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Bahrain recognizes Kosovo.


Somali pirates release the German cargo ship MV "Patriot".


A 47-million-year-old skeleton of a lemur species is discovered in Germany.

European Parliament

The European Parliament requests that Spain reform its planning laws.


Brazilian oil company Petrobras and the People's Republic of China finalize a US$10-billion agreement.

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh of the National Congress is reelected as Prime Minister of India.


Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney testifies about his relationship with arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber.


Ethiopia's National Defense Force reenters Somalia.


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expresses "grave concern" about National League for Democracy General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi's trial.

United States

The U.S. and Russia begin negotiations to replace the expiring Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.


Pro-Tamil Tigers protesters and the Metropolitan Police Service battle, injuring 16 people, in London, England.


Uzbekistan's government leases Navoiy Airport to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


President Mahinda Rajapaksa declares Sri Lanka "liberated" from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin announces that he will resign on June 21.

Palestinian Authority President

President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurates the Palestinian National Authority's new government.

United States

The United States Government Accountability Office warns that the Global Positioning System could fail by 2010.