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What happend on May 19th 2009

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Sri Lanka's rebel leader 'killed'

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 2:00
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead, Sri Lanka's military announces, prompting celebrations in the capital.
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Bill Clinton to be UN Haiti envoy

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 2:44
related countries: Haiti Haiti, United States United States

Bill Clinton is to be the new UN special envoy to Haiti, a spokesman for the former US president says.
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Demolition job

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 6:53
related countries: Spain Spain

How MEPs aim to smash Spanish property abuse
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One-way ticket

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 7:14
related countries: France France, Mali Mali

Mali resists French plans to speed up migrant expulsions
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Congress elects Singh as leader

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 8:15
related countries: India India

India's Congress party elects Manmohan Singh as its leader in parliament, setting the stage for his return as prime minister.
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Under-fire Speaker meets party leaders

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 8:18
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK parliament Speaker Michael Martin is to meet party leaders to discuss urgent MPs' expenses reform, as he faces calls to quit.
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Burma trial condemned

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 8:46
related countries: Burma Burma

South East Asian leaders express "grave concern" in their first official reaction to the closed trial of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi.
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MySpace bully sentencing delayed

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 8:51
related countries: United States United States

A US judge postpones the sentencing of a woman convicted in a landmark MySpace cyber-bullying case.
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Zuma minister pressed on Mercedes

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 8:54
related countries: South Africa South Africa

New South African Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele faces strong pressure to return a Mercedes Benz donated by contractors.
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Good friends

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 9:06
related countries: United States United States, China China

Brazil and China forge closer trade links
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Japan shuts schools over flu fears - but students prefer karaoke

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 9:31
related countries: Japan Japan

Japanese students whose schools have been closed over swine flu fears are flocking to karaoke parlours instead.
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Russia and US begin nuclear talks

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 9:46
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Moscow

Russia and the US hold the first of three days of talks in Moscow on a new treaty to cut their stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
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Guatemala murder scandal deepens

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 9:50
related countries: Guatemala Guatemala

Campaigners urge Guatemala's Congress to begin moves to try President Alvaro Colom amid a scandal sparked by a lawyer's murder.
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US seeks to rebuild Balkans ties

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 9:58
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States United States
related places: Kosovo

US Vice-President Joe Biden arrives in the Balkans for a three-day tour of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia and Kosovo.
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Egyptian president mourns grandson

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 10:26
related countries: Egypt Egypt

The 12-year-old grandchild of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has died after a short health crisis, the state media report.
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Aussies make Strauss Ashes target

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 10:49
related countries: Australia Australia

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting reveals he will target opposite number Andrew Strauss in this summer's Ashes series.
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Komodo dragons have venomous bite

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 11:44
related countries: Australia Australia

Researchers in Australia discover that the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, kills its prey by injecting poison.
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Ethiopia troops 'back in Somalia'

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 11:47
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia, Somalia Somalia

Ethiopian military forces have crossed back into Somalia, four months after leaving, witnesses tell the BBC.
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Fighting Massa eyes Monaco podium

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 11:47
related countries: Monaco Monaco

Felipe Massa believes Ferrari will finish in the top three at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix as they bid to recover from their worst start in 61 years of competition.
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Bill of health: Injured stork gets artificial beak

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 12:14
related countries: Hungary Hungary

A stork with a damaged beak receives a new, artificial one, thanks to experts at a bird hospital in Hungary.
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Deadly runaway rock in Freetown

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 12:18
related countries: Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
related places: Freetown

Two people are killed and many injured by a huge boulder rolling down the hilltops overlooking Sierra Leone's capital.
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Chinese couple's murderer convicted

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 12:27
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, China China

A restaurant worker is found guilty of the brutal murders of a young Chinese couple at their home in the UK.
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MI5 'too stretched' before 7 July

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 12:51
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British security services did not have the resources to carry out extra checks before the 2005 London bombings, a report says.
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Malawi votes in knife-edge poll

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 12:56
related countries: Malawi Malawi

Voting is brisk in Malawi's general election, with analysts suggesting the presidential race is too close to call.
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Last Tiananmen 'hooligan' freed

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 12:57
related countries: China China

China reportedly frees the last activist still jailed for 'hooliganism' relating to the Tiananmen democracy movement of 1989.
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Civilians die fleeing Swat fight

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 13:14
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Swat

At least 12 civilians are killed in an attack by Pakistani fighters in the Upper Dir region near Swat, officials say.
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Lithuania set for energy rethink

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 13:40
related countries: Lithuania Lithuania

Lithuania's President-elect, Dalia Grybauskaite, tells the BBC that opening up her country's energy sector will be a priority.
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India 'has 153 tainted new MPs'

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 13:42
related countries: India India
related places: At

At least 153 of the newly-elected MPs in India are charged in criminal cases, says a study by civil society groups.
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Workers 'exploited' on UAE island

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 14:10
related countries: United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
related places: Abu Dhabi

Thousands of migrants building an island development in Abu Dhabi face exploitation and abuse, a rights group says.
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Appeal to free Sri Lanka doctors

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 14:13
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

International rights groups are appealing for the release of three Sri Lankan doctors accused of giving false information to the media.
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Spanish general jailed over crash

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 14:32
related countries: Spain Spain

A Spanish court jails a general for three years for misidentifying 30 soldiers' bodies after a plane crash in 2003.
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Stunning 47-million-year-old fossil unveiled in the US

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 14:35
related countries: United States United States

A beautifully preserved 47-million-year-old fossil gives scientists new insights into the early evolution of primates.
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Cases of swine flu near 10,000

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 14:45
related countries: Japan Japan

Nearly 10,000 cases of swine flu are confirmed worldwide as Japan records a rapid climb in outbreaks of the virus.
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'Demolitions rising' in Jerusalem

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 14:57
related countries: Israel Israel

Home demolitions in Arab East Jerusalem appear to be on the rise under Jerusalem's new mayor, an Israeli rights group says.
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Sri Lanka leader hails 'victory'

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 15:09
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's president declares the country "liberated" from the Tamil Tigers, as TV pictures show the purported body of their leader.
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Burundian albino murders denied

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 15:46
related countries: Burundi Burundi

Eleven people accused of killing albino people go on trial in Burundi - understood to be the first such court case.
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In pictures

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 16:44
related countries: Yemen Yemen

Somalis survive hazardous crossing to reach Yemen
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US unveils Pakistan emergency aid

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 17:59
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

The US announces a $110m emergency aid package to assist those caught up in the fighting in Pakistan's north-west.
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Collision course?

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 18:23
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States

Differences may lead to friction in US-Israeli ties
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Pakistan denies nuclear expansion

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 19:33
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, United States United States

Pakistan denies a US allegation it is expanding its nuclear arsenal, amid fears of a local proliferation of nuclear weapons.
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Palestinian cabinet sworn in

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 20:21
related countries: West Bank West Bank

A Fatah-dominated Palestinian government is sworn-in in the West Bank, with independent Salam Fayyad as prime minister.
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Russia to set up panel to prevent 'falsification of history'

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 20:28
related countries: Russia Russia

President Medvedev of Russia orders the creation of a commission to prevent "falsifications" of Russian history.
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Oil prices dip on US housing data

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 20:44
related countries: United States United States

Oil prices have dipped from a six-month high above $60 a barrel after weak housing data was released.
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Israel: 'No need to finish' barrier

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 21:11
related countries: Israel Israel, West Bank West Bank

The head of Israel's security service says there is no security reason to continue building the barrier through the West Bank.
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Mafia suspects arrested in Italy

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 21:16
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Naples

Italian police arrest 68 suspected members of a breakaway faction of the Naples-based mafia known as the Camorra.
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UK parliament Speaker to quit

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 22:13
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Michael Martin becomes the first House of Commons Speaker to be forced out in 300 years, over his handling of an expenses scandal.
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Senate to reject Guantanamo plan

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 22:54
related countries: United States United States
related places: White House

The US Senate is to reject a call for $80m from the White House to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
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Colombia senate backs Uribe vote

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 23:16
related countries: Colombia Colombia
related places: Uribe

Colombia's senate overwhelmingly supports a referendum on allowing President Alvaro Uribe a third term.
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Mosquito swatting

Tuesday 19th of May 2009, 23:21
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan

Weird ways to earn in recession-hit Taiwan
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