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August 14th, 2009
World Links: U.S. Senator Webb Travels to Burma, Violence Rises in Russia's Caucasus Region

U.S. Senator Jim Webb flies to the Burmese capital of Naypidaw to meet with Senior General Than Swhe, the leader of Burma’s military regime. Webb is the highest-ranking U.S. official to meet with the military junta in over a decade.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concludes her 11-day Africa trip with a visit to the tiny nation of Cape Verde. Emphasizing good governance, Clinton visited seven nations during the longest foreign trip of her tenure.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou raises the death toll estimate from flooding and mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot from 100 to 500.

Violence flares in Russia’s Caucasus region as four policemen are killed by separatists in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny. The attack comes a day after four policemen and seven women are killed by Islamic separatists at a bath house in neighboring Dagestan.

All schools in Mumbai, India close for a week as the number of H1N1 cases rise.

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