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.
A new report from General Stanley McChrystal says that the U.S.’s strategy in Afghanistan is not working. The priority should be on protecting Afghans from the Taliban and that the U.S. should seek more peaceful engagement with the Taliban, McCrystal said, Christian Science Monitor.
45 Taliban were killed by security forces in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Pakistan waged a house to house effort to root out Taliban from the Swat Valley earlier this year, Associated Press.
Two firefighters have died while fighting wildfires just north of Los Angeles, California. The fires are driven by high temperatures. A dozen separate fires are raging throughout the area, threatening over 20,000 homes, ABC News.
Japan’s new leader will be Yukio Hatoyama. After 55 years in power, the Liberal Democratic Party was defeated in Japan by Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan in elections held yesterday. Hatoyama will boost government spending, including increasing payments to families with children, Economist. Factbox on policy change challenges, Reuters.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Norway today to observe the effects of global climate change on the Arctic. He has made global climate change his top priority. The visit comes amid charges that Ban did not push the U.N. to stop bloodshed in Sri Lanka earlier this year when the government cracked down on Tamil Tiger rebels and ethnic Tamils, Associated Press.
What really happens to electronics when they are recycled? 60 Minutes tracks a shipping container from Denver to Hong Kong and discovers a toxic city in China, 60 Minutes story and video.