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Three armed men are killed in a shootout in the Russian republic.

A suicide bomb explodes at a rebel Houthi procession in northern Yemen, killing several people.

A suicide attack on a Houthi rebel procession in northern Yemen kills at least two people and wounds 10 others.

United States country music singer Willie Nelson is charged with marijuana possession.

Irish financial crisis. Widespread speculation that senior bondholders of Irish banks will have to take a "haircut" -- i.e. share in the costs of an EU bailout -- leads to downgrades in the credit worthiness of the institutions that hads the most at stake in the ballooning property values of recent years.

Ireland's banks suffered a string of credit downgrades Friday—one reduced to junk-bond status —as speculation mounted that an EU-IMF bailout of Ireland could require senior bondholders to share the massive bill.

A third explosion within a week occurs at the Pike River Mine on the South Island of New Zealand, where 29 men are presumed dead.

There has been a third explosion at the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand, where 29 men are presumed dead underground.

North Korea issues warnings about a planned exercise by South Korea and the United States this weekend.

North Korea warns that US-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put peninsula on brink of war; S.Korean official says 20 blasts heard.

China warns the U.S. against performing any military acts within their exclusive economic zone, ahead of joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises aimed at threatening North Korea.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri visits Iran, seeking help to prevent violence if a U.N.-backed tribunal indicts Hezbollah members for killing former prime minister, Rafiq Hariri, and 21 others in a car bombing

A Rwandan court reschedules the trial date of the United Democratic Forces opposition party leader, Victoire Ingabire, for another 30 days for prosecutors to complete building their case against her.

Pakistani police arrest two Islamist militants planning a suicide bombing attack against a mosque and a government building in Islamabad.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrest 149 people with links to al-Qaeda suspected of planning attacks on government officials and journalists.

Authorities have arrested 124 Saudis and 25 foreigners, who were planning attacks on government and security officials.

Authorities find the largest cache of homemade explosives ever discovered in the United States, in two houses near Escondido, California.

Human Rights Watch criticizes the punishment of Israeli soldiers who forced a Palestinian child to open bags thought to be booby-trapped as inadequate and a sign that the "Israeli military justice system will not seriously sanction soldiers convicted for offenses that are war crimes".

A gunman opens fire at a Kuomintang political rally in Taiwan; prominent member Sean Lien is shot in the face.

A gunman opened fire on a campaign rally near Taipei yesterday, killing one man and critically wounding the son of a former vice-president on the eve of key local elections. A suspect is in custody and may belong to a gang.

Kim Kwan-jin becomes the new Minister for Defense in South Korea, replacing Kim Tae-Young who resigned following the shelling of Yeonpyeong.

Pearse Doherty of Sinn Fein wins a by-election for the Donegal South-West constituency in the Irish parliament reducing the majority of Fianna Fail and the Green Party to two.

Sinn Fein candidate Pearse Doherty is elected to the Irish parliament in the wake of the EU bail-out.

Police in the UK are seeking the power to take down websites they deem "criminal", with critics worried over the lack of judicial oversight.