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An army robot encounters water and breaks down 550 metres into the Pike River Mine in New Zealand where 29 miners are missing, but drilling of a shaft continues to allow air sampling.

The Defence Force robot was the bright spot for West Coast residents waiting on the rescue of 29 trapped miners and news it broke down this morning was a kick in the guts, the - New Zealand Herald

All 29 Chinese miners trapped in the flooded Batian mine in Sichuan Province are rescued.

At least 339 people are killed at a stampede during Bon Om Thook (Khmer Water Festival) celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

At least 345 people die in a stampede on a bridge during festival celebrations in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen says.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-Young says the country may consider redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear weapons after the announcement of a new nuclear uranium enrichment plant by North Korea.

Israel's parliament passes a bill requiring a special parliamentary majority or a referendum before Israel could relinquish the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem for a peace deal.

Bill approved by vote of 65-33 now requires either Knesset super-majority or a national referendum in order to hand over any annexed territories.

Ten Somalis go on trial in Germany for attacking a German ship in the country's first pirate trial in 400 years.

Former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, goes on trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Chinese authorities begin a search for a batch of melamine-tainted products in Hubei.

A Washington D.C. jury convicts Ingmar Guandique of the murder of Chandra Levy.

CBC News leaks a suggestion that Hezbollah may have been responsible for the murder of Rafic Hariri.

UN special investigators have concluded that an eight-member hit squad backed by the militant Shia group Hezbollah was behind the spectacular assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri five years ago, CBC News has learned.

Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach, states that he will call an early election once the Oireachtas passes an emergency budget to tackle the financial crisis.

PROTEST: PROTESTERS AGAINST the Government’s handling of the economic crisis yesterday forced their way into the grounds of …

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar is chosen to challenge incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for the ruling People's Democratic Party nomination in next year's presidential election.

Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, will compete against Goodluck Jonathan, the president, for ruling PDP nomination.

The Burmese embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, grants Aung San Suu Kyi's younger son Kim Aris a visa to see her.

Yangon, Nov 22 (DPA) The second son of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been granted a visa to meet his mother, whom he last visited 10 years ago...

Minoru Yanagida resigns as the Japanese Minister of Justice for joking about how easy his job was.