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August 10th, 2009
World Links: Typhoons in Asia, Bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan

Nearly 50 people are killed, hundreds wounded, and an entire village destroyed in a series of bombings around Baghdad and northern Iraq. The attacks, coming on the heals of Friday’s car bombing that killed 30 outside a mosque in Mosul, have raised concerns about whether or not Iraqi forces will be able to maintain security now that U.S. troops have pulled out of Iraqi cities.

As Typhoons Morakot and Etau continue to wreak havoc in Asia, nearly one million people are evacuated from China’s eastern coastal provinces, at least 13 are killed in western Japan, and hundreds are missing after landslides hit the village of Xialin in Taiwan.

President Barack Obama meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the forth annual summit of North American leaders. Major issues to be discussed include the economic crisis, the swine flu pandemic, the drug trade, climate change and immigration.

At least two civilians and three police officers are killed in Taliban attacks on government buildings near Kabul, just 10 days before Afghanistan’s elections, which members of the Taliban have vowed to disrupt.

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