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Pixar's "Up" becomes the first animated film to open the Cannes Film Festival.

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta

The Emancipation Movement and the Army battle in Nigeria's Niger Delta.

Suicide bomber

A suicide attack at FOB Salerno kills seven civilians and injures 21 more in Khost, Afghanistan.

A suicide bomb attack outside a NATO base killed seven civilians in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, a day after a brazen strike by the Taliban in the same town, officials said.


Artillery shelling kills 50 people and injures 40 more at a hospital in Sri Lanka's war zone.

United Nations

The United Nations reports that Somalia is experiencing its worst drought since the 1990s.

European Commission

The European Commission fines Intel Corporation €1.06 billion for anti-competitive practices.


Pope Benedict XVI advocates the creation of a Palestinian state.


United States President Barack Obama proclaims May 2009 as Jewish American Heritage Month.