Seoul accuses leftists of plotting treason
Agents from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service raided the homes and offices of an opposition lawmaker and other members of a far-left opposition party, detaining three of them on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. The highly unusual raids and charges of treason triggered a political firestorm in a country already rocked by accusations of meddling in domestic politics by the country’s powerful intelligence agency.
Taliban kills 7 in attack on military base
The Taliban breached an international military base in eastern Afghanistan in a complex attack that left at least one Western soldier, four Afghan police officers and two other Afghans dead, officials said. The attack, on a Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Ghazni, was eventually stopped by Afghan and Western troops inside the base’s perimeter, and about seven insurgents were reported killed. The base supports local government officials and development projects.
Clinton to help explain health law to public
Bill Clinton agreed to lend his weight to President Obama’s effort at educating people about the U.S. health care overhaul as key parts of the law begin Oct. 1. Clinton will promote the Affordable Care Act in a Sept. 4 speech from Little Rock, Ark. A White House aide, Dan Pfeiffer, welcomed Clinton’s help and quipped on Twitter that the former president is “the Secretary of Explaining Stuff.”
Crews make progress against Yosemite fire
Crews building containment lines around the giant wildfire in the Sierra Nevada are making significant progress even as the blaze continues to grow. California fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the 12-day-old Rim Fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is now 30 percent contained. It has chewed through 301 square miles of rugged forest. Berlant says while the fire is growing by about 5,000 to 10,000 acres a day, it’s not nearly as active as it was. Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are aiding firefighters.