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October 27th, 2009
World Links: Deadliest Month for Americans in Afghanistan, Karadzic Trial Begins Without Karadzic

Eight Americans are killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan bringing October’s death toll to 53 — the deadliest month for Americans in the eight-year war.

Radovan Karadzic continues to boycott his war crimes trial in the Hague, but the proceedings begin without him.

A French court convicts the Church of Scientology of fraud. Group leaders are fined and imprisioned, but the court stops short of banning the organization, registered as a religion in the U.S. but considered a sect in France.

Eight Afghan refugees, including five children and three women, drown off the Greek island of Lesbos. Ten others survive, all Afghans except for one Turkish national who is arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Lesbos is a major point of entry for migrants hoping to make a new life in the European Union.

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