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May 12th, 2009
World Links: Alleged Nazi Extradited, Gas Attacks Sicken Afghan Girls

Alleged war criminal John Demjanjuk arrives in Munich to face charges of accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Ninety-eight Afghan high school girls are hospitalized after the third of what officials believe could be gas attacks by Islamic radicals opposed to the education of women.

Calling for “a new approach” to the war in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates dismisses Afghan force commander David McKiernan in favor of Lt. Gen Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. NATO announces that Supreme Allied Commander General Bantz Craddock will be replaced by Admiral James Stravridis.

Fighting between government and Islamic militias intensifies in the Somali capital Mogadishu as 14 people are killed, bringing the death toll to 120 in the past 5 days.

China’s President Hu Jintao marks the one-year anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake that killed up to 90,000 people, while Chinese officials have yet to release the results of investigations into why so many schools collapsed during the disaster.

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