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Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn is reelected as Governor of Illinois after a close election.

Government of Cambodia

The Cambodian government opens a "protest park" in the capital Phnom Penh, amid criticism from rights groups.


More than fifty inmates at the Moorlands Young Offenders Institution in South Yorkshire, England, riot for the second successive night.


An ongoing denial-of-service cyber attack knocks Burma off the internet, days ahead of the general election.

Burma has been cut off by a huge data attack that swamped the nation's link to the wider internet, days before its first elections in 20 years.

Japanese police

Japanese police investigate the leak of classified anti-terrorism documents.

The Asahi Shimbun is widely regarded for its journalism as the most respected daily newspaper in Japan. The English version offers selected articles from the vernacular Asahi Shimbun, as well as extensive coverage of cool Japan,focusing on manga, travel and other timely news


Serbian President Boris Tadić apologises for the Vukovar massacre in 1991 on a visit to a mass grave in Croatia.

Boris Tadic apologises for a 1991 massacre in a symbolic step towards reconcilitation between the two nations.

UK Foreign Secretary

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that "the window is closing" on the possibility of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague warns that "the window is closing" on a Middle East peace deal and expresses frustration over a diplomatic row with Israel.

Qantas Flight 32

Qantas suspends all A380 flights while the explosion is investigated.

Qantas has grounded its Airbus A380s after a mid-air explosion forced an emergency landing in Singapore.

Qantas Flight 32

Qantas Flight 32 from Singapore to Sydney makes an emergency landing at Changi Airport after debris suspected to be from the aircraft is found on Batam Island in Indonesia.

Australia's Qantas grounds its Airbus A380 jets, and Singapore Airlines delays flights, after a Qantas superjumbo makes an emergency landing.


Ongoing flooding in northern Colombia kills at least 102 people.


At least sixteen people are dead and fifteen missing following mudslides in Costa Rica caused by heavy rains.


Indonesia evacuates thousands more people from their villages as Mount Merapi in central Java explodes again.

Thousands have been ordered to evacuate their villages around Mount Merapi as Indonesia's most active volcano erupts again.


Residents in Haiti and Jamaica are evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Tomas.

Vince Cable

United Kingdom - Business Secretary Vince Cable orders Ofcom to investigate News Corporation's plan to take full control of BSkyB.

Business Secretary Vince Cable orders Ofcom to investigate News Corporation's plan to take full control of BSkyB.

United States

A United States jury rules that Citigroup did not mislead Terra Firma Capital Partners in its bid for music group EMI.

A US jury rules that investment bank Citigroup did not trick private equity firm Terra Firma in its takeover of music group EMI.


Toyota recalls around 135,000 vehicles in Japan and Europe over a steering fault.

Stone axe

A piece of stone axe found at the Gabarnmung rock art gallery on the lands of the Jawoyn people in Australia's Northern Territory is dated at 35,500 years old making the oldest of its type in the world.

A piece of stone axe found in the Northern Territory has been dated at 35,500 years old, making it the oldest of its type in the world.

Drone aircraft

Thirteen militants are killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan, Pakistan.


Several Sudanese police are killed in a battle with rebel Justice and Equality Movement fighters in Darfur. The Sudanese government claims that the rebels sustained heavy casualties.

Rebels have killed several Sudanese policemen in a clash in the troubled western region of Darfur, the Khartoum government says.


Two men are charged with terrorism following parcel bomb attacks in Greece, as a 14 th bomb addressed to the French embassy in Athens is detonated by police.

Police in Athens destroy a letter bomb sent to the French embassy, the 14th suspect device found in Greece this week.

Comoros Islands

Somali pirates hijack a vessel under the flag of the Comoros Islands with 29 people on board off the coast of Tanzania.

United Nations

The United Nations says child soldiers continue to be recruited to fight and engage in piracy in Somalia.

Ethnic groups

Six armed ethnic groups in Burma join forces, fearing they will be attacked by the military government after the general election on Sunday.