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A suicide bomber kills at least 50 people and injures around 90 in a mosque near Darra Adam Khel region, 30 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

At least five people are killed after two clans clash in Sindh's Khanur Mahar region of Pakistan.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the cargo plane bomb plot of October 29, 2010 and a September UPS plane crash in Dubai.

In the United Kingdom, members of the National Union of Journalists at the BBC begin a 48 hour strike in a dispute over proposed changes to the Corporation's pension scheme. BBC News operates a reduced service.

Members of the National Union of Journalists working for BBC News take industrial action in a dispute over proposed changes to staff pensions.

MSNBC suspends U.S. television pundit Keith Olbermann indefinitely for making political donations to three Democratic Party candidates.

"Ready Steady Cook", thought to be the longest running cookery show currently on television, is axed by the BBC.

A final funding deal for the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft has been agreed to by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey.

The 20bn euro project to build the A400M transport plane is saved as seven nations agree to buy 170 aircraft.

Thomas Hoenig, a member of the Federal Reserve Board, gives some indication of the split within that body in a speech to the National Association of Realtors. Though the Fed announced a new round of quantitative easing on Wednesday, Hoenig said that the Fed risks inflation and another boom-bust.

The death toll from the Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia rises to 122 as at least 78 bodies were removed from homes and streets blanketed by ash up to 30-centimeters deep.

An Aero Caribbean passenger plane crashes in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spritus, killing all 68 on board.

A Cuban passenger plane crashes in the centre of the country killing all 68 people on board, including 28 foreigners, officials say.

A small plane carrying 21 people crashes near Karachi Airport in Pakistan.

At least 21 people, including some foreign nationals, were feared killed when a small aircraft belonging to a private charter service crashed soon after take-off from the airport in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi.

12 people are dead after a 41-vehicle traffic accident on an expressway in East China's Jiangxi province.

At least one person dies in Haiti from flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas, adding to the fourteen people who died in Saint Lucia.

A concrete mixer lorry falls on a train near Oxshott, England.

Several people are injured after a concrete mixer lorry falls from a bridge and lands on a train on the track directly below.

Georgian police arrest 13 people allegedly belonging to a Russian spy network.

Georgian authorities said on Friday that four Russians and nine Georgians have been arrested for involvement in a Russian spy network. Media reports quoted Russian foreign...

The Chinese embassy in Oslo implicitly warns foreign diplomats not to attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Liu Xiaobo.

China warns that there will be "consequences" if governments show support for jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Greece resumes shipping mail and packages overseas following a 48-hour suspension imposed following a spate of parcel bombs sent to embassies in Athens and to European Union leaders.

Greece resumed the shipment of all mail and packages abroad after midnight on Friday, following a suspension it imposed in the wake of a spate of parcel bombs sent to embassies in Athens and to European governments.

The Government of Norway demands an explanation from the US Government on reports that the US embassy in Oslo conducted illegal surveillance on Norwegian citizens for more than ten years.

A Peruvian judge orders that United States born militant Lori Berenson be released from prison in Lima.

Mexican drug cartel leader Ezequiel Cardenas Guilln is shot dead by Mexican security forces in Matamoros following a gun fight of several hours.

Violent protests occur in Oakland, California following Johannes Mehserle receiving two years jail for the shooting of Oscar Grant on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system with Oakland police chief Anthony Batts expecting to make 150 arrests.

Protesters clashed with the police on Friday night after a white former transit police officer was given a two-year sentence for the killing an unarmed black man.

Protests against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Spain take place.

A specially convened Election court in the United Kingdom orders a re-run of the 2010 general election campaign in Oldham East and Saddleworth, the constituency of ex-immigration minster Phil Woolas, after he is found guilty of making false statements against an opponent during the original campaign.

Shadow immigration minister Phil Woolas vows to fight a decision to declare his 2010 election victory void.

Nigel Farage is re-elected as the leader of the UK Independence Party.

Nigel Farage is re-elected as leader of the UK Independence Party, replacing Lord Pearson in the post he previously held between 2006 and 2009.

A protest by French anti-nuclear organisation GANVA blocks a train carrying nuclear waste near Caen in northwestern France.

The President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete is reelected to a second term despite allegations of vote-rigging.

Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete has won a second term in office, despite allegations of vote rigging.