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May 19th, 2009
World Links: Peruvian Army to Move Against Amazon Protesters, Lithuania Elects Woman President

India’s Congress Party selects Manmohan Singh to a second term as its leader.

Meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu agrees to resume talks with the Palestinians, but only if they recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Sri Lankan Army General confirms the death (warning: graphic) of Vellupille Prabhakaran, leader of the Tamil Tigers. The Tamil Tigers insist he is safe and accuse Sri Lanka of killing unarmed political leaders.

The Peruvian army is authorized to move against indigenous groups in the Amazon protesting the opening of their lands to exploration by foreign oil companies.

Lithuania elects its first female president, E.U. budget chief Dalia Grybauskaite.

The number of Pakistan civilians fleeing fighting in the Swat Valley grows to 1.5 million.

The United States and Russia start talks on replacing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) which expires in December.

Bangladesh arrests another five hundred border guards suspected in a February uprising, bringing to over 2,000 the number of guards facing charges of sedition.

Sudanese rebel leader Bahar Idress Abu Garda appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of complicity in the deaths of twelve African Union peacekeepers in Darfur.

Japan’s opposition party selects Yukio Hatayama as its leader in the run up to parliamentary elections in the fall.

Twenty six people die in a massive mudslide in the Philippines.

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