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September 4th, 2009
World Links: NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills 90, North Korea in Final Stages of Uranium Enrichment

NATO airstrikes targeting two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan kill more than 90. Reports indicate that while Taliban fighters were killed, villagers invited by the Taliban to remove fuel from one of the tankers were also among the dead and severely burned.

North Korea announces that it is in the final stages of enriching uranium. If confirmed, the process would allow the country to add uranium-based nuclear weapons to its current stockpile of plutonium bombs. Analysts say the announcement may be aimed at pushing the U.S. to open up direct talks with North Korea.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces plans to build hundreds of new settlements in the West Bank in advance of a moratorium on new construction planned for early next year.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suspends $30 million in American aid to Honduras. Clinton’s decision comes in response to a refusal by the leaders of a June 28 coup to return ousted President Manuel Zelaya to power.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zanawi, Africa’s lead negotiator to the December climate summit in Copenhagan, threatens to boycott the talks if any proposed deal fails to protect the continent from the effects of climate change.

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