the Context

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Independent Police Complaints Commission announces an inquest into Ian Tomlinson's death.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development removes Costa Rica, Malaysia, and the Philippines from its blacklist of non-cooperative tax havens.


A rogue French Foreign Legionnaire kills four people in Chad.


Somali pirates hijack the Danish container ship MV "Maersk Alabama" in the Indian Ocean.


One person is killed and four are injured in a shooting in Temecula, California, United States.


Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet in Beijing.

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Thirty thousand National United Front demonstrators assemble at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insisted on Wednesday that an Asian summit, postponed once already, would go ahead in Thailand this week despite a mass rally in Bangkok by demonstrators intent on toppling him.


Police in Chişinău reclaim Moldova's Parliament from protesters of the Communist Party's absolute majority in the country's legislative election.


Thousands of people in Pyongyang, North Korea, celebrate the “successful” launch of the Bright Star-2 communications satellite into Earth's orbit.