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Prime Minister of Lebanon

Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Amin al-Hafez dies at age 83.

United States

U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for United States Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor begin.


An explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills a police chief and injures four others. The Taliban are the suspected culprits of the attack.

The police chief of a district south of Kabul that the Americans had sought to make a Taliban-free model of safety and security was killed in a roadside blast.

John Demjanjuk

John Demjanjuk is charged with 27,900 counts of accessory to murder in World War II at a court in Germany.


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev makes his first visit to South Ossetia.

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claims an attack on a oil depot in Lagos, Nigeria.

By Emma Amaize LAGOS - MOVEMENT for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) yesterday switched its ongoing offensive, codenamed Hurricane Moses outside the Niger-Delta region, setting ablaze the Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos state. The group’s spokesman, Jomo Gbomo who confirmed the unparalleled attack in an online statement on Sunday said, “The depot a...


Ürümqi police shoot dead two armed suspects and injure another, all being from the Uyghur ethnic group.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom halts some arms sales to Israel following the Gaza conflict.


Greek police use bulldozers to completely clear a sprawling migrant camp that had been in place in the port town of Patras for over a decade.

Mian Channu

At least 16 people have died, including eight children, in the city of Mian Channu, Pakistan, after a bomb blast in a school.


Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria sign an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline.

Henry Okah

Henry Okah, a guerrilla leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, is released from detainment after accepting an amnesty offered by the Nigerian government.


Burma announces it will release an unspecified number of political prisoners to allow them to take part in the 2010 general election.

Desertec project

Twelve European companies launch the €400 billion Desertec project to build solar thermal power stations in North Africa.