August 19th, 2009
World Links: Bomb Kills 95 in Baghdad, North and South Sudan Sign Peace Deal

Two massive truck bombs strike Baghdad, killing 95 people and injuring almost 600. The bombings targeted the Foreign and Finance Ministries and are the most devastating attacks in Iraq since American forces handed over security to Iraq in June. No group has yet claimed responsibility.

North and South Sudan sign a peace agreement aimed at bolstering a fragile 2005 peace deal. That agreement brought an end to the 22-year civil war that resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 million people. The peace has recently been threatened by ethnic clashes resulting in hundreds of deaths this year.

Gen Miguel Maza Marquez, former head of Colombia’s secret police is arrested for complicity in the 1989 assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

Georgia withdraws from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The move is in response to Russia’s incursion into Georgia last August to stop an assault against the breakaway South Ossetia region.

South Korea suspends the launch of its first space-bound rocket due to technical problems just minutes before lift-off. If the launch is ultimately successful, South Korea will become the 10th nation to place a spacecraft into orbit from its own soil.

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