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Royal Air Force

A Royal Air Force plane crashes in a rural area of Argyll, United Kingdom.


The first vaccine for H1N1 swine flu virus strain has been made by Novartis in Marburg, Germany.


Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano is elected Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

South Korea

The South Korean Defence Ministry says North Korea has fired four missiles off its east coast.

Section 377

A 148-year-old colonial law banning homosexual intercourse in India is overturned by the High Court in New Delhi.


The Honduran interim government defies international pressure to reverse the recent coup, saying there is no chance at all of ousted President Manuel Zelaya returning to office.

An interim government set up after a military coup in Honduras said on Thursday it would be open to bringing forward a November general election to resolve a crisis over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya.

The United States military

The United States armed forces launch Operation Strike of the Sword against the Taliban in Helmand, Afghanistan.

Amnesty International

A report by Amnesty International states that Israeli military activities and Palestinian militant rocket attacks during the Gaza War were war crimes.


Heavy thunderstorms in Dublin lead to widespread flooding and the closure of some of the city's major roads and rail lines, as well as some evacuations.

There is extensive flooding in parts of Co Mayo following several hours of torrential rain.