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Pakistan

The U.S. resumes secret surveillance flights to aid Pakistani commanders.

Information is being shared with Pakistani commanders fighting militants near the Afghan border.

Opposition

The opposition gained a large victory in Argentine legislative elections, leading party leader Nstor Kirchner to step down.

United Nations

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Burma on Friday to press the country on democratic reform.

Iran

The Iranian Guardian Council certifies the controversial presidential election.

The unexpectedly rapid decision by the Guardian Council set off angry screaming in Tehran.

Tehran

Five out of nine local staff from the British embassy in Tehran, Iran, who were recently arrested, are released.

Collide

Two passenger trains collide in Chenzhou, Hunan in central China, leaving at least three people dead and 60 injured.

United States Air Force

The United States Air Force test fires an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from the coast of California to a point in the Pacific Ocean about 4,200 miles (6,750 km) away.

Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff is sentenced to 150 years in prison for investment fraud.

A federal judge sentenced Bernard L. Madoff to 150 years in prison for running a huge Ponzi scheme that devastated thousands of investors, calling his crimes “extraordinarily evil.”

Bone

Scientific tests show bones housed in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome are those of the apostle Saint Paul himself, according to Pope Benedict XVI.