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The bodies of two civilians killed in the attack are discovered on Yeonpyeong.

The bodies of two civilians are found on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, shelled during the attack by North Korea.

Debut novellist Amy Sackville wins the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for her novel "The Still Point".

Workers in Portugal hold a general strike to protest against proposed cuts to wages.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits Moscow and meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Chinese companies sign deals worth over $8.6 billion with Russian counterparts.

Don Chu, an executive of a hedge fund networking fund Primary Global Research, is arrested on insider trading charges in the United States.

An executive of a California research firm was arrested on Wednesday on securities fraud and conspiracy charges after U.S. prosecutors accused him of arranging for inside information to be leaked to hedge funds, the latest development in an investigation of the industry.

Ireland unveils a 15 billion euro austerity package to secure a bailout from the financial crisis.

Ireland unveiled a 15-billion-euro austerity package Wednesday required to unlock an international bailout, slashing public sector pay and pensions but refusing to raise corporation tax.

American corporations posted record profits of $1.67trillion for last quarter, amidst high unemployment rates.

29 miners in a New Zealand mine are confirmed dead after a second explosion, following a first explosion on November 19 which trapped them.

An Australian Government report on the Montara oil spill blames it on oil rig operator PTTEP.

The United Nations and Pan American Health Organization estimate that the number of cases in the 2010 Haiti cholera outbreak could reach more than 200,000 in the next three months.

The cholera epidemic in Haiti is spreading much faster than predicted, the UN says, and could cause 200,000 cases in the next three months.

Former United States House of Representatives Majority Leader and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Tom DeLay is convicted of money laundering and conspiracy in relation to Republican fundraising for the 2002 Texas state elections.

A Texas jury on Wednesday found former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, dubbed "The Hammer" for his hard-driving style, guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.

Brazilian police shoot dead at least thirteen people in Rio de Janeiro following a wave of violence by suspected drug traffickers.

Brazilian police have shot dead at least 13 more people in Rio de Janeiro as they try stop a wave of violence by suspected drug traffickers.

One protester is killed during clashes between riot police and Egyptian copts after permission was refused for a new church.

A young male demonstrator was shot and killed Wednesday and dozens more injured as more than 200 Orthodox Coptic Christian protesters clashed with Egyptian police. The vi...

Blaise Compaor is re-elected as President of Burkina Faso following a presidential election with 81% of the vote.

Protests occur in Kabul follow the announcement of most of the results of the Afghan parliamentary election.

Afghan officials announced most of the long-delayed results from a September parliamentary election on Wednesday, but more disqualifications and protests and the emergence of a potential new opposition bloc clouded the poll.

UK Independence Party MEP Godfrey Bloom is expelled from the chamber of the European Parliament after calling German Socialist MEP Martin Schulz an "undemocratic fascist".

UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom is ordered out of the chamber of the European Parliament after he directed a Nazi slogan at a German socialist.

University students throughout England and Wales stage a day of demonstrations against increases in tuition fees and cuts to higher education funding.

Police disperse the final student demonstrators in central London, after a day of protests against higher tuition fees and university cuts.