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Major World News Stories of 2009

by Beth Rowen
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With the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued unrest Pakistan and Iran, the Middle East dominated news headlines in 2009. Eyes were also on Honduras after President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup. Here's a look at some of the world's hotspots in 2009.

Presidential Election Marred by Fraud in Afghanistan

Obama announces revised strategy as violence there intensifies

President of Honduras Overthrown in a Coup

President Manuel Zelaya accused of trying to rewrite constituion in his favor

Opposition Challenges Presidential Election Results in Iran

Government widely criticized for crackdown on protesters

U.S. Diminishes Its Role in Iraq

Iraq begins to assume responsibility for security

Peace Remains Elusive for Israelis and Palestinians

Negotiations stall with settlement activity a major sticking point

Taliban Gains Strength in Pakistan

President Asif Ali Zardari's fragile government faces many challenges

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