Democracy Now! Headlines for January 15, 2010

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16 Killed in US Drone Attack in Pakistan

In Pakistan, at least sixteen people have been killed in a US drone attack in the South Waziristan tribal region. Pakistani officials say the strike could have killed the top Taliban leader in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud. The Taliban says Mehsud left before the attack and escaped harm. The attack came amidst a visit to Pakistan by US special envoy Richard Holbrooke. On Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani criticized the drone strikes, saying they undermine Pakistani sovereignty.

16 Killed in Afghan Bombing

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, at least sixteen people were killed Thursday in a suicide bombing in Uruzgan province. It was the deadliest militant attack on Afghan civilians since September.

Study: African American Jobless Rate to Reach 25-Year High

A new study says African American unemployment is on pace to reach a twenty-five-year high. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the national African American unemployment rate will exceed 17 percent, and top 20 percent in at least five states. The poverty rate for African American children is predicted to reach as much as 50 percent, up from 34 percent in 2008.

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