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September 8th, 2009
World Links: Merkel "Deeply Regrets" Loss of Innocent Afghan Lives, Rains Displace 600,000 in Africa

Partial results for last month’s presidential election in Afghanistan give incumbent Hamid Karzai 54 percent of the vote, enough to win in a single round without a run-off. But the country’s Electoral Complaints Commission orders a partial recount of the ballots because of evidence of fraud, such as an “exceptionally high number” of votes cast in a polling station “in relation to the number of ballots available.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her government “deeply regrets” any loss of innocent life in Friday’s controversial air strike by U.S. jets that was ordered by German commanders, but calls on critics to withhold judgement until full details of the incident are known. At least 60 villagers may have been killed in the attack on two stolen oil tankers near Kunduz, according to the watchdog group Afghan Rights Monitor.

Three British Islamic extremists are convicted by a jury in the U.K. of plotting to kill thousands of people using liquid bombs on seven transatlantic flights. The 2006 plot included a plan to commit suicide attacks using explosives disguised as soft drinks.

Several days of torrential rains and flooding displace 600,000 people in 16 West African nations. Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana and Niger are among the worst hit as the flooding cuts off electricity and causes the closure of hospitals. Pumps to remove water from flooded areas are in short supply.

A Sudanese journalist is released from jail after she was convicted of “dressing indecently” by wearing trousers. Lubna Ahmed Hussein was imprisoned after she refused to pay a $200 fine because she did not want to “give the verdict any legitimacy.” Her colleagues paid the fine on Monday.

Two employees of a Walmart in China are arrested for allegedly beating to death a woman accused of shoplifting. The August 30 attack in the city of Jingdezhen occurred outside the woman’s home after she refused to show a receipt to the employees. She died three days later.

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