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Indonesia

Indonesian police claim to have arrested Abu Dujana, the military leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings.

Al-Askari Mosque

An explosion at the Al-Askari Mosque in Samarra, Iraq is reported to have destroyed two of its minarets.

Strike

A strike by Indian Airlines ground staff disrupts air traffic throughout India.

Law Lords

A landmark ruling by the UK's highest appeal court, the Law Lords, allows the family of an Iraqi who died in UK military custody to sue the British Government and demand a public inquiry into the circumstances of his death.

EADS Astrium

EADS Astrium unveils its space tourism project, one week ahead of the Paris Air Show.

South Africa

A South African public sector strike closes down most of the schools and hospitals in that country.

Cease-fire

Hamas and Fatah officials claim that they have agreed on a cease-fire, but fighting continues.

Hamas

Hamas militants kill at least 16 Palestinians, including 2 UNRWA workers and 13 Fatah members, as clashes intensify in the Gaza Strip.

Beirut

An explosion in Beirut kills at least 10 people, including MP Walid Eido.

Crowds marched behind a somber funeral procession Thursday after a powerful car bombing killed a prominent anti-Syrian legislator and nine other people, dealing a new blow to the stability of this conflict-torn nation.

Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres is elected as the President of Israel after opponents bow out in the first round of the Israeli presidential elections.

Gigantoraptor erlianensis

"Gigantoraptor erlianensis", a gigantic birdlike dinosaur, is discovered in Inner Mongolia by paleontologist Xu Xing.

Queen regnant

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom awards Sir Tim Berners-Lee the Order of Merit for his pioneering work on the worldwide web.

6.8 magnitude earthquake

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits south of Puerto Quetzal, on Guatemala's Pacific Coast.

Green Party

Ireland's Green Party (Comhaontas Glas) agrees to go into government with Fianna Fil as part of Ireland's 30th Dil when it opens on 14 June.

Green Party members have voted by over 86% to go into Government with Fianna Fáil.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean Minister of Lands Didymus Mutasa says the government will remove all remaining white farmers from their farms and divide their land among landless black citizens.