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Seven members of Bolivia's Mennonite Christian community are detained over the alleged rape of 60 women or girls from their own community.

Eight men from a Mennonite community in Bolivia have been arrested and accused of raping at least 60 women from their farming settlement in the eastern Santa Cruz region, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.


More than 60 are killed and 150 are injured after a bombing in Baghdad.

Bagram Air Base

Former detainees allege abuses at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.


A bomb kills two people and injures six others in Chechnya, Russia.

United States

The United States is to send an ambassador to Syria after an absence of four years.


The Chinese government formally arrests dissident Liu Xiaobo on charges of state subversion.

United States

At least 43 people are killed by United States aircraft in South Waziristan, Pakistan.

At least 30 people have been killed in US missile strikes in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan.


Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declares the recent election result will stand.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has declared that the disputed Iran election result will stand, despite violent street protests in recent days.

Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford, Governor of the U.S. state of South Carolina, admits to adultery with an Argentine woman and resigns as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association.


A flute carved over 35,000 years ago, and thought to be the oldest musical instrument in the world, is unearthed in Germany.

Archaeologists said a bone flute and two fragments of ivory flutes discovered last fall represent the earliest known flowering of music-making in Stone Age culture.


China blocks Google services.


Togo abolishes the death penalty.