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August 6th, 2009
World Links: Clinton Warns Eritrea Over Militant Funding, Pacific Islanders Call for Reduced Emissions

On the second day of her seven-country tour in Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns Eritrea to stop supporting Somalia’s al-Shabab militants or the U.S. will “take action.” At least 250,000 Somalis have fled their homes in recent months amid fighting between government forces and militants who control large areas of Somalia.

A senior Parliamentarian urges President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to consult with representatives from both sides of Iran’s political spectrum during his second term in office and suggests that he be “more accepting of constructive criticism.” Meanwhile, the Association of Iranian Journalists reports it has been sealed off by judiciary officials.

Members of the Pacific Islands Forum end their three-day forum by asking all nations to pledge a 50 percent cut in their emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 at U.N. climate change talks in December. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warns that some tiny Pacific Island nations are in a race for national survival because of the threat posed by climate change.

Violent clashes between police and workers at a South Korean auto factory near an end after the company agrees to keep half the workers at the plant rather than lay them off. After the concession by Ssangyong Motor Company, South Korea’s fifth-largest automaker, the workers agree to end their 77-day occupation of the plant.

On the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the city’s mayor, Tadatoshi Akiba, calls upon the nation to support U.S. President Barack Obama’s nuclear disarmament drive. Addressing the crowd in English, he says, “together, we can abolish nuclear weapons. Yes, we can.”

In the United Kingdom, thousands gather for funeral of last British veteran of World War I.

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