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Militants Target Elders in Pakistan

Militants connected to the Taliban and al Qaeda have targeted two elder leaders in northwestern Pakistan who spoke out against the Taliban, BBC News.

The number of deaths from the H1N1 in the U.S. is 4 times higher than the Centers for Disease Control had previously predicted. 4,000 people in the United States have died since April, Voice of America.

Thousands mourned Robert Enke, the German football goalie who committed suicide earlier this week. Enke was expected to be Germany’s goalie in the 2010 World Cup. Enke had been stricken by grief after the death of his young daughter, CNN.

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Commandos Rescue Hostages from Pakistan’s Military HQ

Commandos raided the Pakistani military headquarters where three dozen hostages had been held by two militants since yesterday. Three hostages died in the mission as well as two special forces soldiers, Al Jazeera.

Mullah Muhammad Omar is leading an increasingly successful Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, New York Times.

The CDC says the H1N1 virus, aka swine flu, is especially dangerous for young children. 76 children have died in the U.S. with 19 of those deaths occurring just last week. Parents are urged to be especially cautious if a fever and cough return after a sick child appears to get better as this can mean the child has suffered a second infection, NPR.

Gay rights advocates marched on Washington today to urge U.S. President Barack Obama to keep his promise to extend civil rights to homosexuals. In a speech last night at a dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, Obama said that he would push to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the U.S. military, Associated Press.

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Nationwide Manhunt for UGA Professor/Shooter George Zinkhan Continues

Almost 24 hours after the deadly shootings, George Zinkhan is still at large. Officials say he could be anywhere. Massive search for Zinkhan’s 2005 red Jeep Liberty with Georgia license plate AIX1376. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a complete timetable of the shootings as well as eyewitness reports.

Last night also saw another campus-related shooting at a Hampton University dorm in Hampton, Virginia. An 18 year-old man shot the night manager of the dorm and another man before shooting himself. There were no fatalities but all three were hospitalized. Hampton University students were alerted to the emergency by text message, USA Today. Text message emergency alerts have been widely implemented on college campuses after the tragedy at Virginia Tech in which a student killed 32 people and himself just over two years ago.

Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka have called for a ceasefire but it has been rejected by the Sri Lanka government who wants the rebels to surrender, BBC News.

Swine flu precautions continue. This is the first serious flu outbreak in North America since the bird flu scare in the Toronto area. Officials are taking the flu threat very seriously and are recommending quarantine for those who show symptoms of the flu. 81 people have died in Mexico from the flu, CNN. President Obama met someone whom later developed swine flu when he was in Mexico, but the White House says that President Obama does not exhibit any symptoms and is not at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms 11 cases of swine flu in the US.  CDC Factsheet on swine flu.

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