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United Kingdom

United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown shuffles the Cabinet:

David Bain

David Bain, after an extensive three-month retrial, is found not guilty of murdering five family members in Dunedin, New Zealand on 20 June 1994.

United States

Former United States State Department employee Kendall Myers and his wife, Gwendolyn, are arrested and charged with spying for Cuba's government.

Suicide bombing

A suicide attack kills at least 38 people at a mosque in Upper Dir District, Pakistan.


A landslide buries approximately 59 people and kills at least two others in Chongqing, China.

Philippe Gomes

Philippe Gomès is elected President of New Caledonia.


A bomb kills nine people in a café in Baghdad, Iraq.

Presidential election

Presidential-election candidate Baciro Dabó and former Defense Minister Helder Proenca are accused of plotting a coup d'état and killed by Guinea-Bissau's government.


Brazil's Air Force confirms that no debris has been recovered from Air France Flight 447.

Bus fire

A bus fire kills at least 24 people in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.


Pope Benedict XVI is briefed on Ireland's Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse's public report.

The country's two most senior Catholic clergymen have met meeting Pope Benedict in Rome this evening.

Republic of Ireland

Ireland's rate of unemployment reaches 11.8%.

The number of people on the Live Register hit 400,000 for the first time last month.

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi threatens to sue the Spanish newspaper "El País" for publishing indecent photographs of people at his villa in Sardinia.

United States

American economist Paul Krugman says that the Irish economy may not recover from the 2008–09 financial crisis until 2014.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has predicted that the Irish economic recovery could take five years.

Republic of Ireland

Ireland conducts local elections and two by-elections in Dublin Central and Dublin South.

European Union

The European Union's parliamentary election continues in the Czech Republic and Ireland.

Adolf Hitler

Two thousand new private color photographs of Adolf Hitler are published.

Collection of colour photographs reveal the private life of Adolf Hitler.