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October 14th, 2009
World Links: One Billion Hungry Worldwide, 10,000 Married in Mass Wedding

More than 1 billion people around the world are hungry, according to an annual report released by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization. The situation is the worst it has been since the 1970s.

At least 85,000 Iraqis were violently killed between 2004 and 2008, according to figures released by the Iraqi goverment. Among the dead were 2,334 women, 1,279 children, 263 professors, 21 judges, 95 lawyers and 269 journalists.

Britain agrees to send 500 additional troops to Afghanistan, increasing the size of the British force from 9,000 to 9,500, on the condition that the Afghans and NATO allies also increase their commitment in the area.

Nearly 10,000 couples from more than 100 countries are married in a mass wedding officiated by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in Seoul, South Korea. The wedding is likely the last for Moon, 89, who is passing on the leadership of his Unification Church to his son.

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