Pre-packaged hamburgers produced by Fairbank Farms and sold in states in the northeastern United States are being cited as responsible for the deaths of 2 people and illness in dozens. The meat is suspected of being tainted with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria. The beef has been recalled, New York Times. Check the federal food safety information website, foodsafety.gov, for more information about recalled food.
Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is calling for more time to prepare for his self-defense in his trial for war crimes at a UN tribunal at the Hague, BBC News. He is accused of committing 11 war crimes, including the genocide of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995, during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. After the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Serbs, Croats, and Muslims all fought over land. The war ended in 1995 when the country was split up into three mostly autonomous ethnic regions by the Dayton Accords.
Water rationing will begin in Caracus, the capital city of Venezuela, today. Water is in short supply in Venezuela due to drought and poor infrastructure maintenance, CNN International.
New Haven authorities say that an animal research lab technician may have had a role in the death of Annie Le, a Yale grad student whose body was found stuffed in a crawl space inside a research lab. A source says Le was asphyxiated and that the murder was not random. No arrests have been made so far, Hartford Courant.
An United Nations panel has reported that they have evidence of war crimes committed by both the Israeli army and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza. The panel suggests crimes against humanity may have been committed and that if the situation doesn’t change in six months, they will refer the case to the International Criminal Court. The panel found Hamas was guilty of firing rockets into Gaza, but mostly reprimanded Israel for their behavior, accusing the army of “an overall and continuing policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population.” The group found many instances when civilians were targeted and killed by soldiers, New York Times.
Several mortar or rocket attacks hit the Green Zone in Baghdad where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is currently visiting, but officials confirm Biden is safe. The mortars hit near the U.S. Embassy and there is no word so far on causalities, BBC News.
A plane has crashed in northern Iran, most likely killing all 153 passengers and 15 crew onboard. The plane was en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia. Iran is not allowed to buy new planes from Western countries because of sanctions and most of its fleet of Russian planes is quite old, BBC News.
A new report from “Breaking the Silence” says that Israeli soldiers used Palestinian civilians as human shields during the conflict in Gaza last year. Soldiers say the army policy was at target civilians and that “in urban warfare everyone is your enemy,” Haaretz.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked the coast of New Zealand. The earthquake was feared to have triggered a tsunami headed in the direction of Australia, but the tsunami warning has been canceled, CNN.
A member of the Movement for the Emanicipation of the Niger Delta guerilla group has announced a 60 day ceasefire. Niger’s president is currently unwell and ineffective and several groups are at odds in a battle to control lucrative Nigerian oil, Voice of America.
China has issued a warning to its citizens in Algeria after receiving threats from al Qaeda. China has caught the attention of al Qaeda due to its harsh crackdown on Muslim Uighurs in the Chinese city of Urumqi on July 5, Reuters.