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October 23rd, 2009
World Links: ASEAN Launches Human Rights Commission, Three New Attacks in Pakistan

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launches its first human rights commission, but establishing credibility for the new watchdog group will be a challenge in a region that includes member states such as Burma, ruled by a military junta, and Laos, ruled by a reclusive communist regime.

Fifteen people are killed when a bus carrying passengers to a wedding hits an anti-tank mine in Pakistan’s tribal belt, seven die in a suicide bombing near an air force complex in the country’s northwest, and over a dozen are wounded in a blast outside a popular restaurant in Peshawar, in the latest of a wave of militant attacks that has left nearly 200 dead this month.

Meeting in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, NATO defense ministers agree to the broad counter-insurgency strategy for Afghanistan laid out by U.S. General Stanley McChrystal.

Fear of the swine flu closes 2,500 schools in Iraq.

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