the Context


The al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb executes British hostage Edwin Dwyer in the Sahara.


The U.S. state of New Hampshire legalizes same-sex marriage.

United States

American author Marilynne Robinson wins the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel "Home".


Former Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana is sentenced "in absentia" to incarceration until 2013 for misconduct.


The Nigerian government recaptures 130 of 150 inmates who escaped from a prison in Enugu.

South African President

President Jacob Zuma vows to create 500,000 jobs through 2009 in South Africa's State of the Nation Address.


Indian Member of Parliament Meira Kumar becomes the first female Speaker of the House of the People.

Remotely operated vehicle

The remotely operated vehicle "Nereus" reaches the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.

Labour Party

Labour Party Members of the United Kingdom's Parliament circulate an e-mail that requests Prime Minister Gordon Brown's resignation.

Organization of American States

The Organization of American States revokes its 47-year suspension of Cuba.

The Organization of American States lifted its 47-year suspension of Cuba on Wednesday in a move backed by Washington as it tries to soothe Cold War tensions with the communist-run island.