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  • Turkish police arrest at least 14 military officers, including four generals, accused of a 2003 coup plot. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Reuters)
  • Baton-wielding Egyptian police disperse a pro-democracy demonstration in Cairo. (BBC) (Reuters) (The Washington Post)
  • South African police build a barricade from razor wire to curtail people scuffles outside Ventersdorp Magistrate's court where two farm workers, aged 15 and 28, are charged with Saturday's murder of white supremacist leader Eugène Terre'Blanche. (BBC) (IOL)
  • President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh frees prisoners as part of its support for the cease-fire. (Arab News)
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  • Announcement of first animals that spent their entire lives without oxygen were discovered in depths of Mediterranean Sea. They belong to three new species from phylum Loricifera. (BMC Biology) (Nature)
  • 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash:
    • A Tu-154 from the 36th Special Aviation Regiment crashes while landing at military airport Severny in Smolensk Oblast, Russia; 96 persons onboard are reported dead. Pilot error is seen as a possible cause of the crash. (MSNBC) (Вести; Russian) (lenta.ru; Russian)
    • The plane was flying from Warsaw to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. (CBC)
    • The plane carried President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, his economist wife, army chief, central bank governor, MPs, leading historians, and many top Polish government officials to their deaths. (BBC) (The Hindu) (The New York Times)
    • There are no survivors. (Passenger list via Reuters India) (CNN) (Los Angeles Times)
    • Polish parliamentary speaker Bronisław Komorowski legally becomes Acting President of Poland. (Xinhua)
    • Lech Wałęsa calls it "the second disaster after Katyn ... They wanted to cut off our head there, and here the flower of our nation has also perished". (The New York Times)
    • Poland's Foreign Ministry spokesman Piotr Paszkowski says "Nothing like this has ever happened in Poland". (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • Prime Minister Donald Tusk declares it the "most tragic event in Poland's postwar history". (RTÉ) Tusk announces he is to fly to the crash site. (The Star Malaysia)
    • Flags fly at half mast across Poland as Poles mourn their loss. (The Irish Times) (BBC)
    • Leaders from around the world give their response to the tragedy. (Voice of America) (CNN) (The Jakarta Post)
    • Russia and Lithuania prepare for an official day of mourning for the death of Poland's President Kaczyński and other persons on board. (RIAN; Russian) (Delfi)
  • Nineteen people die after violence breaks out between government forces and protesters in Thailand. (India Blooms News Service)
  • The Pakistani military kills 100 Taliban in the northwest of the country. (Al Jazeera) (Time)
  • A blast injures at least 19 people outside a prison in Ilam. (Al Jazeera)
  • A spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI claims allegations that he deliberately delayed the punishment of a paedophile priest have been "taken out of context". (BBC) (RTÉ)
  • Thousands of people attend funeral events in Kyrgyzstan for people killed during recent events. (BBC) (Financial Times) (UPI) (CNEWS)
  • The death toll in Wangjialing coal mine's flood in Shanxi rises to 28 after the recovery of another corpse. (Shanghai Daily)
  • Thousands of people protest against public sector cuts in London. (BBC)
  • The Shroud of Turin is displayed in public for the first time in 10 years. (BBC) (Sky News) (Miami Herald) (The Age)
  • Don't Push It, ridden by jockey Tony McCoy, wins the 2010 Grand National at Aintree on McCoy's 15th attempt. (BBC News) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Sudan's landmark elections are extended by two days after delays delivering ballot papers. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Hungarian parliamentary election, 2010
  • 2010 Holywood car bombing:
    • A car bomb explodes shortly after midnight near Northern Ireland's MI5 headquarters in Holywood, County Down, blowing an elderly man off his feet and sending him to hospital. (Times Online) (Xinhua)
    • The Real IRA issues a telephone call to the BBC to claim responsibility. (BBC) (RTÉ)
  • Northern Ireland appoints its first justice minister in 38 years. (BBC)
  • Aftermath of 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash:
    • Polish President Lech Kaczyński lies in state in Warsaw as Russia marks a day of mourning and Poland appoints an acting head of the central bank to replace the one killed in Saturday's air disaster near Smolensk. (BBC) (RTÉ)
    • His funeral and burial and that of his wife who died with him are to take place on Saturday. (CNN)
    • The search for body parts continues at the crash site, with only 14 corpses easily identified by relatives and 20 others by forensic experts, with DNA testing necessary to identify the rest of the corpses. (RIA Novosti)
    • Poland's acting President is to review travel rules for military officials after the late President and all his army generals die in one plane crash. (BBC)
    • Western experts mull the causes of the plane crash. (RIA Novosti)
  • Nine people are thought to have been killed and 30 others are injured, some seriously, after a landslide caused a train to derail in Merano, near the Austrian border with Italy. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • The United States opens fire on a bus in Afghanistan, knocking the driver unconscious, killing as many as five civilians, including a woman, and wounding at least 18 other passengers.(The New York Times) (Al Jazeera)
  • Nuclear Security Summit
    • U.S. President Barack Obama opens the summit of 47 countries, the purpose of which is to discuss nuclear security, in particular how to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of potential terrorists. (CCTV)
    • Ukraine announces it will dispose of its enriched uranium supply. (CNN)
    • A proposed nuclear fuel bank is discussed at the summit. (TheNews.com.pk)
  • The UK General Election countdown:
    • The Labour party launches its manifesto, which states that it will halve the budget deficit within four years through a mixture of spending restraint and tax increases, mainly for the higher paid, that failing police forces will be taken over by successful ones, that every primary-school child who needs it will get one-to-one tuition and that there will be no switch to the euro without a referendum. (Guardian)
    • SNP leader Alex Salmond urges the Scots to vote for an "alternative vision of the future" as he launched the party's election campaign. The Scottish first minister attacks Labour and the Tories for cuts which he said posed a danger to public services. (BBC)
    • Welsh Assembly Government ministers are accused of "abuse of position" by announcing £17.5 miles in tourism grants during the general election campaign. Welsh Conservative leader Nick Bourne says Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones and Environment Minister Jane Davidson must "face questions". (BBC)
  • The Washington Post wins four awards at the 2010 Pulitzer Prizes. (The New York Times)
  • Pope Benedict XVI and the child sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church:
    • Homosexuality is to blame for paedophilia, according to Vatican Secretary of State and the Pope's Deputy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, speaking today at a news conference in Chile. (The Washington Post) (Reuters)
    • The Vatican has handled damaging child abuse cases in an “exemplary” manner, according to the editor-in-chief of Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano Giovanni Maria Vian, who also hails Benedict as a “great communicator”. (National Post)
    • Children were allegedly "sadistically tormented and also sexually abused" at a Catholic monastery in Ettal, Bavaria. (Reuters)
    • Benedict's security is increased for his visit to Malta after the island's population of sexually abused announce plans to protest at his handling of the scandal. (The Daily Telegraph)
    • British campaigners threaten to arrest Benedict for crimes against humanity when he visits the UK. (Deutsche Welle) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The Guardian) (New York Daily News) (Ynetnews)
    • The Vatican publishes its guidelines for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of children in an effort to quell critics. (Reuters via The New York Times)
    • The Vatican says it is overhauling its rules on handling sexual abuse accusations. (CNN)
    • Ten Maltese men, who have taken three priests to court on charges of child abuse, request a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Malta this weekend. (Reuters India) (Boston Herald)
  • An Iranian and a Tajik are jailed for 25 years in Dubai over the 2009 killing of a Chechen militant commander. (BBC) (The Washington Post) (Miami Herald) (Reuters) (People's Daily Online) (The Star)
  • Leading Russian federal judge Eduard Chuvashov is shot dead at his apartment building in central Moscow. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Three former Labour Party MPs – David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine – face criminal charges over their expenses win the right to have their legal fees paid for by the taxpayer. (BBC)
  • The World Trade Organization overturns Australia's ban on importing New Zealand apples, which had been in place since 1919. (The Age)
  • The world's deepest undersea volcanic vents are discovered in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean. (BBC)
  • The Copenhagen Conference was destroyed from the start by the leak of the "Danish draft" negotiating text to The Guardian, the Indian environment minister said this weekend in a warning that the breakdown of international trust would continue to undermine climate talks this year. (The Guardian)
  • A 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Spain, one of the first large earthquakes to strike the Iberian region in half a century.
  • Microsoft launches two new mobile phones marketed to young people. The phones, the Kin One and Kin Two, are built around their social networking features. (New York Times)
  • SS Columbia, feared lost at sea after the 8.8-magnitude Chile earthquake, arrives in a Chilean port, more than a month after it was scheduled to dock. (Times Online)
  • Manchester City and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor announces his retirement from international football at the age of 26, saying he is "still haunted" by the Togo national football team attack which killed three of his colleagues in Angola ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations three months ago. (BBC) (The Guardian)
  • Thierry Henry, the footballer involved in a notorious handball controversy in the France vs Republic of Ireland 2010 FIFA World Cup play-off in November 2009, is not assured of playing for his team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, according to his manager Raymond Domenech on French television show Canal Football Club. (ESPN) (Metro) (RTÉ)
  • Tiger Woods announces he will take more time off from golf after finishing fourth in the 2010 Masters Tournament. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Nuclear Security Summit:
    • President of the United States Barack Obama opening the biggest international meeting hosted by the US since 1945, greets leaders from nearly 50 countries. World leaders at the summit hear dire warnings of the danger of nuclear material falling into the wrong hands. (BBC News)
    • The Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, says that his government thwarted an attempt to sell highly enriched uranium on the black market last month. (The Guardian)
    • Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, meets with President Barack Obama to discuss Iran's nuclear program. (CNN)
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes southeastern Qinghai, China, near the Yangtze River. There were no immediate reports of casualties. (The Associated Press)(Vancouver Sun)
  • A bar of radioactive cobalt-60 found in a New Dehli market causes life-threatening radiation sickness in one person and contingency measures from the authorities. ("The Faster Times")
  • Kyrgyzstan's ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev says he will resign if the interim government guarantees his family's safety. (The Telegraph) (Al Jazeera)
  • A huge glacier breaks off and plunges into a lake in Peru sparking a 23-metre high tsunami wave that destroyed a nearby town. The massive chunk of ice - around the size of four football pitches - tumbled into the '513 lake' in the Andes near Carhuaz, around 200 miles north of Lima. (Sky News) (The Peruvian Times)
  • Israel tells all of its citizens visiting the Sinai Peninsula to leave immediately after Israeli intelligence warns that a terror cell may be planning to kidnap an Israeli national and bring him to Gaza. (Yahoo! News) (The Telegraph)
  • Israeli soldiers kill four heavily-armed Islamic Jihad gunmen sent to attack Israeli forces and believed to be planting explosives along the security fence with Gaza. (JTA)
  • A group of Lebanese politicians play a match of association football to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Lebanese Civil War. AFP
  • The body of Poland's First Lady, Maria Kaczyńska, is flown to Warsaw to lie in state alongside that of her husband, President Lech Kaczyński. Poland has seen an outpouring of grief since the couple and scores of other senior Polish officials died in a plane crash in western Russia on Saturday. (BBC News) (Xinhua)
  • The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, makes an unannounced visit to Haiti. It is her first official trip overseas without US President Barack Obama since he took office last year. (BBC News)
  • 11 people are killed in Isabela City, Philippines, after 25 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group clash with security forces. (CNN)
  • At least 73 civilians were killed when an army jet bombed a remote village in Pakistan's tribal region of Khyber, a local official has told the BBC. (BBC News)
  • UK General Election countdown
    • Conservative leader David Cameron launches his party's election manifesto, which he says is a "plan to change Britain for the better". He said the "optimistic" plan would bring a "new kind of government" with less state and more "people power". (BBC News)
    • The UK Independence Party says they will not campaign against election candidates from other parties who are "committed" Eurosceptics, and Plaid Cymru have also launched their manifesto in Cardiff with a pledge to protect the vulnerable and front-line services. (BBC News)
  • All 103 passengers and crew escape alive after a Boeing 737-300 overruns the runway at Rendani Airport, Manokwari, Indonesia. (JACDEC), (Aviation Herald)
  • An American Boeing 767 passenger jet makes an emergency landing in Iceland after reports of chemical fumes in the cabin. A spokesman for Keflavik airport outside Reykjavík says several crew members on the American Airlines flight had complained of dizziness. (BBC News)
  • Japanese car maker Toyota faces further safety concerns after Consumer Reports issues a recommendation not to buy the Lexus GX 460 four-wheel drive because of fears that the car could roll over. (BBC News)
  • The Australian authorities say a Chinese bulk carrier which ran aground off Queensland has caused widespread damage to the famed Great Barrier Reef. The cleanup is likely to be the biggest operation ever undertaken there. (BBC News)
  • A mentally ill man goes on a stabbing rampage outside a primary school in southern China, killing two and wounding five. (The Telegraph)
  • Former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, cross-examines the first prosecution witness at the resumption of his war crimes trial at The Hague. (BBC News)
  • Twitter sells advertising on its site for the first time. Advertisers will be able to buy "Promoted Tweets" that will appear on Twitter's search results pages. (BBC News)
  • Spanish police say they have seized more than 800kg (1,760lbs) of cocaine from a lorry disguised as an official backup vehicle for the Dakar rally. (BBC News)
  • 2010 Yushu earthquake
    • Chinese media say 589 people have died after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits China's Qinghai province. Reports suggest there were six quakes in total, and over ten thousand people were injured in the disaster.(China Daily) (BBC) (The Guardian)
    • Rescue efforts are difficult due to the isolated location of the earthquake. (LA Times)
  • At least 100 people are killed in India after a powerful storm demolished thousands of homes in West Bengal. (BBC News)
  • Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Roza Otunbayeva says that President Kurmanbek Bakiyev must stand trial over riots last week. (Times of India) (Al Jazeera)
  • Eruption in glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, enters a new phase, causing local evacuations. (Morgungblaðið)
  • It is reported that U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday will unveil a "bold and daring" new space mission to send astronauts to Mars months after he controversially scrapped a project to return to the Moon. (The Telegraph)
    • Neil Armstrong and other former astronauts release harsh criticism of the president's recent cuts to NASA.(Fox News)
  • Controversy arises over the decision to bury Polish President Lech Kaczyński in Wawel Cathedral in Kraków—a place reserved for Poland's kings and heroes. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in protest, and thousands have joined an internet campaign objecting to the plan. (BBC News)
  • Tokelau outlaws whaling within its territorial waters. (RNZI)
  • The Liberal Democrats send out a "four step" manifesto plan to "hardwire fairness into British society". Leader Nick Clegg says his policies, including raising the state pension and a tax cut for low and middle earners, combined "hope and credibility". (BBC News)
  • The Vatican seeks to "clarify" remarks made by a senior cardinal, who linked homosexuality with paedophilia in the abuse scandal facing the Church. (BBC News)
  • For the first time in decades, researchers report a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth, to about 342,900 in 2008 from 526,300 in 1980. (The New York Times)
  • A cargo aircraft crashes on take-off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Monterrey, Mexico, killing five crew members and one person in a car on the ground. (Aviation Safety Network)
  • Australia arrests the captain and chief officer of a Chinese ship that ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, damaging three kilometres of coral reef and leaking tonnes of oil. (New Straits Times) (BBC) (Economic Times)
  • Apple delays the international launch of its iPad computer for a month, blaming "surprisingly strong US demand" that has outstripped its ability to produce them. (The Guardian)
  • Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, 2010:
    • The "Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No One" disarmament conference opens in response to President of the United States Barack Obama's conference in Washington, D.C. (Al Jazeera) (ABC News)
    • China and Russia are represented, as are 60 countries, including several foreign ministers. (Malaysia Star)
    • The United States is not invited to Tehran as was the case of Iran at the Washington, D.C. conference. (The Washington Post)
    • President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for the establishment of an independent body to oversee nuclear disarmament. (Al Jazeera)
    • Iran proposes a five-point plan to "democratise the global security architecture". (The Hindu)
    • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, describes the United States as an "atomic criminal", saying that religion prohibits the use of nuclear weapons (haram) and calls for the US to be expelled from the international nuclear system. (The Daily Telegraph) (BBC) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (Myanmar News) (AFP) (The Times of India)
    • France accuses Iran of shunning nuclear dialogue, while the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton branded Iran the number one challenge today for world security. (AFP)
  • Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull:
    • The volcanic ash cloud above Europe causes a third day of disruption to air travel, leaving millions of passengers stranded unable to reach their destinations. Officials warn that airspace could remain shut for several more days. (BBC)
    • Irish airspace shuts down again, having reopened yesterday. (RTÉ) (The Irish Times) (Reuters) (The Wall Street Journal)
    • Reports indicate that the disruption caused by the ash cloud is costing airlines up to £130m every day. (The Guardian)
    • Health authorities warn people to stay inside if they smell a sulphurous smell, as it could pose a risk to people with breathing difficulties. (The Guardian)
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel is re-routed to Rome via Portugal on her return flight home from the United States, and is now stuck in Bolzano, Italy. (Reuters)
  • Child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church:
    • Former Vatican Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos says his 2001 praise of a French bishop for hiding a paedophile priest was endorsed by Pope John Paul II. (RTÉ) (The Times of India) (Reuters)
    • Benedict flies to Malta to commemorate the 1,950th anniversary of the shipwreck of Saint Paul on the island, his first overseas visit since the latest round of child sex abuse claims. (The Observer) (The New York Times)
    • President of Malta George Abela mentions an abuse trial involving three Catholic clergy in his speech to mark Benedict's coming, saying "justice had both to be done and seen to be done". Benedict makes no direct reference. (BBC)
  • April 2010 Kohat bombings:
    • Twin bombings on a centre for the displaced in the town of Kohat, Pakistan, kill at least 42 people and injues dozens of others. (TVNZ) (Xinhua) (Reuters) (The New Yorjk Times)
    • The United Nations condemns the twin attacks. (Dawn)
  • Twin bombs injure eight people outside M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore ahead of an IPL-3 league game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians. A third device is located outside. (Indian Express) (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Over 100,000 mourners attend a memorial service to honour the death of the Polish president Lech Kaczyński, and 95 others who were killed in a plane crash the previous week. (The Guardian)
  • Snowfall in central Tokyo matches a record set in April 1967. (The Japan Times) (MSN Malaysia)
  • Two oil tankers collide and burst into flames, killing at least five people and wounding several more, in southwest Nigeria. Three large freight trucks along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway also ignite. (AFP)
  • Internal e-mails reveal Porter Goss, a former head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), agreed with a decision to destroy hundreds of tapes purportedly showing agents waterboarding two al-Qaeda suspects being held in Thailand in 2002 over fears that public release of the tapes would be "devastating". (Al Jazeera)
  • An earthquake strikes Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, and is felt 50 kilometres away. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • An investigation is launched after a plane crashes into a field and bursts into flames in Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom, killing at least two people. (The Daily Telegraph) (RTÉ) (BBC) (Sky News) (The Guardian)
  • Toyota is to recall 600,000 Sienna minivans in the US over fears of corrosion. "In the worst case, the carrier cable may fail and the spare tyre could become separated from the vehicle" a statement from the company read. (BBC)
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia buys 202 double decker buses from China's Zhengzhou Yutong Group for €35 million in the first cooperation between the two countries. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
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