Wednesday, September 30, 2009

World News Briefs -- September 30, 2009

At Least 113 Dead In Pacific Tsunami: Officials -- Yahoo News/AFP

APIA (AFP) – At least 113 people are dead after a huge Pacific earthquake and tsunami hit the Samoan islands and Tonga on Tuesday, a hospital worker and officials said.

"There has to be more than a hundred, the last count was at 2:00 pm (0100 GMT Wednesday) and there were 84 bodies," a worker at Samoa's Tupua Tamasese Hospital told AFP.

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Secret Iran plant gives U.S. leverage in Geneva talks. Iranian lawmakers warn west ahead of nuclear talks.

US: Iraq budget constraints security challenge.

US speeding up military withdrawal from Iraq. US General says Iraq exit is on track.

Netanyahu wants panel of inquiry over UN Gaza report.


China looks to technology, diplomacy for future.

UN ratchets up criticism of Sri Lankan camps.

Two U.S. troops killed in forgotten Filipino counterinsurgency.

India promises twelvefold boost in nuclear capacity by 2050.

North Korea’s Kim is ‘in charge,’ top US commander in South Korea.


Guinea bans mass gatherings after stadium bloodbath. Guinea protests 'will continue'.

US Navy says piracy activity off Somali coast rising.

Rape, violence against Darfur women refugees denounced.

Sudan: A cold war man, a hot war and a legal gray area.

Nigerian rebel group appoints mediators.


Russia-Georgia war EU report due.

EU nations to hammer out financial oversight.

Google bosses on trial in Italy.


Cracks deepen among supporters of Honduran coup.

U.S. - Mexico border deaths are increasing.

Lula faces criticism in Brazil over Honduras role.


More Saudi help needed on terror finance-U.S. report.

Terrorists are 'refugees' says State Department.

Success against Al-Qaeda cited.


Authors: U.S. economic crisis was long time in the making.

Officials: Fed will need to boost rates quickly.

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