May 21st, 2009
World Links: Conditions Worsen for 280,000 in Sri Lankan Camps, Pakistan Allies Pledge Millions to Aid 1.5 Million Displaced

Three bombings kill 25 in Iraq, including three U.S. soldiers, a day after a bomb in Baghdad kills 40. The bombs appear to be targeting members of the Sunni Awakening.

Four men are arrested in New York for plotting to bomb synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military aircraft with Stinger missiles. They appear to have been acting alone.

Africa’s longest serving leader, President Omar Bongo of Gabon is hospitalized in Spain for treatment of intestinal cancer. He has ruled Gabon since 1967, and the illness is sparking concerns over his succession.

In the wake of talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel dismantles a small Jewish settlement in the West Bank, removing a family and a few single men from several small shacks.

Pakistan’s allies promise $224 million in aid to the 1.5 million civilians displaced by fighting in the Swat Valley.

The United Nations expressed concern over the health of 280,000 civilians being kept in 41 sites across four districts in Sri Lanka. The government says it may hold the civilians for up to two years until it can establish that they are not Tamil Tigers.

Burma’s military bars the public from Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial. Burma VJ, a documentary about the 2007 Saffron Revolution opens in New York.

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