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A bomb kills two people and injures 12 others in Kathmandu, Nepal.


United States President Barack Obama nominates former astronaut Charles F. Bolden, Jr. as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

President Obama will name former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. as NASA administrator, according to three congressional sources. If confirmed by the Senate, the retired Marine Corps general would...


Germany's Federal Assembly re-elects Horst Köhler as President.


A car bomb kills at least six people and injures 70 others in Peshawar, Pakistan.


Madagascar's political parties agree to establish a provisional government and a truth-reconciliation commission.


Floods force the evacuations of Kempsey and Grafton, New South Wales, Australia.

South Korea

Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun commits suicide.

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Pakistan Army

The Army and the Taliban battle in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan.

Street fighting erupts in Mingora as the military attempts to push out Taliban fighters.

United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demands better humanitarian aid for 250,000 war refugees in Sri Lanka.

Super King Air

Fourteen people are killed as a King Air 350 crashes near Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil.

Authorities say 14 people were killed in the crash of a small executive jet at a luxury beach resort in north-eastern Brazil, raising the death toll from 11.

Madhav Kumar Nepal

Madhav Kumar Nepal of the Communist Party (Unified Marxist-Leninist) is elected as Prime Minister of Nepal.