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At least 61 people are discovered dead in a Harmony Gold mine in Free State, South Africa.


Pakistan's military rescues 80 people whom the Taliban kidnapped on June 1.

Pakistani soldiers Tuesday rescued scores of students and staff from a military-run college who were abducted by Taliban militants in the northwest of the country, a military spokesman said.


The United Kingdom experiences its first critical case of A(H1N1) influenza.


The defense in Burmese National League for Democracy General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi's trial alleges that intruder John William Yettaw "acted alone".


China blocks access to such websites as Twitter, Flickr, and Hotmail, ahead of the anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

The Chinese government is trying to block access to social media, photo-sharing and many websites in an apparent effort to control discussion about the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, bloodily suppressed by Chinese soldiers 20 years ago.


Oxfam International describes the humanitarian crisis in Somalia as "very dire".


Dutch research verifies space headache as a real medical condition.

Inuit Ataqatigiit

The Community of the People wins Greenland's parliamentary election.


United Kingdom Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announces her resignation.

General Motors

General Motors sells its Hummer brand to the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company.

A machinery company with ambitions to become a carmaker is the buyer, at an undisclosed price.


Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim confirms that debris discovered in the Atlantic Ocean, near Fernando de Noronha, is the wreckage of Air France Flight 447.