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July 7th, 2009
World Links: Riots Precede G8 Summit, Eleven NATO Soldiers Killed

At least 16 people die when an American drone missile strikes a Pakistani Taliban training camp in the Zangara area of South Waziristan. Three Uzbek militants are among the dead. Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud reportedly survives the attack on his military compound in the region where top Al Qaeda leaders are believed to be hiding.

Eleven NATO soldiers, seven Americans, two Canadians and one Briton, die in four separate incidents in Afghanistan in two days. Ten deaths on Monday make it the deadliest day for the NATO and U.S.-led coalitions in nearly a year.

The day before the commencement of the 2009 Group of Eight (G8) Summit in L’Aquila, Italy ten people are arrested and at least thirty people are detained in an anti-capitalist protest. Rioters set fires and create roadblocks in the Italian capital of Rome.

Riots continue in the Chinese city of Urumqi as police clash with hundreds of Han Chinese who are wielding weapons. Police arrest 1,434 in connection with Sunday evening’s riot and impose a “comprehensive traffic control” for Tuesday night in order to prevent further ethnic violence between the Han Chinese and Muslim Uighurs that has already resulted in 156 deaths and at least 1,000 injuries.

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