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Ivor Powell

Ivor Powell, the world's oldest football coach and "one of the great footballers of his generation" retires at the age of 93.

South Africa

South African opera star Siphiwo Ntshebe, chosen by Nelson Mandela to sing "Hope" at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup next month, dies suddenly aged 34 after contracting meningitis.

A South African opera star chosen by Nelson Mandela to sing at the opening of the World Cup has died from meningitis, his record company says.

Charlotte Lindström

Swedish model Charlotte Lindström is released from Long Bay Prison in Sydney after serving a three year sentence for plotting to kill two people; she served the time in total isolation because of death threats towards her.

Bono

Bono is released from hospital in Munich following his spinal surgery as U2 confirm the postponement of the North America leg of the U2 360° Tour and cancel their headlining slot at the Glastonbury Festival 2010.

U2 frontman Bono left hospital in Germany today after undergoing emergency surgery on his back, but the injury has forced the…

Pac-Man

A study indicates that the Pac-Man game Google put on its home page Friday led to the loss of almost five million man-hours (or 550 years) of work time.

Russia

Russia's new Cyrillic Internet domain (.рф) launches on 476 sites.

Sicily

Sicilians react with outrage to an advert for a clothing shop in Palermo featuring Adolf Hitler dressed in pink and a heart instead of a swastika.

A clothing advert showing Adolf Hitler dressed in pink causes outrage in Sicily.

Italy

Italy's cabinet approves an austerity budget to cut its deficit by €24 billion in 2011 and 2012.

Italy becomes the latest European country to announce tough austerity measures in an effort to reduce its deficit.

Pakistan's Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismisses a government appeal to detain Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a Muslim cleric suspected by India to have masterminded the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Malaysia

The Malaysian tanker MT Bunga Kelana 3 and a bulk carrier collide in the Singapore Strait, resulting in an estimated 2,000 tonnes of oil spilled.

Iran

Iran releases film director Jafar Panahi after more than two months in custody, including a hunger strike, following an international campaign led by the actress Juliette Binoche.

Acclaimed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi has been released from detention in a Tehran prison, reports say.

Dahlonega, Georgia

A white teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia is suspended after permitting non-black students to bring bed sheets and cone-shaped party hats to school to dress in the traditional costume of right-wing white supremacist nationalist organisation Ku Klux Klan for a film project. She refuses to apologise after the issue is raised by African-American students when one of them was asked to take part in a re-enactment of a lynching.

A US teacher is suspended from duty after allowing pupils to don Ku Klux Klan robes for a class project, prompting a row.

Antalya

At least 17 people die after a tourist bus crashes in Antalya.

Sixteen people are killed when a coach carrying Russian tourists crashes off a bridge in southern Turkey, officials say.

Thailand

A court in Thailand issues an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of terrorism, following a report by the Thai Department of Special Investigations, which concluded that he had financed Red Shirt protesters and had helped them smuggle in weapons and fighters from Cambodia, during the 2010 political crisis.

South Korea

Increased tensions over the sinking of the South Korean warship ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772): South Korea begins broadcasting propaganda over its border with North Korea. North Korea severs all ties and communications with the South and expels Southern workers from a jointly-run factory above the border.

North Korea is to sever all ties with its southern neighbour, as tensions escalate over the sinking of a South Korean ship.

Brazil

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva launches TV Brasil Internacional, an international television station currently broadcasting to African nations.

Brazil launches an international Portuguese-language TV station based in Africa.

Republic of Ireland

An international operation against a major drug trafficking gang deals "a major blow" as 26 people are arrested in Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom, including a capo di tutti capi.

An international operation against a major drug trafficking gang has led to the arrests of 34 people in Spain, the UK and Ireland.

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The Oder's water levels rise in eastern Germany as flood warnings are issued in Ratzdorf and Eisenhüttenstadt.

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A Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations plane with humanitarian aid for Poland begins its flight to Warsaw.

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Polish Minister of the Interior, Jerzy Miller, says beavers caused the floods; local authorities up hunting quotas for the animals.

Beavers are partly to blame for the devastating floods that have swept Poland killing 15 people because the animals tunnel through vital defences protecting the cities, the interior minister has said.

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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announces 2 billion złoty from budget reserves to be given to those affected.

Poland has earmarked 2 billion zlotys ($590 million) from budget reserves to help victims of floods that have burst riverbanks and submerged homes, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

Warsaw

Warsaw residents prepare to flee floodwaters as the Vistula river overflows.

Recent violence

The death toll from the fighting in Kingston, Jamaica's capital, jumps to 27.

At least 27 people, mostly civilians, die in gun battles in Jamaica, as the hunt continues for a suspected drug lord.

Nepal

Curfew imposed in central Nepal after clash. Central Nepal district Dolakha’s government issued curfew order on Sunday following clashes between the police and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-aligned Young Communist League (YCL) activists.