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U.S. Treasury

The U.S. Treasury Department confirmed that 10 big banks have met the necessary requirements to repay funds that they have received—a total of $58 billion—in the Troubled Asset Relief Program of October 2008.

Samuel B. Kent

U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent is impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on charges of obstruction of justice.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, said in an interview that it should not be necessary for the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to align all their rules and regulation, although she does expect some harmonization.

Henry Allingham

Henry Allingham, 113, one of the UK's last two World War I veterans, becomes the world's oldest man following the death of Tomoji Tanabe.

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claims to have blown up another oil pipeline in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria.


Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar says the military offensive in the Swat valley is nearing its end.


A bomb explodes near Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain, killing one policeman.

A police officer has been killed in a car bomb blast near Bilbao, in Spain's northern Basque region.

Air France

Air France is to offer compensation to the families of victims of the Flight 447 disaster.


Protests take place at Burma's embassies worldwide on occasion of Aung San Suu Kyi's 64th birthday.

Allen Stanford

Allen Stanford, the chairman of Stanford Financial Group, is arrested after allegations of fraud.

Republic of Ireland

Ireland's Taoiseach Brian Cowen secures binding concessions in EU talks on the Lisbon Treaty.

United States

The U.S. begins deploying missile interceptors and radar to defend Hawaii from a North Korean long-range rocket.

The Pentagon said that it planned to “vigorously enforce” sanctions on North Korea’s nuclear program.

The Gambia

Gambian opposition leader and journalist for the "Foroyaa" newspaper, Halifa Sallah, is arrested.

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard investigates the expenses of five Labour MPs in Britain.

Swine flu

Swine flu is confirmed in Ethiopia and Slovenia.

More cases of swine flu emerged today, with Ethiopia and Slovenia confirming their first infections.

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Two teenagers are arrested by police in connection with racist attacks on Romanians in south Belfast.

Ongoing row

As part of an ongoing row between FOTA and the FIA, eight teams declare that they will leave Formula One and set up a new championship for the 2010 season.


The Iranian Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warns against further election protests.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, raised the prospect of violence if the vast, defiant protests of opposition supporters continued.