Hiroshi Nohara has been living in the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico since he flew in from Tokyo on Sept 2nd.  He has become a small celebrity.  He has been given food by the airport fast food restaurants and passengers and gives autographs and photographs.  He says that his stay is indefinite, and so far his travel visa remains valid until March.

• Malaysian court freed Raja Petra Kamarudin, who had been arrested and detained without trial on Sept 12th.  Kamarudin was arrested for comments  that were considered offensive to the government and Muslims.  Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been using blogs to challenge freedom of the press.  Blogs are said to have influenced outcomes in elections in Malaysia.

• On Thanksgiving Day there were a series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, in which people were taken hostage at the Oberoi Trident and theTaj Mahal hotel.  Nearly 195 people died, including tourists and businessmen from Europe and the United States.  The siege on the Taj Mahal hotel lasted 3 days.

• China protested against a meeting between the Dalai Lama and the French President by canceling a meeting with the European Union.  Chinese authorities are angered because they believe the Dalai Lama will enforce Tibet’s independence from China.

•  Polish president Lech Kaczynsk held talks with South Korean president Lee Myung Bak asking for support for building Poland’s infrastructure which includes roads, subways, and nuclear power plants.  The latter idea is not popular with Polish citizens because of the nuclear power catastrophe in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

• The first Vietnamese-American was elected to Congress in Louisiana.  His opponent, Democratic candidate William Jefferson, was accused of bribery and money laundering.