the Context


Nigerien President Tandja Mamadou dissolves the National Assembly.


The Swedish Navy arrests seven Somali pirates during the attempted hijacking of a Greek ship.

Suicide bombing

A suicide attack kills six people in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy will open a military base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

People smugglers

An air raid on a people-smuggling convoy in Sudan in January killed 119 people.

South Africa

South Africa's economy contracted by 6.4% during the first fiscal quarter of 2009 and thus enters recession.

National League for Democracy

The National League for Democracy's General Secretary testifies in Burma.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi denied violating her house arrest on Tuesday as the ruling generals tried to justify her trial, which has drawn condemnation from around the world.

North Korea

North Korea tests two more missiles.


Pakistan's Supreme Court will allow former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to stand for election.


President Isaias Afewerki says Eritrea will not release imprisoned journalist Dawit Isaak.

U.S. President

President Barack Obama nominates Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the United States Supreme Court.

Supreme Court of California

The Supreme Court of California upholds Proposition 8, the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

General secretary

General Secretary Hu Jintao of the Communist Party in the People's Republic of China and Nationalist Party Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung in Taiwan meet in Beijing to discuss cross-Strait relations.