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May 14th, 2009
World Links: American Swimmer Precipitates Arrest of Burmese Activist, North Korea Announces Trial Date for American Reporters

Cited as an illegal slum, the home of child actor Azharuddin Ismail, the young “Salim” in the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire”, is demolished to make way for a public garden, leaving the child and his family homeless.

North Korea announces the trial date of two reporters arrested on suspected espionage activities. Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee will be tried June 4th and face up to 10 years in prison for illegal entry and “hostile acts.”

Nobel Prize Winner and Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi is arrested and faces three to five years in prison after American John Yettaw swims the lake to her villa driven by “strong religious convictions.” Suu Kyi’s house arrest had been due to expire at the end of May.

Iran sends two warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect its country’s vessels from attacks by Somali-based pirates.

In Nairobi, Kenya, aristocrat Thomas Cholmondeley is sentenced to eight months for shooting and killing a black man who was on the aristocrat’s property. The light sentence sparked outrage; the 37 year old Robert Njoya is the second black man shot and killed by Cholmondeley. The first case was dismissed.

The world’s largest space telescope is launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. One of its missions is to search for water throughout the Universe.

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