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Otis

A group of 8 people were trapped for 8 hours in an Otis elevator in Toronto. A repair man who tried to fix the elevator fell 10 floors to his death.

A group of eight people were stuck in a sweltering elevator for about eight hours Wednesday, but their clausterphobic plight was minor in comparison to the tragedy that put them in that unenviable ...

FBI

FBI and IRS agents arrests 44 people, including five rabbis, two New Jersey state legislators, and three mayors in Operation Bid Rig.

The country

Canada's national rail service, Via Rail, cancels train service due to a strike by its engineer workers.

Afghan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, setting out his election manifesto, vows to make foreign troops sign a framework governing how they operate in a bid to limit civilians casualties.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, setting out his election manifesto, vowed on Friday to make foreign troops sign a framework governing how they operate in a bid to limit civilians casualties.

Gran Telescopio Canarias

The Gran Telescopio Canarias, the world's largest reflecting telescope, is inaugurated by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Aria Air

Aria Air Flight 1525 crashes in Mashhad, Iran, killing at least 17 people and injuring 19 of the 153 people on board.

Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is urged to dismiss his choice of Vice President, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.

Burma

The trial of Burmese National League for Democracy General Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi nears its end.

Prosecution given extra time to compile final arguments against Nobel prize winner.

A line of wildfires

Wildfires in the north east of Spain claim the lives of six firefighters in that region.

President of Indonesia

The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is declared as the winner of the Indonesian presidential election.

Bus crash

20 people are killed in a bus crash near Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith wins the Norwich North by-election, the first British constituency by-election since the United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal, and gains the Conservative Party a seat held by Labour for the past 12 years.

Croatia

At least six people die as a Croatian high-speed train travelling from Zagreb to Split derails 30km from its destination.

China

China produces a giant panda using frozen sperm.

SUMMER IS panda baby time, and the Chinese media is full of feel-good stories about the birth of cubs at various zoos and research…