The news raced through Silicon Valley like a burst of electrons. Steven Jobs, 33, co-founder of Apple Computer and one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, was set to unveil the machine he had been laboring on since he stormed out of Apple nearly three years ago
Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney’s assertion that the administration’s enhanced interrogation program, which included controversial techniques such as waterboarding, was legal and garnered valuable information that prevented terrorist attacks. Bush told a southwestern Michigan audience of nearly 2,500 — the largest he has addressed in the United States since leaving the White House in January — that, after the September 11 attacks, “I vowed to take whatever steps that were necessary to protect you.” In his speech, Bush did not specifically refer to the high-profile debate over President Obama’s decision to halt the use of harsh interrogation techniques
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il tapped his son to join the powerful National Defense Commission — a move analysts say makes the latter the heir apparent, South Korean state media said. “Kim Jong-un had been appointed to a low-level post, called ‘instructor’ at the National Defense Commission days before the first session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly meeting was held,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a source. CNN was not able to independently confirm the report.
A suicide blast in Pakistan’s violence-plagued tribal region killed 11 people Thursday, police said. The trial is the first for a former head of state in Taiwan. Chen has denied wrongdoing and has said the charges are politically motivated