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At least 20,000 civilians were reportedly killed during the final five months of Sri Lanka's civil war.

Government of Ireland

Ireland's government intends to further recapitalize Anglo Irish Bank by EUR4 billion.

The Government is to seek EU approval to inject up to €4 billion of capital into the nationalised Anglo Irish Bank after it reported…

Soyuz TMA-15

Soyuz TMA-15 docks with the International Space Station.

North Korea

North Korea launches a short-range ballistic missile.


The lethal Lujo virus is identified in Africa.


Four people are killed when a dam bursts in Piaui, Brazil.


The United States Department of Defense will create a computer-security military command.

Presidents of South Korea

Former President Roh Moo-hyun's state funeral is held in Seoul, South Korea.

Kavya Shivashankar

Kavya Shivashankar of Kansas wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Kavya Shivashankar emerges spelling bee winner after spelling her final word, "laodicean." Watch an interview with Shivashankar on "Good Morning America" Friday.


Irish broadcaster Pat Kenny hosts his final episode of "The Late Late Show".


Irish brewery Beamish and Crawford closes after 217 years in business.


American media companies Time Warner and AOL terminate their merger.

Nearly a decade after high-flying upstart AOL bought media titan Time Warner Inc. in what turned out to be one of the most disastrous mergers in history, the two parted company Thursday, leaving both firms searching for their places in an altered media landscape.


American record producer Phil Spector is jailed for 19 years for murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.


Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe Elliot Morley will resign at the United Kingdom's 2010 General Election.