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Two oil and transport unions begin a strike in Nigeria over an increase in fuel duty and a doubling of sales tax.

United States Secretary of Defense

United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal Al-Maliki and U.S. military leaders in Iraq to discuss the effectiveness of the current military campaign.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met Iraqi leaders on Saturday to tell them Washington was disappointed with their efforts to reconcile warring factions.


A roadside bomb kills at least seven soldiers in Yala Province, Thailand.


Indonesia claims that it has captured Jemaah Islamiyah leader Zarkarsih.

Indonesia has captured the head of Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, the chief of the country’s anti-terrorist unit said Friday.


In the UK, seven members of Dhiren Barot's al Qaeda cell are sentenced to a total of 136 years in prison.


Switzerland opens the world's longest rail tunnel on land, the 34-kilometre Ltschberg tunnel under the Alps.

Mike Nifong

Mike Nifong, facing disbarment for his actions in the 2006 Duke University lacrosse case, agrees to resign his position as district attorney for Durham County in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

The district attorney who prosecuted three Duke University lacrosse players accused of rape took the stand in his own ethics trial Friday and acknowledged he made some inappropriate statements during the investigation.

Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China

Thousands of Chinese policemen rescue 450 slave workers while arresting 120 suspects.