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Bulk freighter

The bulk carrier MV "Ariana" is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.


The Republic of China allows financial investment from mainland China for the first time since 1949.

Pakistan Army

Two Army soldiers and 13 Taliban militants are killed during a raid in Mohmand Agency, Pakistan.


The Indonesian Pilots Federation threatens to strike unless Marwoto Komar's conviction is overturned.

Unhappy with Criminal Conviction of a Garuda Pilot, Indonesian Aviators May Ground National Air Fleet if Strike Threat Materializes.

Pacific Islands Forum

The Pacific Islands Forum indefinitely suspends Fiji's membership.


Australia will spend US$70 billion through 2029 to improve its Defence Force.

Australia will spend more than 70 billion US US dollars boosting its defences over the next 20 years in response to a regional military build-up and global shifts in power, the government said.


Israel aids the Palestinian National Authority, Egypt, and Jordan in combatting swine influenza.

United Nations

The United Nations orders Israel to stop evicting Palestinians from East Jerusalem.

Israel must freeze all pending east Jerusalem home demolitions, UN report says.

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Army kills 91 people and injures 87 others at a hospital inside a civilian safe zone.

Horse racing

The racehorse Mine That Bird wins the 135th Kentucky Derby.