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In the United Kingdom, hundreds of people are evacuated from villages in South Yorkshire, and a section of the M1 motorway is closed amid fears of an imminent collapse of the dam at the Ulley reservoir following heavy rainfall and widespread flooding across the UK.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair and Arnold Schwarzenegger hold talks at 10 Downing Street on Blair's last day as Prime Minister; the environment and climate change are the primary issue.


An International Atomic Energy Agency team heads to North Korea to see if Pyongyang's nuclear reactor has been shut down.

Gordon Brown

On the eve of Gordon Brown's assuming office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Conservative Member of Parliament Quentin Davies defects to the Labour Party.


The Central Intelligence Agency releases the "family jewels," secret documents detailing illegal activities—including a plot to hire members of the Mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro—and domestic spying.

The CIA worked with three American mobsters in a botched "gangster-type" attempt to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s, according to documents released by the CIA on Tuesday.

Army of Islam

The militant group Army of Islam, holding BBC Middle East correspondent Alan Johnston captive, renews its threat to kill him.


Bolivia reclaims two oil refineries from Brazilian state-owned energy company Petrobras.