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Somali pirates hijack a Liberian ship 80 nautical miles east of the border between Tanzania and Mozambique, in their most southerly attack yet.

At least 15 people are killed and several dozen others sustain wounds during a suicide attack at a Shia hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Suicide attack at Shia hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province kills at least 15 and wounds several dozen.

Thai soldiers killed people at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok during demonstrations in May, leaked government documents demonstrate.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron criticises the "mob" which launched an attack upon the car of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as the couple were driven down Regent Street towards a Royal Variety performance in London last night. Protesters indicate the use of police brutality.

Inquiries launched into royal security and alleged beating of student a day after violence over university fee hike.

An English exam questioning Indian crackdown on demonstrations in the disputed region of Kashmir leads to police arresting a college lecturer.

An auction of Picasso paintings is postponed in Paris.

Traces of cocaine "likely" triggered the death of Gerry Ryan in April.

Traces of cocaine were the likely trigger that led to the death of Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan, an inquest in Dublin is told.

The United States "loses track" of 119,000 private planes, with uncertainty over who has access to them.

Aviation agency does not know who owns one-third of the aircraft in US, a gap it fears could be exploited by criminals.

A new archive of the genocide in Rwanda is unveiled in the capital Kigali.

Thousands of documents, photographs and audio-visual recordings relating to the 1994 genocide go on display in Rwanda.

A group of 26 ex-EU leaders has urged the union to impose sanctions on Israel for continuing to build settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

A group of 26 former EU leaders urges Brussels to impose sanctions on Israel for continuing to build settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

A ceremony is held in Norway to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo "in absentia".

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony where he was represented by an empty chair and he dedicated it from prison to the "lost souls" of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

United States diplomatic cables leak:

The British government has trained a paramilitary force accused of hundreds of killings in Bangladesh, according to leaked U.S. embassy cables.

For the first time since World War II, German troops are stationed in France.

Christine Assange, mother of the imprisoned WikiLeaks spokesperson Julian Assange, expresses her anger with the Australian government, especially Julia Gillard, on the Seven Network.

London, Dec 10 (DPA) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is being held in extradition custody in London, has been refused the use of his own laptop but...

Prosecutors in Italy open an investigation into allegations that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi bought MPs before important votes.

Prosecutors in Croatia issue an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader on suspected corruption charges. He is then arrested.

Ivo Sanader, wanted for corruption, has been arrested by Austrian police near Salzburgon on an international warrant.

Human rights campaigners object to a TV programme showing imprisoned Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani returning home.

Demonstrations in favour of the WikiLeaks website and its spokesperson Julian Assange are held across Australia. The Australian government is accused of opposing freedom of speech.

Hundreds protest against the arrest of Julian Assange and accuse the Australian government of opposing free speech.

The Congress of the Republic of Peru applauds the Peruvian 2010 Nobel Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.

As of today Taca Peru will depart from Lima every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:50 pm and depart from Arequipa the same days at 10:00 pm.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is to seek a second term, according to aide Arkady Dvorkovich.

A school in Dublin threatens to expel a student who led a protest march against education cuts outlined by the Irish government.

A Leaving Cert student who organised a protest march against budget cuts in education is facing expulsion from his Dublin school.