In today’s elections in Greece, the center-right party of current Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis was defeated by the Socialist party. George Papandreou will be the new Prime Minister, CNN.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il today. The two men attended a North Korean production of the Chinese opera “A Dream of Red Mansions,” Xinhua. If talks during Wen’s three-day visit go well, the United States may send special representative for North Korea policy Stephen Bosworth to the country in an effort to restart six party talks, Yonhap.
Maoist rebels (known as Naxals) have killed 16 people in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Naxal attacks are common in eastern India. Land disputes were likely the cause for this attack, according to a local journalist, Al Jazeera.
An inspection date has been set for the IAEA to inspect Iran’s recently revealed uranium enrichment facility. The inspection is planned for October 25, USA Today. The New York Times examines the possible effect enhanced sanctions could have on Iran and notes that a roboust black market is already in operation there, New York Times.
Earlier this week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the tango to a list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” The Big Picture.
A dangerous strain of E. coli is still a problem in America’s meat industry, New York Times.
Uighur muslims in the Chinese city of Urumqi defiantly attended evening services at mosques last night despite a warning from the Chinese government that the mosques should remain closed. China has reinstituted a curfew, Bloomberg.
Leaders at the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy have reached an agreement to provide an aid package to Africa that will focus on improving agricultural practices and improving food security. The goal is to move away from providing food aid in the form of food from western countries which often only floods the local market with cheap food and is also diverted from those who really need it, Wall Street Journal.
The trial of Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has resumed after a six week break. She is accused to breaking the terms of her house arrest after an American man came to her Rangoon home uninvited. It is expected that Suu Kyi will be on trial or in prison until after the upcoming elections in Burma, Voice of America.
The ruins of the city of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, have been damaged due to use and neglect by Saddam Hussein, and later US troops who established a military base there, according to UNESCO. UNESCO is considering declaring the ruins a World Heritage Site in hopes of preventing further damages, AFP.
US President Barack Obama will make his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa today when he lands in Ghana. Ghana is considered one of the most successful states in Africa and has a functioning democracy, CNN International.
A 27-year-old man was gored to death by a bull during the running of the bulls in Pamlona, Spain. This is the first fatal goring since 1995, Associated Press.
London’s Big Ben is 150 years old today, BBC News.