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June 8th, 2009
World Links: Nasrallah Concedes Defeat in Lebanon, Brown Urged to Step Down in the U.K.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah concedes defeat to the Western-leaning March 14 coalition in yesterday’s highly-contested elections in Lebanon.

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” after the pair allegedly entered North Korean territory illegally while reporting a story about North Korean refugees in China.

Center-right parties score a decisive win in European Union parliamentary elections. The results contribute to calls for the resignation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose Labour party came third place behind the small, anti-European integration U.K. Independence Party.

Africa’s longest-serving leader, Gabon’s President Omar Bongo, dies at 73.

A judge in Northern Ireland awards 2.5 million dollars to the families of 29 people killed in the 1998 Omagh bombing. Four leaders of the Real IRA are found liable for the bombing, the biggest single atrocity in decades of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

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