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World Health Organization

A World Health Organization study estimates that 600,000 deaths a year are attributable to second hand smoking.

Around one in a hundred deaths worldwide is due to passive smoking, which kills an estimated 600,000 people a year, World Health Organization (WHO) researchers said on Friday.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom experiences its earliest widespread snowfall for 17 years, with large parts of Scotland and north east England particularly affected.

The Met Office issues warnings of heavy snow and icy roads as the earliest widespread wintry conditions for 17 years grip much of the UK.

United States Government

The United States Government sets aside an area in Alaska twice the size of the United Kingdom as a "critical habitat" for polar bears.

The US government designates a huge area in Alaska as a 'critical habitat' for polar bears, raising the hopes of environmentalists.


Tongans go to the polls in the first general election in the nation's history in which the majority of parliament will be popularly elected.


156 people are detained in Egypt following clashes between police and Copts after authorities blocked construction of a church.

European Commission

The European Commission passes a ban on the use of bisphenol A in baby bottles.

The European Commission is to ban the chemical bisphenol A from plastic baby bottles - but one expert calls it an "overreaction".


Brazilian police begin an operation in a shanty town in Rio de Janeiro to end a surge of violence; at least 30 people have been killed in recent days.

Brazilian police say they have regained control of the Vila Cruzeiro shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, as part of operations to tackle a wave of gang violence.


Israel demolishes several buildings in the West Bank, including one Palestinians say was a mosque; Israeli officials said the structures were temporary and built without Israeli issued permits in a military fire zone.

Palestinians say troops have demolished mosques and several other structures in two areas in the occupied territory.


A court in Nigeria charges an Iranian man over an illegal weapons shipment discovered in Lagos.

An Iranian man is charged with arms trafficking in a Nigerian court, in connection with an arms shipment intercepted at a port last month.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

The heads of government of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meet in Dushanbe for their annual summit.

Korean peninsula

The South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-Young resigns over the handling of the incident.

Korean peninsula

South Korea increases its military strength on the islands near the border since the shelling of Yeonpyeong on Tuesday.

Korean peninsula

North Korea warns that it will launch further attacks on South Korea if it continues "reckless military provocation".

Mil Mi-8

Seven are killed and three injured in the rough landing of a Mi-8 helicopter in the Omsk region of Siberia, Russia.

Del Monte Foods

Del Monte Foods is purchased in a US$5 billion leveraged buyout led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.


At least one person is killed and more than 40 left wounded after hundreds of Christian protesters clash with riot police in Cairo, Egypt.

At least one person has been killed and more than 40 have been left wounded after hundreds of Christian protesters clashed with riot police in Egypt. The scuffles began after authorities halted the construction of a church in...