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June 18th, 2009
World Links: Suicide Bomber Kills Somali Security Minister, Civilians Flee Fighting in Burma

Japan’s lower house votes to allow organ transplants for children under the age of 15. The bill also changes the definition of legal death to brain death. Until now, a person was eligible to donate their organs only after their heart and lungs had stopped functioning.

The Burmese Army goes on the offensive against Karen rebels, forcing thousands of civilians to flee the fighting into Thailand.

Iranian protesters continue to gather in the streets of Tehran, coming together to mourn the seven killed in clashes with Iranian militia members after last Friday’s presidential election.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejects U.S. demands to halt the expansion of West Bank settlements.

A suicide bomber kills Somalia’s security minister in the town of Beledweyne, just north of the capital, Mogadishu. Ten others, including Somalia’s ambassador to South Africa, were also killed. The government blamed Al-Shabab, an Islamist insurgent group with purported ties to Al Qaeda, for the attack.

Police in Pakistan arrest a suspect in the March, 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. Six policeman and a driver were killed in that attack.

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