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The Nigerian army arrests the leader of a militant gang and 51 others believed responsible for hostage-taking in the Niger Delta.

A three day mutiny in Madagascar ends after an army barracks occupied by rebel troops is stormed by the army.

Madagascan troops storm an army barracks and arrest an estimated 20 rebellious officers, ending a three-day mutiny, reports say.

Vladimir Arzumanyan from Armenia wins the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the entry "Mama".

The Vatican will issue guidelines for bishops, on how to combat sexual abuse within the church.

The Vatican says it is preparing guidelines on how to prevent clerical sex abuse, as the Pope holds a rare meeting with about 150 cardinals from around the world.

Nine people, including Russians and Ukrainians, die in a bus accident in Egypt.

Doctors without Borders criticizes the response to the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak as inadequate.

The response to the cholera outbreak in Haiti which has killed nearly 1,200 people is failing to meet the needs of the population, warns MSF.

All 12 people aboard an Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17 transport helicopter are found dead following a crash in Arunachal Pradesh near the Chinese border.

Twelve military personnel, including three officers, were killed when their Mi-17 helicopter crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday just after noon.

Pope Benedict XVI urges Pakistani authorities to release Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman facing a death sentence on a charge of blasphemy against Islam.

China's state-backed church appoints a bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming Iran's invitation for a visit next year by the United Nations' human rights chief, Navi Pillay

NATO nations agree to start handing over Afghanistan's security to the Afghanistan military and give local forces total control by 2014.

The United States Senate settles with a payment of $4.6 billion to black farmers and at least 300,000 Native Americans who objected to government discrimination and cheating in "Cobell v. Salazar".

The US Senate approves a $4.6bn (£2.9bn) payment to Native Americans and black farmers who complained of government discrimination.

Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to elevate 24 new cardinals at a ceremony.

The Vatican says it is preparing guidelines on how to prevent clerical sex abuse, as the Pope holds a rare meeting with about 150 cardinals from around the world.

Mahmoud Bahmani resigns as Governor of the Central Bank of Iran.