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October 28th, 2009
World Links: Nearly 100 Dead in Peshawar Blast, Six U.N. Staffers Killed in Kabul

Nearly 100 people are killed in a massive car bombing in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier. The blast hit a popular market full of fabric and clothing shops frequented mostly by women, and many of the dead are women and children. The attack comes as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the country.

Six U.N. staffers and two Afghan security guards are killed in an attack on their guest house in central Kabul. A Taliban spokesman takes credit, siting the U.N.’s involvement in Afghanistan’s presidential elections as the reason for the attack.

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai and a suspected drug trafficker, has been on the CIA’s payroll for much of the past eight years.

Voters go to the polls in Mozambique’s fourth democratic election since a civil war ended in 1992. Incumbent President Armando Guebuza, whose economic reforms made Mozambique’s economy one of the fastest growing in the world at one point, is poised to win.

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