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Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa is critically injured in a 160mph crash during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, when a suspension component from Rubens Barrichello's car hits him on his helmet.

A line of wildfires

Wildfires in France, Greece, Sardinia and Spain kill and injure dozens.

Fires which have raged across swathes of southern Europe are being brought under control, but authorities in the countries affected remain on high alert.


Voters go to the polls in Iraqi Kurdistan for legislative and presidential elections.

There was little doubt that the governing coalition would maintain its ironclad grip on the Kurdistan region.


Worldwide protests in 80 cities take place in support of Iranian protesters following the disputed presidential election.

Harry Patch

Harry Patch, the last surviving World War I veteran to have fought in the trenches, dies aged 111.