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General Motors

Automaker General Motors emerges from bankruptcy protection after 40 days under court supervision.


A Paris court convicts four men and a girl in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi, sentencing the ringleader to life in prison.


Detained Nigerian leader for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta Henry Okah accepts an amnesty by government.

To this end, President Umaru Yar’Adua who was delighted by this development, has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Michael Aondaokaa to effect the immediately release of the MEND leader.


A senior Iranian cleric calls for changes to the election laws in the country to prevent further post-election unrest in the future.

Running of the Bulls

One person is killed by a bull, (the third fatality since 1980), during the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.


More than 400,000 people are evacuated following an earthquake in Yunnan, China.

National League for Democracy

The trial of National League for Democracy General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi resumes after a six week break.

Ethnic riots

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan strengthens his rhetoric: "These incidents in China are as if they are genocide. We ask the Chinese government not to remain a spectator to these incidents."