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Pakistani Troops Attack Taliban Strongholds

Colorado authorities say they expect criminal charges to be filed against the family of the six-year-old boy who was reported to be trapped in a runaway helium balloon on Thursday. The incident dominated media coverage and, after the boy was found safe inside his home, questions have been raised about whether the family made the story up, CNN.

Pakistan unveiled an anticipated new ground strategy today, using more than 30,000 troops to attack al-Qaeda and Taliban strongholds along the Afghan border. Early reports say that the troops are “meeting fierce resistance from Taliban fighters,” Guardian UK.

Israel is furious over the UN Human Rights Commission’s endorsement of the Goldstone Report, which accuses Israel of targeting civilians during the December-January conflict. The report also faulted Hamas for firing rockets into Israel, Jerusalem Post.

Violent clashes between drug gangs and police has killed at least 10 people in Rio de Janeiro. Two Brazilian policeman were killed after their helicopter was shot and crashed, bursting into flames, BBC News.

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At Least 90 Killed in Earthquake in Central Italy

Thousands have been injured in an earthquake that struck the mountainous central area of Italy. At least 90 are reported dead. The earthquake struck in the early morning hours when most were asleep. Hardest hit was the medieval city of L’Aquila where hundreds of historic buildings may have been destroyed. A strong earthquake previously struck the region in 2002, resulting in the deaths of 28 people, BBC News.

2 aid workers kidnapped in Sudan, CTV.

Vancouver gang violence continues with a shooting at a Boston Pizza in East Vancouver. The shooting is thought to be a targeted hit . There have been 41 shootings in Vancouver this year, BC Local News.

Car bombs rock Baghdad. Six car bombs, all set off remotely, have killed at least 32 and injured dozens more. U.S. military officials also announced a soldier was killed in the Diyala province on Sunday, the first combat casualty since March 16, Washington Post.

Still no agreement on response to North Korea’s ballistic missile launch from the UN Security Council, Voice of America.

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