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United States

The United States National Transportation Safety Board identifies two incidents similar to the circumstances thought to have occurred on Air France Flight 447.

Two recent Airbus A330 flights may have had similar computer malfunctions to those suspected in AF Flight 447, the National Transportation Safety Board said.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls on the Taliban to take part and vote in the August presidential election.

The Afghan president urged the militants to refrain from disrupting the national elections in August and to cast ballots themselves.


NATO and Russia agree to restore military ties after a 10 month period following the 2008 war in Georgia.

NATO and Russia on Saturday resumed formal cooperation on broad security threats but failed to bridge major differences over Georgia in their first high-level talks since the war in the Caucasus region.


The Taliban claim responsibility for a suicide attack in Pakistan-administered Kashmir which killed two soldiers.

Saad Hariri

Saad al-Hariri is appointed the new Prime Minister of Lebanon.

Red shirt

Thousands of protestors from the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship call on the government to resign in Bangkok, Thailand.


Brazil announces it has ended the search for bodies from Air France Flight 447.

Ulster loyalism

Two loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland begin decommissioning their weapons.

Loyalist paramilitaries groups in Northern Ireland have begun decommissioning their weapons.