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A notebook of Pablo Picasso sketches worth several million euro is discovered stolen from the Musée Picasso in Paris.

A notebook full of Pablo Picasso’s sketches worth several million euros has been stolen from the Paris museum that bears the …


An explosion kills 11 people and injures at least 46 at a hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan.


A study suggests that the HIV prevalence rate in South Africa has leveled off at 10.9% and it could be falling in the under-19 age group.

Anglo Irish Bank

The chairman of Anglo Irish Bank discloses to the Oireachtas Committee on Finance and Public Service that some senior staff at the bank have impaired loans to the bank.

The chairman of Anglo Irish Bank has disclosed that some staff of the bank have impaired loans to the bank.

William J. Jefferson

The trial of William Jefferson, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, on charges of bribery and racketeering gets underway.

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group announce the closure of all Cheltenham & Gloucester branches in the UK and the loss of about 1,660 jobs.

Nick Griffin

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, is pelted with eggs by protestors and forced to abandon a press conference.

Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell is to pay out $15.5m (£9.7m) in a legal settlement over its alleged complicity in the 1995 execution of several Nigerian environmental activists, including author Ken Saro-Wiwa, in Nigeria in 1995.

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to a $15.5m payout to settle a lawsuit alleging complicity in murder, torture and other abuses by Nigeria's former military government.

Democratic Party

Two Democrats cross party lines and join Republicans to swing control of the Senate of the U.S. state of New York to the Republican Party.

Dáil Éireann

Dáil Éireann debates a motion of no confidence against the Government of Ireland as George Lee and Maureen O'Sullivan make their debuts in the 30th Dáil.

The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, has told the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party that he will meet individual TDs and Senators to discuss the outcome of the local and European elections.

Indians in Australia

Indians in Australia allege more attacks against them in Sydney.

Current outbreak

2009 swine flu outbreak: World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan believes "on the surface of it" that a pandemic has been reached. She also said that "once I get indisputable evidence, I will make the announcement," and will meet with governments on Wednesday regarding reports about the outbreak.

ConAgra Foods

Three workers are missing after an explosion at a ConAgra Foods plant in Garner, North Carolina, United States.


Romania's newly elected right-wing Greater Romania Party MEP George "Gigi" Becali is ordered by court not to leave the country.