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India and Turkey confirm their first cases of (A)H1N1 influenza.


Thousands of demonstrators protest unemployment in Berlin, Germany.

Thousands of German workers marched through Berlin today to demand the government do more to protect jobs, highlighting popular…


An acid attack injures 30 people in Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.


The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force ends its involvement in Iraq.


President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka has "militarily defeated the Tamil Tigers".

Sri Lanka declared Monday it had crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, killing their chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and ending his three-decade quest for an independent homeland for Tamils.

Car bomb

A car bomb kills at least 11 people and injures 25 others in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Niger Delta

The Niger Delta Emancipation Movement claims that Nigeria's military killed one of its hostages during an operation.

Bharatiya Janata Party

The People's Party concedes to the United Progressive Alliance in India's general election.

India's main opposition has admitted defeat as counting shows the ruling Congress has a commanding lead.

House of Representatives

Representative Yukio Hatoyama becomes the President of Japan's Democratic Party.

Gulf Cartel

The Gulf drug cartel liberates 59 inmates from a prison in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Manchester United

Manchester United Football Club win the 2008-09 season of the Premier League.

Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel becomes the University of Oxford's first female Professor of Poetry.

Ruth Padel has become the new Oxford Professor of Poetry today, following a contest tinged with controversy.

Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak of Norway wins the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

Rotman and James Kilner