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Roger Federer

Roger Federer is defeated by Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic at Wimbledon, so Federer will not contest the final for the first time since 2002, also his second Wimbledon loss during that time.

Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan suspends the Nigeria national football team from international competition for two years due to poor performances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Italy

The Italian government appeals to the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a ban on classroom crucifixes.

Special Court for Sierra Leone

The Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in The Hague, rules that model Naomi Campbell can be called to testify against former President of Liberia Charles Taylor in relation to her blood diamond.

A war crimes court rules that model Naomi Campbell can be called to testify against former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Lord Jay

Lord Jay, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ahead of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, tells the Iraq Inquiry he felt "very uncomfortable" about Tony Blair declaring war on Iraq without another "necessary" United Nations resolution.

A former top diplomat says he felt "very uncomfortable" about the UK going to war in Iraq without United Nations backing.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair is to receive a prestigious medal and $100,000 from the United States, presented by Bill Clinton, for his "steadfast" efforts in "the resolution of conflicts rooted in religion around the world".

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to receive a prestigious US medal and $100,000 (£67,000) prize for his work in conflict resolution.

Grozny

Several people are injured in an explosion in Grozny, Chechnya.

Powerful explosion hits Grozny but details on casualties remain unclear.

Israel

Israeli police arrest Hamas MP Mohammed Abu Teir for breaking a law by staying within the borders of the state of Israel after being ordered to leave Jerusalem.

Palestinian held after failing to comply with order to leave occupied Jerusalem.

Afghanistan

8 militants are killed in fighting at eastern Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport.

The Taliban attack a Nato base in east Afghanistan a day after the US commander, Gen Petraeus, warned of escalating violence.

Iraq

13 people are killed during attacks in Iraq: 4 people die in the town of Beiji.

Southwest China

Rescuers have recovered eight bodies from the ruins of a southwest China village, two days after a devastating rain-triggered landslide destroyed 37 houses and buried 99 villagers under mud. 91 residents of Dazhai Village, Guanling County, Guizhou Province, remained missing.

Republic of Ireland

Ireland officially exits recession.

Figures from the CSO show that the Irish economy technically emerged from recession in the first three months of this year.

Leviathan melvillei

The discovery of fossilized remains of "Leviathan melvillei", an extinct species of physeteroid whale, is announced in "Nature".

Egypt

An unfinished secret tomb is found in Egypt.

6.2-magnitude earthquake

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake occurs in southern Mexico near the city of Pinotepa Nacional, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City but not causing serious damage or casualties.

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Bangladesh

At least 30 people are injured by police while protesting the arrest of opposition party leaders in Bangladesh.

Dozens protesting arrest of opposition Islamic party leaders injured in clashes.

Australian Prime Minister

Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirms she does not support the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia,

It seems unlikely the Christian lobby will lay out the red carpet and the internet link for the latest prime minister, Julia Gillard.

Burundi

Two people are killed overnight in Burundi and two others wounded in violence that follows a controversial presidential election in which incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza was the only candidate.

Inauguration of Noynoy Aquino

Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will become the representative of the 2nd district of Pampanga.

Inauguration of Noynoy Aquino

Benigno Aquino III is sworn in as the 15th President of the Philippines and Jejomar Binay is sworn the 15th Vice President of the Philippines.

Sudan

Sudan releases its opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi after a month and a half.

Sudanese authorities release Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi after six weeks in detention, his secretary says.

Finland

Finland becomes the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.

Finland is now the first country in the world where every citizen is entitled to high-speed Internet connection, starting today.

Burundi

Burundi's opposition leader Agathon Rwasa goes into hiding after being threatened by the country's government.

Agathon Rwasa, a former rebel leader, said he had been threatened by the government.

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Nepal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, announces his resignation by a live television address.

Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal announces his resignation in a televised speech.

South Korea

South Korean actor ("Winter Sonata") and singer Park Yong-ha's mother finds him hanging by an electrical cord at his home in Seoul.

A popular South Korean actor and singer is found dead at his home in Seoul after an apparent suicide, police say.

United States

A man whom the United States considers to be the 11th member of a Russian spy ring goes missing in Cyprus.

The 11th member of alleged Russian spy ring in US fails to appear at police station.

Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for a boycott of Israeli goods or companies that do business with Israel, including a blacklist of international companies that are Jewish-owned or have branches in Israel; among the companies targeted are Nestlè, Coca Cola, Intel, and IBM.

Ahmadinejad signs law forbidding Iranian broadcast authority from airing advertisements for 'Zionist' companies. Black list include American companies owned by Jews and firms that do business with Israel. Nestle, IBM, others in crosshairs

Iran

Iran sentences two officials to death and nine others to fines and floggings for the deaths in custody of three protesters during the 2009-2010 Iranian election protests.

Two men are sentenced to death in Iran over the deaths of three anti-government protesters at Kahrizak jail, reports say.

Iran

Iranian woman Sakineh Mohamamadi e Ashtiani is convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz.

Woman’s lovers accused of murdering her husband.

Iran

A man claiming to be an Iranian nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, says he has escaped from United States agents whom he alleges were holding him illegally and calls for help from the Iranian government and human rights agencies.

A man claiming to be an Iranian nuclear scientist kidnapped by the US says he has escaped from custody, in a video shown on Iranian TV.

Africa

11 Algerian paramilitary police are killed by militants in an ambush in the Sahara.

Eleven paramilitary police are killed after an ambush by suspected Isamic militants in the Sahara desert, a security source says.

Africa

Guinea-Bissau's President Malam Bacai Sanhá takes a "sovereign decision" to inaugurate mutineering General Antonio Indjai as army chief, causing upset to the United States which decides not to support this.

Guinea-Bissau’s controversial army chief General Antonio Indjai has been inaugurated despite the international community shunning him away for overseeing a mutiny.

Africa

The Democratic Republic of the Congo marks 50 years of independence with celebrations attended by Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, the Belgian king and other world leaders, days after the funeral of Floribert Chebeya.

The Democratic Republic of Congo marks 50 years of independence Wednesday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Belgian king among a host of world leaders attending the celebrations.

India

Protests are held all across India and occupied Kashmir amid curfew restrictions for the past ten days. Ten adolescents are killed by the forces.

Obama administration

The Obama administration allows General Stanley A. McChrystal, until recently commander of the United States in its war in Afghanistan, to retire at a four star rank. Army rules state that he would have to serve for several more years to earn its additional retirement benefits, but the administration used its right to exempt him from these rules.

Crown Heights

On the night streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, United States, five people are shot in two separate incidents.

United States

The United States government is sued by 10 plaintiffs, including an American citizen, challenging the country's no-fly list.

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to sue the US authorities over the "no-fly" list, saying it stops innocent people from travelling.