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Eight people die in a car bomb explosion at a tourist site in Yemen.

The Carlyle Group offers somewhere between PS4 billion and PS5 billion for the purchase of heavily-indebted Virgin Media.

Corporal Bill Henry "Willie" Apiata of the Special Air Service of New Zealand is awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery under fire in Afghanistan in 2004.

A New Zealand soldier has been awarded the Victoria Cross for the first time since World War II.

Wesfarmers buys Coles Group for $A22 billion in Australia's biggest corporate deal.

U.S. President George W. Bush holds talks with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Kennebunkport, Maine discussing missile defense and Iran.

The United States accuses Iran of using Hezbollah to train Shia militants in Iraq. The Iranian Defence Minister had earlier called the US the "biggest sponsor of terrorism" in the world.

Garda Siochana find over 1.5 tonnes of cocaine worth over EUR105 million off the coast of West Cork after a small ship sinks - the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Ireland. The naval diving squad are continuing the search, as experts believe more of the drug is still in the sea.

Customs officials have recovered 61 bales of cocaine in west Cork in the largest seizure of the drug in the history of the State.

Brahim Deby, heir apparent to President Idriss Deby of Chad, is murdered in Paris, France.

U.S. President George W. Bush commutes Scooter Libby's prison sentence with a Grant of Executive Clemency for his role in the Plame Affair.

President George W. Bush on Monday spared former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby a prison term, enraging Democrats who accused Bush of abusing power in a case that has fueled debate over the Iraq war.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas K. Mooney, the military attache at the United States Embassy is found dead in western Cyprus.

British detectives continue the hunt for suspects in the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack and the 2007 London car bombs plot. Two doctors are among the seven people currently in custody in the UK in connection with the attacks with another person held in Brisbane, Queensland.

The trial over the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink opens in Istanbul, Turkey.