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Head of the CIA Leon Panetta accuses former United States Vice President Dick Cheney of hiding an intelligence program from Congress.


Kidnapped Italian Red Cross volunteer Eugenio Vagni is freed by Abu Sayyaf.

Democratic Party

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan wins the most seats in the Tokyo prefectural election.

Japan's main opposition party won the most seats in the Tokyo metropolitan election on Sunday, increasing pressure on Taro Aso, the prime minister, before a general election which must happen within three months.


A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Puno Region in southern Peru with epicenter near Juliaca.


Five people are killed and several injured in India after a bridge being constructed for the Delhi Metro collapses.

Middle East

Countries in the Middle East take precautionary measures to control the spread of H1N1 during and after the Hajj, where several million Muslims from all over the world will arrive in Mecca for the annual pilgrimage in late November.

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Jiechi Yang

Chinese Foreign Minister Jiechi Yang says tranquility can be restored in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and the perpetrators will be brought into court without any ethnical discrimination, in a 1 hour 15 minute phone conversation regarding the recent incidents with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu.