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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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Hundreds Believed Dead in Taiwan After Typhoon Strikes

It is believed that hundreds of people have been killed in Taiwan due to a mudslide, which was caused by Typhoon Morakot. 600-800 are missing in the village of Shiao Lin and many of the missing are children and elderly people, BBC News.

Up to 40 people in Japan where injured by today’s 6.6 magnitude earthquake. There have been no reports of damage or injuries from the 7.6 earthquake that struck off the coast of India, BNO News.

More than 100 people have been killed in Iraq in the last four days. Officials are worried confidence in the Americans’ decision to retreat from the area may be waning in the face of increased violence. The death toll stems mostly from deadly bombings, most of which have been aimed at ethnic minorities, AP.

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