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Apr 26th, 2009

Summary: Government officials have declared a public health emergency in connection with the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak that has killed dozens in Mexico and sickened 20 in the U.S., said the nations director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

Mar 19th, 2009

Summary: Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003 — March 19 in the United States — the end of America’s costly mission is in sight, but the future of Iraq is much less clear.

Mar 16th, 2009

Summary: A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed four NATO troops, while bombings and clashes elsewhere in the country killed 14 more people. … A suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated inside a police headquarters in southern Afghanistan, killing 11 people and wounding 29. … Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki said any U.S. withdrawals “must be done with our approval” and in coordination with the Iraqi government. … The U.S. military confirmed that U.S. forces shot down an unmanned Iranian aircraft in Iraqi airspace. … At least 4,259 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war.