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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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Eight U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Eight U.S. troops and two members of the Afghan National Security Force were killed yesterday in eastern Afghanistan in a large battle against thousands of militants. The NATO-led forces were attacked as tribal militants surrounded two security outposts. A U.S. official says the country will abandon the base, CNN.

The island of Sumatra in Indonesia has been devastated by massive mudslides after last week’s 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed over 600 people. The mudslides have wiped out an entire valley of villages on the island and officials say more than 200 people are trapped in the mud, Wall Street Journal.

More militants in Nigeria are laying down their guns. Militant commanders Akete Tom and Farah Dagogo and their fighters handed over their weapons yesterday and rebel faction leader Government Tompolo says he will disarm today, shortly before the expiration of the amnesty period that offers pledges of cash and jobs for disarmament. Rebel groups have been fighting the government over oil profits since 2006, BBC News.

A White House official says President Obama will take on overturning the controversial ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy “at the right time.” The policy prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, New York Times.

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