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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo completes a world record transfer fee of 80 million pounds which sends him to Real Madrid from Manchester United.

Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways cancelled half of a 30-plan order for 787 Dreamliners from Boeing Co., a cancellation that may amount to a $3.1 billion hit for Boeing.


Honduran President Manuel Zelaya fires his armed forces chief after he refuses to give logistical support for a referendum on constitutional change. The Supreme Court then orders that he be returned to his job immediately.


Burma denies any link to the North Korean ship "Kang Nam 1" being tracked by the United States on suspicion of carrying weapons in violation of a United Nations embargo.


The Russian Supreme Court orders a retrial for three men on charges related to the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.


The last leg of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race gets underway in Stockholm.


A roadside bomb kills five Iraqi policemen in the western city of Fallujah.

A roadside bomb killed five Iraqi policemen today in the once turbulent but recently secure western city of Falluja, police said…


Venezuela and the United States say they will restore their ambassadors.

Venezuela and the United States said yesterday they will restore their ambassadors more than nine months after president Hugo…


Campaigning begins for a legislative election in Iraqi Kurdistan.


A mourning ceremony for protesters who died in the post-election protests is cancelled.

A mourning ceremony for protestors who have died in Iran's post-election turmoil has been called off.

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett dies at approximately 2:26 p.m. in the intensive care unit of Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with Ryan O'Neal and Alana Stewart by her side.

Farrah Fawcett , who soared to fame as a national sex symbol in the late 1970s on television's campy "Charlie's Angels" and in a swimsuit poster that showcased her feathery mane and made her a generation's favorite pinup, died Thursday. She was 62.

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop Michael Jackson dies from cardiac arrest at the age of 50 after arrival at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

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