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Police discover a detonator, batteries and a ticking clock in Namibia's Windhoek Airport apparently due to be loaded on an aircraft bound for Munich, Germany.

A suspicious bag containing a detonator, batteries and a clock was found in a Namibian airport, possibly bound for Munich, German police say.

American actor, George Clooney, is awarded the 2010 Ripple of Hope award at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, in recognition of his humanitarian work in Darfur and Haiti.

Officials from the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union arrive in Dublin to discuss the Irish debt crisis with the Irish Government.

About 40 Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on Airbus A380 aircraft around the world will be replaced due to the engine failure on Qantas Flight 32 earlier this month.

Auto maker General Motors is listed again on the New York Stock Exchange in the biggest Initial public offering in United States history.

General Motors Co made a triumphant return to Wall Street less than a year and a half after the government rescued the automaker and forced a massive overhaul but its shares lost momentum after an early bounce.

Haiti police fire tear gas into a camp for internally displaced people in Port-au-Prince after riots over United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal allegedly bringing cholera into the country turn violent.

Police fire tear gas into a camp for displaced people as protests accusing UN troops of bringing cholera turn violent.

President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos declares a state of emergency in Colombia after ongoing floods and landslides kill at least 136 people and the flooding spreads to the capital, Bogot.

The Nobel Committee says the Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo may not be handed out this year as China will not allow anyone from his family to attend the event.

The presentation in Oslo next month will most likely be postponed because China is not allowing the dissident Liu Xiaobo or his family to attend.

A South Korean Government report finds that the Sunshine Policy to North Korea adopted by the former government had not resulted in changes to Pyongyang's behaviour.

At the Caspian Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticizes NATO for adopting policies based on "false information".

Nearly 200 prisoners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo escape from a jail in the northwest of the country.

An estimated 200 prisoners in DR Congo escape from a jail in the remote north-west during a hearing to reduce the backlog of defendants awaiting trial.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny who leads a criminal investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking a court order for his immediate arrest.

A Chinese woman is sentenced to a year in a labour camp after she posted on Twitter, on charges of "disrupting social order".

A woman in China is sentenced to a year in a labour camp after posting a message on the social networking website Twitter.

Australia deports Gabe Watson to face trial in the US state of Alabama for the alleged murder of his wife Tina.

Japanese police arrest Kiyoshi Takayama, the number two gangster in the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group in Kobe.

Egyptian authorities release blogger Kareem Amer who was imprisoned for four years for insulting Islam and defaming President Hosni Mubarak.

Prominent Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman is released from jail after four years.

The United States House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct recommends that the United States House of Representatives censure Rep. Charlie Rangel D-NY for ethics violations and be required to make restitution for any unpaid taxes.

US health insurers gave over $86.2million to the Chamber of Commerce last year for the purpose of opposing the health-care overhaul.

The Leonid meteor shower was visible across much of the US early this morning.

China is to use own uranium resources to meet growing nuclear demand.

A fault discovered in Idaho could produce an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude.

Scientists at Idaho State University map out a new, active seismic fault in the US Rocky Mountains capable of unleashing a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

A planet, HIP 13044 b, which was formed in another galaxy has been discovered in the Helmi Stream.

Astronomers claim to have discovered the first planet originating from outside our own galaxy, the Milky Way.