Friday. The guards were charged with killing 17 in a shootout in 2007, CNN. Eyewitness accounts of the event from 2007, New York Times.
Afghanistan’s parliament has rejected 2 of President Hamid Karzai’s proposed ministers, including a powerful warlord Karzai had picked to be Energy Minister, New York Times.
Militants connected to the Taliban and al Qaeda have targeted two elder leaders in northwestern Pakistan who spoke out against the Taliban, BBC News.
The number of deaths from the H1N1 in the U.S. is 4 times higher than the Centers for Disease Control had previously predicted. 4,000 people in the United States have died since April, Voice of America.
Thousands mourned Robert Enke, the German football goalie who committed suicide earlier this week. Enke was expected to be Germany’s goalie in the 2010 World Cup. Enke had been stricken by grief after the death of his young daughter, CNN.