Top of the Morning: Aid Workers Murdered in Afghanistan

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Five International Rescue Committee Staffer Murdered in Afghanistan

The IRC is confirming a horrific killing of five aid workers in Herat province. The men, all Afghan, were dedicated aid workers, committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Afghanistan. Ahmad Momini (27), Nazir Ahmad (24), Mohammad Sharif (26), Wahidullah (24) and Habiburahman (25) were returning to their field office in Herat Sunday morning, after the Eid holidays, when the taxi they were traveling in was stopped by armed men and forced to drive to another location.  On Monday evening, the captors delivered their bodies to a local hospital. (IRC

Indian Parliament Passes Huge Food Subsidy Bill

India’s lower house passed a massive, $20 billion grain subsidy program to combat hunger. “Manmohan Singh, the prime minister, has called child malnutrition in India, where almost 50% of children are underweight, a “national shame”. But critics have said the plan merely expands a wasteful and inefficient public distribution system at a time when public finances are under huge stress, as global and local investors lose faith in India’s potential to grow fast in the immediate future.” (Guardian

Military Strikes on Syria Could Happen Tomorrow

Intervention now seems inevitable. “The US could hit Syria with three days of missile strikes, perhaps beginning Thursday…White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated Tuesday that the White House isn’t considering the deliberate overthrow of Assad. ‘The options that we are considering are not about regime change,’ said during a daily briefing with reporters.’They are about responding to the clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons.’” (NBC