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A suicide bomber in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in western Anbar province kills several people.

At least 17 people killed after attack on government building in the western Iraqi province.

A large storm hits the Eastern Mediterranean region, resulting in deaths in several countries.

Deaths as rain, snow and high winds lash Eastern Mediterranean, bringing months of drought to a dramatic end.

A heavy blizzard in the midwestern US states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan dropping about three feet of snow results in two deaths, road closures, flight cancellations and the inflatable roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsing.

Newly released cables from Australian intelligence show the intelligence assessment that charges of sodomy laid against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim are due to a "set up job" that he "walked into". Others refer to Malaysia as a "confused and dangerous" state, Thai politicians as corrupt and Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as "very erratic and easily subject to influence", and Japan as a "big fat loser".

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy charges are the result of a 'set up job' that the politician 'walked into', according to intelligence.

Julian Assange's lawyer says American spying charges against her client are "imminent" despite seeming to have committed no crime in the country. She also reports that he is detained in solitary confinement with restricted access to lawyers.

America is all set to being spying charges against Julian Assange , founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks that published over 250,000 US secret diplomatic cables, according to his lawyer.

Incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo accuses foreign envoys of seeking to turn the military against him.

Hundreds of people participate in two separate rallies in Moscow, Russia, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and protesting constitutional abuses, and the second demanding greater rights for ethnic Russians.

A parliamentary election takes place in Kosovo, with exit polls indicating that Prime Minister Hashim Thai has won the vote.

One person is killed in clashes between demonstrating garment workers demanding higher pay, and police in Bangladesh.

At least three people are dead and dozens more injured in Bangladesh after protesting garment workers clashed with police.

Keith Brown is appointed as Scottish Transport Minister following yesterday's resignation of Stewart Stevenson.

Thousands of people protest in Cairo over the outcome of the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections.

Opposition members and supporters demonstrated in Cairo after Egypt's ruling party won more than 95 per cent of seats in the country's parliament.