August 18th, 2009
World Links: Suicide Blasts Kill 15 in Lead-up to Afghan Elections, Israel Moves to Curb Settlements in West Bank

A suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul kills 10 people, including U.N. staff members and a NATO soldier. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, 10 civilians are injured in a rocket attack in Jalalabad, three Afghan soldiers are killed by a suicide bomber in Uruzgan province, and a roadside bomb kills two U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban are claiming responsibility for all of the attacks.

Israeli government officials say that Israel has stopped issuing permits to build in the West Bank. The move comes in spite of Israel’s refusal to agree to an official freeze on settlements requested by the U.S.

Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung dies at a Seoul hospital at the age of 85. Dae-jung will be remembered for surviving multiple assassination attempts and a death sentence while an opposition leader and for his efforts to reunite North and South Korea.

Eight people are arrested by Russian police for hijacking the cargo ship Arctic Sea. The suspects include four Estonians, two Latvians and two Russians. They were detained without incident when the missing ship was found and boarded by Russian naval forces yesterday.

Nigerian police detain hundreds of members of an Islamist sect in the state of Niger. The arrests come after 800 people were killed three weeks ago in clashes between security forces and the Islamist sect Boko Haram in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

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