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Japan changes the name of Iwo Jima to its original name, Iwo To, to reflect the wishes of its original inhabitants.

Prime Minister

Deposed Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is ordered to return to Thailand to face charges in an asset-concealment case.


The Kuwaiti government condemns the besieging of its embassy in Iran and the beating of a diplomat, regarding it as an "attack on Kuwait." The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it regrets that the incident occurred.


The President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, invites the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Israel, and Jordan to a summit on Sunday to discuss the Palestinian crisis.

An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that Egypt has invited Israeli, Palestinian and Jordan to a summit next week to discuss economic and political concerns.

United Nations

The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone finds three leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council—Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara, and Santigie Borbor Kanu—guilty of war crimes.

Polar blast moving north

A polar blast moving north over the South Island of New Zealand causes major disruptions and claims at least one life.


NASA postpones the landing of "Atlantis" at Kennedy Space Center due to inclement weather, prolonging STS-117 for another day. NASA states that it can extend the mission until June 24 if necessary.


Inflation in Zimbabwe reaches 9,000%, the highest in the world.


Lebanon declares victory over Fatah al-Islam, an Al Qaeda-linked group, after a month-long battle at a Palestinian refugee camp.