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Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye

Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye replaces Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré as Prime Minister of Senegal.

Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department identifies the suspected serial killer John Floyd Thomas, Jr.

The first wave of slayings haunted Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. The killer slipped mostly unseen through the night, preying on older women who lived alone. He raped them and squeezed their necks...


The Italian cargo ship "Jolley Smeraldo" evades an attempted hijacking by Somali pirates.

An Italian-flagged merchant ship evaded an attack by Somali pirates and its 24-person crew was unharmed, shipping line officials said.

Helios Airways

Helios Airways and four executives are charged with 119 counts of manslaughter over the crash of Flight 522 in 2005.


Twelve people are killed at the State Oil Academy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Colombian Army

Eight National Army soldiers are killed during combat with the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colombia.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom ends combat operations in the Iraq War.


The third round of India's general election takes place.

Polls have opened in the third round of India's month-long elections, with the residents of Mumbai, the site of last year's militant attacks, among 144 million registered to vote.


Seven people are killed and 17 injured at a Queen's Day parade in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.


Chrysler declares bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the United States Code.

Mexican President

President Felipe Calderón partially closes Mexico's economy for five days.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), bowing to pressure from meat industry producers and concerned governments, said today it…