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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

A study done by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research concluded that reduced wintertime Arctic sea ice cover could create anomalies in wind patterns, resulting in overall cooler winters in continents across the northern hemisphere.

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U.S. Republican Party Senators adopt a ban on earmarking, or setting aside money in bills for specific purposes specified by legislators.

U.S. President

The President of the United States Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor, the highest United States military decoration to Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta at the White House.

A soldier from a small town in Iowa becomes the first living recipient of America's highest military decoration since the Vietnam War.

United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct

The United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct finds Charlie Rangel guilty of multiple violations of House of Representatives rules.


Taoiseach Brian Cowen addresses Dáil Éireann ahead of a meeting of EU finance ministers, saying Ireland has not applied for financial support from the European Union.

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has addressed his country's parliament ahead of a meeting with EU finance ministers to discuss a possible bailout.

Herman Van Rompuy

President Herman Van Rompuy predicts the possible collapse of the European Union but then says "I'm very confident we will overcome this".

The coalition

The UK Government is to pay millions of pounds in compensation to around a dozen British citizens who were held in detention overseas, including the camp at Guantanamo Bay, and who say British security services colluded in their torture.

About a dozen men, who accused UK security forces of colluding in their torture overseas, are to get millions of pounds in compensation.

United Kingdom

British author Alan Shadrake is jailed for six weeks in Singapore for contempt of court.


Thailand extradites suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States to face terrorism charges.

Thailand extradited on Tuesday suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States to face terrorism charges, ending a two-year wrangle between the former Cold War foes.

Villawood Immigration Detention Centre

Detainees at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney, Australia, go on a hunger strike following the suicide of an Iraqi detainee.


Nigeria reports Iran to the United Nations Security Council over the seizure of a shipment of weapons.

Foreign minister says it has reported Iran to UN Security Council for possible sanctions violation.


Authorities in Shanghai arrest four people for unlicensed welding following the 2010 Shanghai fire.

Collapse of an apartment building

The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in the Indian capital New Delhi rises to 66 with the search for victims continuing.

Worst epidemic of cholera

The death toll from the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak passes 1,000. At least one man is shot dead by United Nations peacekeepers after allegedly opening fire on the peacekeepers.

Health officials in Haiti say more than 1,000 people have died from cholera, as the outbreak spreads there.

ExxonMobil Corporation

ExxonMobil says a raid by Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, a militant Nigerian group, has eliminated 45,000 barrels a day of production of natural gas liquids and condensates.

* Attack shuts in 45,000 bpd condensate, NGL output * Exxon says 8 people missing after platform raid * MEND claims responsibility, threat


Facebook announces that it will launch a new messaging platform, providing an email address of ""

New York archbishop

New York archbishop Timothy Dolan is voted president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York will lead the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


UNESCO adds traditional dishes of France and Mexico to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at a committee meeting in Nairobi, the first time cuisine is added to the list.

UN cultural organisation Unesco adds France's traditional gastronomic meal to the world's intangible heritage list along with Mexican food and Colombian songs.

The Beatles

The Beatles release their back catalogue on iTunes.

'It has been a long and winding road to get here,' says Steve Jobs

Clarence House

Clarence House announces the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, to be married next year.

Prince William is to marry long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year after the couple became engaged in Kenya, Clarence House says.


Iran started a 5-day air defense drill, claimed by its government to be the biggest drill of its kind ever. The drills are held near its nuclear facilities.

Iran began what it said was its biggest ever air defense drill on Tuesday to test its ability to deter air strikes, which the United States and Israel have not ruled out to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

United States

A suspected US missile attack on insurgents in the village of Bangi Dar in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan kills at least 15.

Battambang Province

An anti-tank mine explodes under a truck in Battambang province of Cambodia, killing all 14 people aboard.