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October 8th, 2009
World Links: Bombing Outside Indian Embassy in Kabul, MEND Vows to Resume Attacks in Nigeria

An explosion outside the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills at least 17 and wounds more than 60. The embassy has been attacked before — in July 2008, a suicide bomber killed 58 and wounded 141. American and Indian officials say that the Pakistani intelligence agency had a hand in the earlier attack.

German writer Herta Mueller wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mueller, who was born in Romania, has written widely about oppression under Romania’s communist dictatorship.

The Nigerian militant group MEND vows to resume attacks after a 60-day ceasefire expires next week. MEND’s campaign of attacks on oil pipelines and kidnappings of oil company employees has cut oil production in the Niger Delta by about a third.

Iran blames the U.S. for the disappearance of an Iranian scientist reportedly involved in the country’s nuclear program. The scientist, Shahram Amiri, vanished during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June.

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