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August 7, 2009
This week’s hotspots: from Tehran to Ziketan

This series of maps from around the world features some of the most notable events of the past week, including a drone attack that likely killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and pneumonic plague in rural China.

Tuesday, August 4:


Ziketan, China
: Chinese authorities have quarantined this remote western village of 10,000 people in Qinghai province after three locals died of pneumonic plague, a highly contagious lung infection that can kill within 24 hours.

Wednesday, August 5:


Tehran, Iran: To protest today’s inauguration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, demonstrators have gathered in several locations throughout central Tehran, including Baharestan Square and the Grand Bazaar. Courtesy of GoogleMaps user homylafayette

Thursday, August 6:

Ahmed Awa, Iraq: The approximate location where three American freelance journalists hiked across the Iranian border one week ago, about 7 miles from where they reportedly left a taxi at a popular tourist area in Iraqi Kurdistan. They are allegedly still detained by Iranian authorities.

Friday, August 7:


Makin, Pakistan: The approximate South Waziristan location of the house where Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was likely assassinated by a U.S. Predator drone, according to Pakistan’s foreign minister. The U.S. had placed a $5 million bounty on the al-Qaeda ally’s head.

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