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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach, claims in Dil ireann 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.

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

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