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King Abdullah II

King Abdullah II of Jordan commissions the Prime Minister Samir Rifai to form a new government following recent elections.

Jordan’s King Abdullah asked Prime Minister Samir Rifai to form a new cabinet following the resignation of the government, the state news agency Petra said.

Burma

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is reunited with her son for the first time in a decade.

The Irish financial crisis

A candidate in Thursday's by-election withdraws calling it a complete farce with a general election now due to occur in January. Some islands voted in the by-election yesterday.

Independent candidate Ann Sweeney has withdrawn from the Donegal South West by-election.

The Irish financial crisis

The opposition Labour Party grants its leader Eamon Gilmore "a free hand to take any initiative he deems appropriate over the coming days".

A special meeting of the Labour Parliamentary Party has agreed to give leader Eamon Gilmore 'a free hand to taken any initiative he deems appropriate over the coming days'.

The Irish financial crisis

Morgan C Jones, actor and satirist from Dublin, announces a "you're fired" protest against the government for Dáil Éireann on Thursday.

A Dublin-based actor and satirist vowed to push ahead with a ‘silent protest’ outside Leinster House on Thursday, hours after…

The Irish financial crisis

One of Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey's many offices is targeted with graffiti.

Gardaí are investigating an attack on the Minster for Transport Noel Dempsey’s constituency office in Trim, Co Meath last night…

The Irish financial crisis

Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach, claims in Dáil Éireann that he is "not clinging to power".

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has rejected Fine Gael's accusations that he is engaged in an ongoing attempt to cling on to power.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh sentences a further 23 soldiers from the Bangladesh Rifles to imprisonment over a mutiny in February 2009.

India

India forms two new military divisions, comprising more than 36,000 men, to be deployed in Arunachal Pradesh near the border with China.

India forms two new army divisions - comprising more than 36,000 men - to defend the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Gambia

The Gambia severs diplomatic and economic relations with Iran and orders Iranian government representatives to leave within 48 hours. The Gambia has given no reason for the move.

The Gambia orders all Iranian government representatives to leave within 48 hours, giving no reason for breaking diplomatic ties.

Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid is sent to jail while the maid is hospitalised, in a case that has caused tensions between the two countries.

Suriname

At least seven bodies are recovered following a mine collapse in Suriname.

Cambodia

Cambodia declares a day of mourning for at least 378 people killed in a stampede in the capital Phnom Penh.

Families in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh search morgues and hospitals for relatives after a stampede left hundreds dead or injured.

United States federal court

A United States federal court jury decides that SAP AG must pay Oracle Corporation $1.3 billion for copyright infringement, the largest ever damages payment for copyright infringement.

Oracle Corp. won a $1.3 billion jury verdict against rival SAP AG, the world’s largest maker of business application software, for copyright infringement by a now-defunct software maintenance unit.

Qantas Airways

Qantas announces that its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos will start returning to service on Saturday.

Shares in Qantas have recovered after the airline said its fleet of A380 superjumbos will start returning to service by the end of this week.

Clarence House

Clarence House confirms that Prince William and Catherine Middleton are to be married at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April 2011.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on Friday 29 April at Westminster Abbey, Clarence House says.

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claims responsibility for the destruction of an oil pipeline feeding a refinery in the Niger Delta.

North Korea

North Korea shells Yeonpyeong island, South Korea at 14:34 local time in response to South Korean shelling close to the North Korean border during military drills. The North's shelling kills two marines and prompts a military response by the South in one of the most serious clashes since the 1953 armistice of the Korean War.

North and South Korea fire artillery shells across their tense western sea border, in one of the most serious clashes since the Korean War in the 1950s.