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Hatoyama Takes Office as Japan’s New PM

Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, takes office today, Japan Times. Profile of Japan’s new first lady, Miyuko Hatoyama, BBC News. Key cabinet figures, BBC News.

In a move designed to separate himself from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a plan to clean up Russia’s corrupt political and economic systems. Medvedev and Putin are both eying the upcoming 2012 presidential election, Guardian.

The subject of Monday’s terror raids in Flushing, Queens, New York, says he is puzzled by his place at the center of the investigation. Najibullah Zazi, 24, who is a Pakistani national, recently returned to New York City, where he was previously a food cart vendor, to visit friends. Zazi is currently an airport shuttle driver in Denver. Police stopped Zazi in New York and searched his car, then tailed him to the neighborhood in Queens. Zazi’s wife still lives in Pakistan and he returns often to visit her so a recent visit could have sparked interest in Zazi. No arrests have been made in the case,  Associated Press.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says opposition to President Barack Obama may be heightened  by racism. Yesterday, Representative Joe Wilson from South Carolina was formally rebuked by the House of Representatives for yelling out “You Lie” in response to President Obama saying health care reform would not cover illegal immigrants during last week’s joint session of Congress , USA Today.

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September 11, 2001 Remembered

Today is the 8th anniversary of what is now known as the “September 11th” attacks in which extremists connected to al Qaeda crashed hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third plane was hijacked but passengers were able to over take the hijackers before it reached its intended target. The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Memorials are taking place today at all three sites. Vice President Joe Biden will be in New York City at the World Trade Center site and President Barack Obama will be at the Pentagon memorial, Associated Press. Life after 9/11, New York Times. A firefighter recalls losing his sons, NPR. Live coverage of the memorials, C-SPAN. Video library of the attacks, C-SPAN.

Taiwan’s former President Chen Shui-bian has been sentenced to life in prison on charges of fraud and embezzlement, New York Times.

Riots have continued for a second day the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Supporters of one of the regions ethnic kings have clashed with police backed the military and the central government, Al Jazeera.

Details are surfacing about the whereabouts of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was out of public view on Monday. Sources now say Netanyahu was in Russia possibly meeting with Vladamir Putin concerning the cargo ship Arctic Sea that disappeared last month for several weeks. The ship may have been carrying missiles to Iran, BBC News.

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1,000 Missing in Taiwan Typhoon Found

1,000 people believed lost following typhoon Morakot in Taiwan have been found. However, hundreds more are still missing. Rescue efforts are underway, Associated Press. Amazing photos of the storm, the destruction and rescue efforts, The Big Picture.

Officials have confirmed that the person killed in last weekend’s raid was not Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammed Top. DNA evidence shows instead the man was Ibrohim, who was also wanted in connection with last month’s Marriott and Ritz Carlton bombings in Jakarta. Ibrohim had worked as a florist in the hotels since 2005 and was able to bypass security to bring in explosives, Voice of America.

China has issued a statement on the conviction of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said “international society should fully respect Myanmar’s judicial sovereignty,” Reuters.

Schools have closed on Mumbai, India on fears of spreading swine flu, BBC News.

Khmer Rouge jail chief Comrade Duch, while still denying the extent of his involvement in war crimes in Cambodia in the 1970s, says he will accept the decisions of the UN backed tribunal and “the strictest level of punishment” for his crimes, AFP.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced Russia will spend $500 million on military bases in Abkhazia, a disputed area of Georgia that Russia has declared to be an independent state, BBC News.

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