When reviewing 2009's humanitarian emergencies, several international aid organizations cited the massive needs of those displaced by fighting in places such as Somalia and Pakistan, and growing obstacles to accessing those in need of help.

After a daring rescue operation by U.S. Navy Special Forces, a U.S. sea captain held hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia was freed Sunday, ending a five-day standoff but leading some pirate groups based in the Horn of…

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