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September 14th, 2009
World Links: Iran Sets Date for Talks, U.S.-China Trade Dispute Grows

Three men who planned to blow up seven transatlantic flights leaving from London are sentenced to life in prison by a British court, concluding the biggest counterterrorism investigation in British history. The plan, which involved using liquid explosives hidden in beverage bottles to bypass airport security, was broken up by security agencies in 2006.

A trade dispute between China and the U.S. heats up, as China files a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization over tariffs the U.S. has placed on Chinese tire imports. The Chinese government also took steps towards imposing its own tariffs on U.S. exports of chicken and automotive products.

Iran agrees to begin talks with six major world powers on October 1st, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterates that Iran’s “inalienable rights” to a nuclear program are not on the negotiating table.

Nearly 20 women and children are suffocated and killed in a stampede while waiting in line for free flour handouts in Karachi, Pakistan.

Norwegians vote in what is expected to be a close race between the ruling left-leaning government and right-wing opposition parties opposed to the country’s high taxes and liberal policies on immigration.

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