Top of the Morning: World Humanitarian Day

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Today is the 10th Anniversary of Bombing of the UN’s HQ in Baghdad

On August 19 2003, a terrorist group bombed the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people including the United Nations’ Special Representative in Iraq Sérgio Vieira de Mello. Incidentally, the new US ambassador to the UN wrote a biography of de Mello and the definitive account of attack that killed him. August 19 is now commemorated in UN circles as World Humanitarian Day, which honors the sacrifices of aid workers killed in the line of duty. (UN

More than 40 Killed in China Floods

Typhoon Utor is the culprit. “Dozens of people have been killed and millions affected in China as floods ravaged the country’s northeast and typhoon lashed southern provinces over the past few days. Northeast China has been hit by the worst flooding in decades this summer. In Jilin Province, floods hit a residential compound in Hongshi Township, Huadian, around 4:00 a.m. on Friday, leaving 14 dead.” (AFP