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SpaceShipTwo

Construction of a factory for the first fleet of commercial spaceships begins at the Mojave Air and Space Port in the United States.

Government

The Chinese government prevents the lawyer for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo from going to London to speak at a conference organised by the International Bar Association.

David Cameron's visit to China has been overshadowed by human rights concerns after Chinese security forces barred the lawyer of Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace prize winner, from leaving the country.

Union Solidarity and Development Party

The Union Solidarity and Development Party is predicting a sweeping victory in the Burmese general election which overseas observers have called a sham.

Hamas

Hamas bans Fatah supporters from holding a rally in the Gaza Strip as representatives of the two parties prepare to meet in Syria to discuss ways of resolving the conflict between them.

The decision comes as representatives of the Fatah and Hamas prepare to meet in Syria to discuss ways of solving the dispute between them.

Jordan

Jordanians go the polls for their parliamentary election but the opposition Islamic Action Front boycotts.

Jordanians vote in parliamentary elections that have been boycotted by the strongest opposition party, the Islamic Action Front.

Claims Conference

Seventeen people including six employees of the Claims Conference in the United States have been charged with theft of $42 million from Holocaust compensation funds provided by the Government of Germany.

Seventeen people are charged in the US with stealing $42m of Holocaust compensation funds provided by the German government.

Taiwan

A new law in Taiwan allows women to breastfeed in public and imposes fines on those trying to stop them.

Riot

A riot in the Pedrinhas prison in north-eastern Brazil results in eighteen prisoner deaths and a guard being wounded.

Eighteen inmates were killed and a prison guard shot and wounded during a prison riot in north-eastern Brazil that ended on Tuesday, officials said.

Russia

A second Russian journalist is attacked in Moscow. Motivation is unclear but both had written about trees being felled to make way for motorways.

South China

A man surrendered to police and confessed to killing five and wounding one in two separate attacks in South China's Hainan province.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

In the first public sign that the sentence of death by stoning passed on Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is causing divisions within the regime, Alef, a conservative newspaper in Iran, challenges the handling of the case.

Churches

Secret documents are released showing churches and civilians upon the enemies list of Indonesian special forces Kopassus. The U.S. government had just removed a twelve-year funding ban on the group this summer.

Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron begins an official visit to the People's Republic of China. China, UK seek closer ties as economic dialogue opens in Beijing.

David Cameron raises the issue of human rights in talks with China, during what he called a "vitally important" trade mission to the country.

United Nations

A United Nations report suggests North Korea has supplied Burma, Iran and Syria with nuclear technology, in violation of United Nations sanctions. China had previously blocked the report from reaching the UN Security Council.

After months in limbo due to Chinese objections, a U.N. report suggesting North Korea may have supplied Syria, Iran and Myanmar with banned nuclear technology is heading to the Security Council.

European Commission

The European Commission finds that Qantas, British Airways, Air France, Japan Airlines and seven other carriers fixed the price of air cargo between 1999 and 2006 and fines each airline involved millions of euros.

Qantas has been fined $12 million for its part in running an international air cargo cartel.

Dublin

In Dublin, dozens of complaints are made about the "heavy-handed" tactics of "excessive force" deployed by gardai following last week's nationwide student demonstration against a government-proposed fee increase, the largest such demonstration in a generation.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has received 28 complaints about the behaviour of gardaí at a student demonstration in…

British military personnel

Three members of the British Armed Forces are being investigated by military lawyers over alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees.

Three British soldiers are being investigated by military lawyers over the alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees, the High Court is told.

Burma

About 20,000 people flee Burma to escape fighting between the Burmese military and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army in Karen State after the recent general election.

Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric affiliated with al-Queda, tells Muslims in a new video posting that they are free to kill American at will, in retaliation for the killing of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Western Sahara

The death toll from clashes at a camp in Western Sahara between Sahrawi protesters and Moroccan police rises to eleven.

Explosion

A bomb explosion kills Ali Abadi, governor of Shwak district in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia.