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Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Solomon Islands is officially opened.


The Armed Forces kill more than 50 Taliban militants while capturing Daggar, Buner Valley.

Pakistani troops took the main town in strategically important Buner Valley on Wednesday after dropping by helicopter behind Taliban lines, killing more than 50 militants in two days, the military said.


Australia announces the deployment of 450 additional soldiers to the Afghanistan War.


India's government locks down Srinagar, Kashmir, to prevent anti-election protests.

United States

The United States suffers its first death.


The United States economy contracts by 6.1% in the first fiscal quarter of 2009.

The government reported gross domestic product shrank at a 6.1 percent yearly rate, but the numbers suggested that the worst of the recession may be easing.