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Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab threaten more attacks in Burundi and Uganda in retaliation for their participation in an African Union peacekeeping operation in the country. Meanwhile, seven people are killed in fighting in the capital Mogadishu.

Police use batons, pepper spray, tear gas and water cannon to disrupt activists expressing concern about the safety of a temporary warehouse in Gorleben where nuclear waste is being transported via train from France to Germany. It is thought to be the largest such mobilisation ever.

Confrontation between protesters and riot police marks journey of train to storage site at Gorleben.

Kenyan policeman Peter Karanja kills 10 people, including two colleagues, in a shooting rampage in bars in Siakago, 90 miles northeast of Nairobi. Protesters outside the police station demand answers from police as to how this incident happened.

Police officer kills 10 people in shooting rampage near station outside Nairobi, sparking a mass protest in the town.

Israel police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at residents trying to halt demolition of an illegal mosque in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat.

Action in Arab town in Negev, following a court order, prompts protest call by Muslim residents.

Fourteen people are killed in United States drone attacks in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

At least three people die, including two members of Sons of Iraq due to a bomb planted at their checkpoint in central Iraq, and an imam was shot dead in Baghdad.

Queen Elizabeth II starts a Facebook page but one is not permitted to "poke" or "befriend" her.

The Queen is to join Facebook with a British Monarchy page offering latest news on the royals.

The 16th London Turkish Film Festival began Thursday evening with the world premier of Cagan Irmak's 'Prensesin Uykusu' at the Empire Leicester Square in London.

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Supporters of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei hold a party at his studio in Shanghai ahead of its scheduled demolition; he cannot attend as he is under house arrest.

Supporters of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei hold a party at his studio in Shanghai - an event he could not attend after being placed under house arrest.

Residents of Cap d'Agde, Europe's largest nudist colony, criticise foreign nudists and express unhappiness at "an explosion of libertarianism" they claim is turning the resort into the "European capital of debauchery" and an "open-air brothel".

Airlines cancel flights to Indonesia due to the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.

Qantas considers cancelling flights to Jakarta due to the risk posed by ash clouds from the eruption of Mount Merapi.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Iran has agreed to hold talks with the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany (G5+1) in Turkey.

Israel expels Riksdag member Mehmet Kaplan, a veteran of the Gaza flotilla raid, moments after his arrival, claiming he had "failed to follow procedure". Ex-Israeli artist Dror Feiler, who is also currently based in Sweden, is expelled with him.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrives in Qatar for talks with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Swedish police announce that a 38-year-old male had been brought into custody on suspicion of being involved in the 2009-10 Malmo shootings.

A man is arrested in the Swedish city of Malmo over a series of gun attacks over the past year.

Voters in Burma go to the polls for the Burmese general election, the first national election in twenty years, with widespread allegations of intimidation and fraud.

Allegations of fraud and voter intimidation are overshadowing Burma's first election in 20 years.

Police in Vietnam detain prominent government critic Cu Huy Ha Vu on charges of "propaganda against the state".

Greeks vote in local elections with the Prime Minister George Papandreou threatening to dissolve parliament if his party does not fare well. Early results show that the PASOK is doing well making an early election less likely.

Voters in Guinea finally go to the polls for the second round of voting in the presidential election.

Guineans cast their ballots in a vote that has been delayed multiple times following violent ethnic clashes.

Voters in Azerbaijan go to the polls for a parliamentary election with the opposition raising concerns over candidates being prevented from registering.

Azerbaijan elects a new parliament, with the ruling party set to retain power easily and the opposition alleging foul play.

Scores of candidates in the Afghan parliamentary election protest at the lack of any results from the election held on September 18 and call for a new election.