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June 2nd, 2009
World Links: South Korea Sends Ships to Border, China Blocks Access to Twitter Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

South Korea’s Navy moves a destroyer, frigate and highly sophisticated patrol boat to its sea border with North Korea and places its sailors on high alert following rising tensions caused by North Korea’s May 25th nuclear test. North Korea announced last week that it is no longer bound to the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il designates his twenty-six year old youngest son Kim Jong-un as successor.

China blocks access to Twitter, Flickr and other Internet sites two days prior to the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen protests in which hundreds of students were shot and killed. Chinese agents also detain noted Chinese dissident Wu Gaoxing after he complains about the treatment of former political prisoners.

The Brazilian Air Force finds debris including plane seats in the Atlantic near where Air France flight 447 is thought to have gone down.

Pakistan releases the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group India holds partially responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 166 last November.

Somali government forces drive Islamist insurgents from two districts in Mogadishu as renewed fighting kills dozens. 70,000 have been displaced since the fighting started.

The death toll among miners killed while illegally extracting gold from a South African mining company rises to 61. The illegal mining has been driven by a worsening economy and rising gold prices.

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