U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, today despite Chinese concerns. China views the Dalai Lama as a threat because he calls for autonomy for Tibet, CNN. More on the relationship between the West and the Dalai Lama, BBC News.
8 of the 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti after attempting to leave the country with children they claimed to be orphans have been released. The children in fact were not orphans- their parents had been told the children were being taken to the Dominican Republic, Washington Post.
More fallout from the Israel planned assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, Al Jazeera. Stolen UK passports were used by the assassins to enter Dubai, BBC News.
At least 19 people were killed today in clashes in Tehran, and some wounded marchers went to foreign embassies to seek medical attention out of fear of being arrested at hospitals. Unconfirmed reports say as many as 150 may be dead, but hospitals only confirmed 19 deaths. Thousands marched today to protest last week’s elections, CNN.
More than 70 people were killed when a truck bomb exploded today in northern Iraq. It was the deadliest bomb attack this year. The violence is escalating as U.S. troops are leaving cities in the country, but officials say the troops will be withdrawn by the deadline “no matter what happens,” AP.
The controversial atom smasher, known as the Large Hadron Collider, will likely be restarted in October by scientists at CERN. The collider will hopefully shed light on what makes up the universe, but some are concerned the use of the machine could be catastrophic, AP.
Hot Topic: The New York Times has a great piece on Tibetan monks who have escaped from China. Read the article here.
The Dalai Lama was refused a visa to enter South Africa. He had planned to attend an international peace conference in Johannesburg, which was meeting to highlight South Africa’s advances on human rights issues in advance of South Africa hosting the World Cup in 2010. A South African official said that the attendance of the Dalai Lama would shift world focus away from the World Cup and onto the problems of Tibet and China. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President F. W. deKirk have said they will boycott the event if South Africa does not relent, CNN.
Mexico has offered informants 30 million pesos ($2 million USD) for information lending to the arrest of any of the 24 leaders of drug cartels. Mexico has seen drug-related violence skyrocket in response to tougher drug enforcement strategies under current President Felipe Calderón, BBC News.
The stock market soared today after Treasury Secretary Geithner met with Congress to discuss his new economic plan. The increase was the highest one day jump since November, with almost 500 points added to the Dow, CNN.
And the #1 World News Story: U.S. federal government announces plan to buy troubled (popularly known as “toxic”). Washington plans to inject up to $1 trillion into the economy by buying non-performing loans and securities, including the now essentially worthless mortgage-backed securities that started the financial crisis. The Obama administration hopes to create a market that will bring value back to the assets, CBC News.
Four police officers were killed in Oakland yesterday by a lone gunman, who ultimately was killed by SWAT officers in a shootout. The suspect had been stopped for a traffic violation, CNN. Correction: As of 7pm EST, the fourth officer is still on life support, according to the Oakland PD.
In Naples, more than 100,000 people marched on Saturday to protest the mafia. The march was led by relatives of victims that were killed by the gangs. The country’s four biggest mafia organizations account for much of Italy’s economy and last year, the group ‘Ndrangheta made 45 billion Euros, Sky News.
The Chinese have arrested six people and detained 89 others who attacked a police station in a Tibetan region of northwest China. Reports vary, as journalists are barred from the region, NY Times.
And the #1 World News Story: More Than 1,100 Civilians Escape Sri Lanka War Zone.