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October 5th, 2009
World Links: U.N. Office Attacked in Islamabad, Obama Snubs Dalai Lama

A suicide bomber strikes the U.N. World Food Program compound in central Islamabad, killing four Pakistanis and one Iraqi, all employees of the organization.

Ireland votes “yes” in a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, paving the way for the creation of an E.U. president. Ireland had voted “no” in a similar referendum last year, blocking the the implementation of the treaty, which requires unanimous approval.

Greece’s Socialists win a sweeping victory over the center-right ruling party in snap elections, bucking a European trend towards conservative government  exemplified most recently by Germany’s re-election of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Egypt’s highest Muslim authority says he will issue a religious edict against the wearing of the niqab, a full veil that covers a woman’s face. While headscarfs are widely worn in Egypt, the niqab is a growing trend associated with more radical Islam.

The Dalai Lama visits Washington this week but will not meet with President Obama — the White House postponed a planned meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader in an apparent attempt to gain favor with China in advance of a summit between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, scheduled for next month.

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