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Billy Elliot the Musical

"Billy Elliot the Musical" wins Best Musical and "God of Carnage" wins Best Play at the 63rd Tony Awards.

Somali Civil War (2009–present)

Radio Shabelle director Moqtar Mohamed Hirabe is killed in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is granted honorary citizenship in Paris, France.


Former United Kingdom Cabinet Ministers Hazel Blears, James Purnell, John Hutton, and Caroline Flint coordinated their resignations to compel Prime Minister Gordon Brown to also resign.

A co-ordinated plot by British cabinet ministers was behind the resignations last week that came close to forcing Gordon Brown to step down, it can be disclosed.


Former Cuban President Fidel Castro dismisses allegations that ex-U.S. State Department employee Kendall Myers spied for his country.

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United States

The United States Supreme Court is requested to block Italian automaker Fiat's purchase of Chrysler.

Gay pride

A seven-day gay pride festival is held for the first time in Shanghai, China.


Bolivia's government seeks two Irish passport-holders who are allegedly connected to the attempted assassination of President Evo Morales in April.

Air France

Air France replaces airspeed sensors on its Airbus aircraft.

Search crews have spotted more bodies and found a large amount of debris from the Air France plane that plunged into the Atlantic ocean.

European Union

The European Union's parliamentary election concludes in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.