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Oct 14th, 2009

Summary: In the first comprehensive tally released since the war began, Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry reports that 85,694 Iraqis lost their lives from 2004-2008 and 147,195 were wounded. The count includes Iraqi civilians, military, and police but not U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors or U.S. forces, and it did not include the first months of the war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. … On the 35th day after losing his 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman reported on the increasing incidence of attacks by female suicide bombers — the mujahidaat — in Iraq and examined some of the factors behind this emerging threat.

Apr 30th, 2009

Summary: Information about the H1N1 novel virus (swine flu) pandemic, including links to news reports and resources.

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.