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September 28th, 2009
World Links: Iran Test Fires Missiles, Honduran Military Shuts Down Media Outlets

The Honduran military shuts down local radio and television stations loyal to deposed President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a military coup on June 28 and is now living in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

Iran test fires three missiles with range sufficient to strike Israel, parts of Europe, and American bases in the Persian Gulf, just days after the leaders of the U.S., France and Britain disclosed the existence of a secret nuclear plant in Iran, and only a few days before the first direct contact between Iran and the U.S. in decades, in talks between Iran and six major world powers scheduled to take place in Geneva on Thursday.

The Philippine government struggles to cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Ondoy, which killed at least 140 people. With thousands of Filipinos still trapped by floods, the death toll is expected to rise.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is re-elected. Her center-right Christian Democratic Union will will almost certainly form a new governement with the pro-business Free Democratic Party, leaving behind the center-left Social Democrats who are part of the current governing coalition.

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