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What happend on May 21st 2009

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Fiennes climbs to Everest summit

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 0:57
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 65, succeeds on his third attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
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Indonesian Islamists 'a threat'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 2:34
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia

Indonesia must focus on the threat posed by Islamists even as the regional threat declines, says the International Crisis Group.
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Cancer battle pair flee US police

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 3:13
related countries: United States United States

An alert goes out to police across the US as a mother flees with her cancer-stricken son to avoid chemotherapy.
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Couple disappear after massive bank error in their favour

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 3:23
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

Police in New Zealand seek a couple who disappeared after a banking error deposited NZ$10m in their account.
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Guantanamo inmate transfer blocked

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 3:53
related countries: United States United States

The US Senate overwhelmingly rejects plans to move detainees out of Guantanamo Bay and refuses funds to close it down.
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Tokyo has first swine flu cases

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 4:14
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Tokyo

Health officials in Japan confirm the first two cases of swine flu in the country's densely populated capital, Tokyo.
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Poll pledge for Sri Lanka Tamils

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 6:10
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's reconciliation minister, a former rebel, vows polls will be held in Tamil-majority areas once displaced people are resettled.
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Abusers 'must be held to account'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 6:30
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland says anyone responsible for abuse of children should be held to account.
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Live - Monaco Grand Prix practice

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 7:30
related countries: Monaco Monaco

Williams' Nico Rosberg goes quickest in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix, as world champion Lewis Hamilton impresses in his McLaren.
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South Korea grants 'right to die'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 7:48
related countries: South Korea South Korea

South Korea's Supreme Court upholds a landmark ruling giving an elderly brain-dead woman the right to die.
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Diplomats barred from Burma trial

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 7:53
related countries: Burma Burma

Burma bars international observers from the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, a day after allowing them in.
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UK policy shift on Gurkhas expected

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 8:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A shift in British government policy over settlement rights for Gurkha veterans is expected to be announced later.
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MDC MP detained for 'raping girl'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 8:22
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

A senior member of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl.
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Turning tide

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 8:27
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

Pakistan public turn against Taliban 'gangsters'
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Bangladesh mutiny deaths probed

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 8:52
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

Bangladesh orders an inquiry into the deaths of 21 border guards held in custody after a mutiny in February that killed nearly 100.
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Medics close Hmong refugee camp

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 9:55
related countries: Thailand Thailand

An aid agency in Thailand says it is closing a camp for about 5,000 ethnic Hmong refugees, citing military intimidation.
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Arrests in New York 'attack plot'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 9:56
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

Four men are arrested as they allegedly attempt to plant bombs near two New York synagogues, US prosecutors say.
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What should the US do with Guantanamo?

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 10:07
related countries: United States United States

Guantanamo is a "misguided experiment" and a "mess" that must be cleaned up, US President Barack Obama has said. Do you agree with him?
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US police fired over beating film

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 10:09
related countries: United States United States
related places: Alabama

Five police officers are fired in Alabama after footage emerged of them beating an unconscious suspect after a car crash.
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Pakistan's fight for hearts and minds

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 10:17
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

As the Pakistani offensive against the Taliban continues, Barbara Plett has been speaking to some of the people who have been displaced by the conflict.
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Gabon leader in Spanish hospital

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 10:55
related countries: Gabon Gabon, Spain Spain

Africa's longest-serving leader, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, is said to be seriously ill in hospital in Spain.
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Pakistan in humanitarian plea

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 10:56
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Donors offer $224m in aid for Pakistan's displaced as PM Yusuf Raza Gilani appeals for urgent cash to help two million people.
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Shoaib to miss ICC World Twenty20

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 11:01
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Shoaib Akhtar is withdrawn from Pakistan's squad for the World Twenty20 tournament because of a genital infection.
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Czechs shocked by anti-Roma TV ad

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 11:10
related countries: Czech Republic Czech Republic

The Czech government voices outrage over the broadcast of an anti-Roma campaign advert by a far-right group on national TV.
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Death for killers of Lebanese star Tamim

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 11:17
related countries: Egypt Egypt, Lebanon Lebanon

Egyptian tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa and a security guard are sentenced to death for killing Lebanese star Suzanne Tamim.
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'Drugs gang' arrested in Colombia

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 11:34
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombian security forces arrest 112 suspected members of one of the country's most powerful drugs cartels.
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Georgia mutiny suspect shot dead

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 12:02
related countries: Georgia Georgia

Georgian police have shot dead a man suspected of playing a key role in a mutiny at a military base earlier this month, officials say.
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Deadly bombings hit Iraqi cities

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 12:14
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Kirkuk

At least 23 people, including three US soldiers, are killed in deadly bombings in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Kirkuk.
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Israel removes settlement outpost

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 13:24
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States, West Bank West Bank

Israeli police destroy an unauthorised outpost in the West Bank, amid rising US pressure to halt settlement activity.
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Rosberg sets Monaco practice pace

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 13:50
related countries: Monaco Monaco

Williams' Nico Rosberg and Brawn's Rubens Barrichello set the fastest times in Thursday's two practice sessions for the Monaco GP.
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The Egyptian-Israeli relationship

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 13:50
related countries: Egypt Egypt, Israel Israel

Paul Martin remembers the events of May 1979, the first time that Egyptians and Israelis were allowed to cross between the two countries by land.
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No going back for Kosovo, says US

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 14:03
related countries: United States United States

US Vice-President Joe Biden gets a warm welcome in Kosovo and says its independence is "absolutely irreversible".
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Spain revives US army murder case

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 14:24
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Spain Spain, United States United States

A Spanish judge reinstates charges against three US soldiers over the killing of a cameraman in the Iraq war.
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Malaysia's PM vows ethnic reforms

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 15:00
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Malaysian PM Najib Razak outlines plans to dismantle the decades-old affirmative action programme for ethnic Malays.
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Serbia police disarm grenade man

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 16:24
related countries: Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

A man who entered entered Serbia's presidential offices with a live hand grenade has been disarmed, reports say.
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Police die in India Maoist attack

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 17:02
related countries: India India

Suspected Maoist rebels in India kill 16 police personnel in a gun battle in the western state of Maharashtra, police say.
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Bolivian inequality

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 17:09
related countries: Bolivia Bolivia

Colonial attitudes linger 200 years after independence
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Skating on thin ice

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 17:11
related countries: Latvia Latvia

Boom-and-bust Latvia caught in capitalist whirlwind
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Iran releases TV debate dates

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 17:24
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran announces details of a series of debates between presidential candidates in the run up to the election on 12 June.
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Delta exodus

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 17:29
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Civilian horror at military air strikes in Nigeria's oil region
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South Africa gets anti-crime boss

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 17:36
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South Africa appoints a little-known police officer to head the serious crimes agency that replaced the Scorpions unit.
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Civil war fears as Yemen marks unity

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 18:15
related countries: Yemen Yemen

Military parades, political protests and bloody clashes mark the beginning of Yemen's Unity Day celebrations.
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Obama takes aim

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 18:15
related countries: United States United States

US president's speech a 'rebuke' to George Bush
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Obama vow on Guantanamo inmates

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 18:37
related countries: United States United States

The US will find a way to cope securely with dangerous inmates at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama has said.
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Sri Lanka vows to resettle Tamils

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 19:20
related countries: India India, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka pledges to resettle most of the 280,000 Tamils displaced by the civil war in six months.
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Confusion over Malawi vote count

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 20:06
related countries: Malawi Malawi

One opposition leader accepts that Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika has been re-elected but another claims rigging.
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Tanzanian to face US trial

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 20:10
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress, White House

The Tanzanian man held in Guantanamo Bay over the 1998 East Africa bombings is to be put on trial in New York.
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Markets fall as debt worries rise

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 21:11
related countries: United States United States

Global stock markets slide after a warning that the UK's top credit rating is at risk raises fears about debt levels.
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Israeli leader in Jerusalem vow

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 21:23
related countries: Israel Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Jerusalem will never again be divided, as he marks 42 years of annexation.
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US 'bomb gang extremely violent'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 21:39
related countries: United States United States
related places: New York

Four men accused of plotting to bomb synagogues and fire missiles at aircraft were 'eager to kill Jews', a US court hears.
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Morales urges better ties with US

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 22:13
related countries: Bolivia Bolivia, United States United States

Bolivian President Evo Morales calls for a complete overhaul of his country's strained ties with the United States.
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US soldier spared death penalty

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 22:20
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Kentucky

A former US soldier convicted of rape and murder in Iraq is spared the death penalty by a jury in the state of Kentucky.
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Somali 'pirate' pleads not guilty

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 22:53
related countries: Somalia Somalia, United States United States
related places: New York

A Somali man arrested over the kidnap of a US captain pleads not guilty to 10 charges including piracy in a New York court.
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Fake or real?

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 23:07
related countries: Vietnam Vietnam

Vietnam art world confused by originals and copies
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US CO2 goals 'to be compromised'

Thursday 21st of May 2009, 23:29
related countries: United States United States

Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the US will not be able to cut emissions as much as needed due to domestic opposition.
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