August 11th, 2009
World Links: Verdict Delivered In Burma, Taliban Attack Thwarted In Kuwait

Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is sentenced to three years of hard labor for violating the terms of her house arrest, sparking global outcry. Her sentence is commuted to a new term of house arrest of up to 18 months.

The toll from Typhoon Morakot continues to rise as huge mudslides bury a rural village in south-central Taiwan and seven apartment buildings in coastal China, leaving hundreds of people unaccounted for.

Afghan authorities hire 10,000 tribesmen to Afghanistan’s protect insurgency-hit provinces during the election on August 10. Since Monday, several more NATO troops and civilians have been killed, including three U.S. troops, a Polish NATO soldier, two Afghan soldiers, at least nine civilians and 22 Taliban insurgents.

Kuwaiti officials say they have arrested six members of a “terrorist network” linked to al Qaeda who were planning to attack a U.S. military base that is a logistics hub for U.S. troops in Iraq. An interior ministry statement says that all six Kuwaitis had confessed to the crimes after they were arrested.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, presses for an end to violence against women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Aid workers estimate that as many as 400 women are raped every month in Eastern Congo — a region that has seen two wars and a variety of militia since the end of the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda.

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