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Demonstrations that toppled his regime

Youths in Tunisia protest for several days over social (job market, purchase power, goods' price) and political grievances. Lawyers go on strike against police repression of protesters.

THOUSANDS OF lawyers went on strike in Tunisia yesterday to protest against police repression of a march in the town of Sidi …


Youths in Algeria riot for a second night in unrest over social and political grievances.

Fresh rioting breaks out in the Algerian capital and several other cities, after days of unrest over food price increases and unemployment.


Parents in China demand compensation after more than 200 children are poisoned by lead.

United Nations

The United Nations says thousands of people are arriving in Southern Sudan from north Sudan ahead of the independence referendum on Sunday.

Labour Party

Former British Labour MP David Chaytor is sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for fraudulently claiming more than £20,000 in expenses.

Former Labour MP David Chaytor is jailed for 18 months for fraudulently claiming more than £20,000 in expenses.

Adrian Jacobs

A lawsuit by the estate of Adrian Jacobs against Scholastic, claiming that J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" plagiarised one of his own works, is dismissed by a court in the United States.

A US judge has dismissed legal action accusing Harry Potter author JK Rowling of copying the work of another author.

Christians in Iran

Dozens of Christians in Iran are arrested, after security forces forcibly entered their homes and verbally and physically abused them, in a crackdown on converts from Islam and evangelical groups, which an Iranian official who confirmed the arrests called an "enemy cultural invasion."


Chile recognises the State of Palestine.

Officials at Foreign Ministry fear 'domino effect' in South America; 'If Chile, Mexico follow Argentina, Brazil, it will prompt all other Latin American countries to join, because they won't want to stay on sidelines,' says diplomat

Laurent Gbagbo

Laurent Gbagbo expels the ambassadors for Canada and the United Kingdom from Côte d'Ivoire. Both nations reject the decision, recognizing Alassane Ouattara as the rightful President.


Ghana says a threat of force by the Economic Community of West African States to remove Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo would "not bring about peace" in the country.

A plan by West African leaders for a military intervention in Ivory Coast’s political conflict is not likely to bring peace to the country, said John Atta Mills, president of neighboring Ghana.

French President

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Carla Bruni begin an official trip to the overseas departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Supreme Judicial Court

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upholds a lower court ruling that halted the efforts of two large banks to foreclose in cases in which they failed to prove they were holding the mortgages in question.

The ruling voided two foreclosures, putting the nation’s banks on notice that foreclosures cannot be based on improper or incomplete paperwork.

Israel Defense Forces

Israeli troops round up five men and kill a 67-year-old Palestinian man during an operation into the West Bank, aiming at arresting members of Hamas.

IDF raided Hebron to re-arrest Hamas members, including senior member who assisted man who planned 2008 suicide bombing in Dimona.

South Korea

South Korea lowers its surveillance alert level against North Korea.

West Bengal

Six people are killed and 20 injured in political violence in West Bengal, India.


Eight people are killed and three injured following an armed attack on a bus traveling between Catacamas and Juticalpa in eastern Honduras.


Seven people are killed in Jos and at least two people are killed at a rally in Bayelsa State.

At least 20 killed in violence that erupts after news spreads of Muslims killed by Christian youths in city of Jos.

Suicide bombing

A suicide bomber kills 17 people and wounds at least 20 others in a public bathhouse in Kandahar province, Afghanistan; the Taliban claims responsibility for the attack.