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October 16th, 2009
World Links: Tsvangirai Boycotts Unity Government, Bongo Sworn in as President of Gabon

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change disengage from the unity government formed in February, 2008, calling President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF Party a “dishonest and unreliable partner.” Tsvangirai stopped short of withdrawing completely from the government, but says he will boycott cabinet meetings until “confidence and respect are restored.”

Eleven people are killed in a car bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan, the latest is a series of attacks that have killed at least 150 people this month. The Pentagon ramps up delivery of nearly $200 million worth of military equipment and services to aid the Pakistani army in its fight against militants.

Sixteen people are killed when a gunman attacks worshipers during Friday prayers at a mosque in Northern Iraq.

Ali Bongo is sworn in as President of Gabon. Ali’s father, Omar Bongo Ondimba, had ruled the country for 41 years before his death in June.

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