An official says the massive California wildfire that is still burning was “human-caused.” However, deputy incident commander Carlton Joseph has said there are many possibilities as to how the fire began and there are no clues yet that show how it started, AP.
The death toll from the earthquake that struck 150 miles from Jakarta has been raised to at least 35. The toll is expected to rise as a landslide triggered by the quake destroyed many houses, BBC News.
Next Wednesday, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress to speak about his healthcare reform plan. Rumors have been circulating that the White House is planning on dropping the public option from the plan, but officials have not confirmed this. Three House committees have passed healthcare reform bills, but the Senate has not been able to reach a compromise, Washington Post.
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The raging wildfire in California doubled in size today and has charred 105,000 acres. Firefighters are currently attempting to protect Mount Wilson from the fire, a historic area that houses world-famous telescopes and transmission equipment, Reuters.
Two members of the UN/African Union (Unamid) peacekeeping force have been kidnapped in Darfur. The man and woman were abducted in the town of Zalingei and their nationalities are not yet known, BBC News.
An eighth victim has died in Brunswick, Georgia after a mass murder at a mobile home on Saturday. A ninth person is in critical condition and police say they have no suspects, AJC.
Disney has announced they are buying comic book giant Marvel for about $4 billion in cash and stock, AP.
Three people who were missing after being swept into the Atlantic Ocean have been found. Thousands of spectators were at Maine’s Acadia National Park watching the waves generated by Hurricane Bill when several people were knocked into the water. Two people were rescued, and the other three were missing (a man, a woman and a 7-year-old girl), but found later. Authorities say the girl was unresponsive at the scene, AP.
Several people are dead in Mogadishu, Somalia as violence continues on in the war-torn capital city. 10 Islamic fighters are reportedly dead, but the government says official numbers are not known because the fighters took some bodies with them as they fled. 20 people were killed in the city on Friday, BBC News.
The wildfires in Athens, Greece spread today, worsening due to gusting winds. Thousands have been forced to flee and many homes have been destroyed, New York Times.
President Hamid Karzai has been accused of rigging last Thursday’s presidential election in Afghanistan and hundreds of complaints are filing in around the country. Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai’s main rival, says he will challange the election results legally. The Times says they have found “further discrepancies yesterday in figures being reported from Helmand province,” Times Online.
South Korea’s president has agreed to meet with North Korean officials for the first time since taking office. Lee Myung-bak has invited the officials to attend the funeral of ex-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, and a meeting will take place hours before the funeral, BBC News.
Canadian authorities stepped up the manhunt for an American reality show contestant who is suspected of murdering his wife. Ryan Jenkins, 32, appeared on VH1’s “Megan Wants a Millionaire” and is believed to have strangled his wife, removed teeth and fingers from the body, and then stashed the remains in a suitcase before fleeing the U.S. Jasmine Fiore was found in a trash bin in California, AP.
Dozens of wildfires are raging near Athens, Greece, and several hundred people have been evacuated from nearby suburbs. The fire is contained in an area 25 miles wide and winds are calm today, but firefighters are afraid strong winds tomorrow could aid the fires, AP.
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