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U.S. Senator

The Minnesota Supreme Court orders that Al Franken be certified winner of the state's Senate election.

The Minnesota SupremeCourt on Tuesday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of atight U.S. Senate race over Republican Norm Coleman, whichshould give Democrats the 60-seat majority they need toovercome procedural obstacles and push through their agenda.


The Israeli navy intercepts a boat carrying humanitarian supplies headed for Gaza, which remains under a blockade.

Vessel carrying aid to Gaza intercepted by Israeli navy.


The Taliban scraps the truce offered in February by the Pakistani government, killing approximately 30 Pakistani soldiers shortly after making the announcement.

A Taliban group said it would withdraw from a peace deal with the government to protest continuing strikes by American drones.

The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay, one of the world's largest BitTorrent trackers, confirms today that it would be acquired by Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) for 7.8 million USD.

United States

U.S. forces pull out of Baghdad and leave major cities across Iraq.

In one neighborhood, results of the American “surge” are evident but sectarian tensions remain.


At least 15 people are killed and 40 are injured by the derailment of an Italian freight train and subsequent explosion of two wagons carrying liquified petroleum gas in Viareggio.

Central Statistics Office

Official figures from the Central Statistics Office show a dramatic contraction in the Irish economy in the first three months of 2009.

Official figures show that there was a dramatic contraction in the economy in the first three months of this year.


Germany's Constitutional Court approves the Treaty of Lisbon, but suspends ratification of it.


Dresden loses its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The President of Cameroon Paul Biya sacks Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni and appoints Philemon Yang to the role.

Gas Exporting Countries Forum

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum elects Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, oil and energy minister of Qatar, as the president of the organization.