An al-Qaida group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on Iraqi army recruits. The blast happened Tuesday outside army headquarters in Baghdad. Sixty-one potential army recruits were killed and at least 125 others were wounded.
An appeals court in Thailand ruled that a suspected Russian arms dealer can be sent to the U.S. to face terror charges. Forty-three-year-old Viktor Bout, also known as the Merchant of Death, faces accusations that he trafficked arms since the 1990s to conflict zones in Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Bout has been in a Thai prison since his arrest in 2008. Today, he vowed he would face trial in the U.S., and win.
Southern China has been hit with more torrential rains and flooding. Hundreds have already been killed after weeks of extreme weather. We have a report narrated by Phil Reay-Smith of Independent Television News.
PHIL REAY-SMITH: China's floods have left hundreds dead, but the occupants of this carriage had a lucky escape. They had all been safely evacuated by the time rescuers pulled it from the tracks. But footage filmed inside earlier showed the panic on their faces.
The conductor raised the alarm after passengers felt the bridge underneath them falling apart. Rising floodwater had loosened the bridge's base. Just minutes after the last passengers had made it off the train, two of the carriages they were in were swept downstream, caught in the foundations of a different bridge 200 meters away.
With 1,300 passengers on board, it's a miracle no one was hurt and no one died. In the town of Bechuan (ph), cameras caught a dramatic attempt to rescue a man trapped on an excavator after rapidly rising waters left him stranded. The torrent proved too strong for rescuers trying to reach him by boat. In the end, they managed to throw him a rope, and he was lifted off by crane.
China has been devastated by flooding caused by unusually heavy summer rain in recent weeks.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Seven-three pilot whales washed onto an isolated beach in northern New Zealand, and 58 of them died. Local authorities believe the whales were stranded on Karikari Beach during the night, and that they died before anyone discovered them. Today, rescue volunteers tried to refloat the 15 surviving whales, but were unsuccessful. Tomorrow, a crane and transporter will try again. New Zealand has one of the world's highest rates of whale strandings.
Back in the U.S., a recall of eggs was expanded again today when a second Iowa farm announced its eggs could be contaminated with salmonella. Hillandale Farms joined Wright County farm in the recall. Between the two
companies, they ship eggs to at least 23 different states across the country. A spokesman from the Food and Drug Administration said the two recalls are related. More than 1,000 people have been sickened by the outbreak.
Stocks were mixed on Wall Street today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 57 points to close at 10213. The Nasdaq rose nearly one point to close above 2179. For the week, the Dow lost nine-tenths-of-a-percent; the Nasdaq rose three-tenths-of-a-percent.
Those are some of the day's major stories now back to Judy. <-->