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Credit CARD Act of 2009

The Credit CARD Act of 2009 was signed into U.S. law by the President, Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama has signed a bill creating new rules for the credit card industry that are designed to protect consumers from surprise charges.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's first sextuplets are born in Belfast.

A woman in Northern Ireland has given birth to six babies at the Royal Victoria Hospital.


Spain's National Police Corps arrests 23 people for trafficking Nigerian prostitutes through voodoo.

United Nations

The United Nations requests aid for 1,500,000 people who have been displaced by war in northwest Pakistan.

Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle "Atlantis" prepares to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United States.

NASA's space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continued to set high marks of achievement and endurance through 30 years of missions.

Bingu wa Mutharika

Bingu wa Mutharika is reelected as President of Malawi.

Central government

At least 36 people are killed as the Transitional Federal Government and Islamist militants battle in Mogadishu, Somalia.


A 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Chiautla de Tapia, Puebla, Mexico.


Floods kill at least 11 people in Haiti.

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is inaugurated for his second term as Prime Minister of India.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was sworn in on Friday for a second five-year term with expectations his strengthened left-of-center coalition could both reform a slowing economy and help millions of poor.