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Dilma Rousseff sworn in as Brazil's new president

Others | 2 January 2011
Dilma Rousseff has been sworn in as Brazil's first woman president, succeeding Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the most popular leader in the country's history. Ms Rousseff, 62, who has never held elected office, has pledged to follow the path set by President Lula. He was constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term... More

Australia's Queensland faces 'biblical' flood

Others | 2 January 2011
A senior official has described the flooding in Queensland, Australia, as a disaster of "biblical proportions". State Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the economic impact would be severe, with huge costs compounded by lost income from mining, farming and tourism... More

Pope Benedict XVI to hold religious peace summit

Others | 2 January 2011
Pope Benedict XVI has said he will organise a summit in Assisi with religious heads to discuss how they can promote world peace. In a New Year message, the Pope also condemned inter-religious violence, including attacks against Christians in the Middle East... More

Record flooding hits eastern Australia

Others | 30 December 2010
(CNN) -- Australians struggled to keep dry Tuesday after record flooding made many eastern towns look more like vast lakes than residential communities... More

Gbagbo defiant as African leaders leave Ivory Coast

Others | 30 December 2010
West African leaders have ended their mission to Ivory Coast, having failed to persuade incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to stand down. They had hoped Mr Gbagbo would agree to cede power to Allasane Ouattara, widely considered to be the true winner of November's elections... More

South Korea calls for new six-party talks with North

Others | 30 December 2010
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has called for new six-party talks with North Korea.Mr Lee said there was no choice but to try to dismantle North Korea's nuclear programme through diplomacy... More

Iran executes man as Israeli spy, hangs opposition group member

Others | 29 December 2010
(CNN) -- Iran has hanged a man convicted of spying for Israel and also executed another man who was a member of a government opposition group, state-run media reported Tuesday... More

Germans charged with espionage in Iran meet with families

Others | 29 December 2010
(CNN) -- Two German journalists charged with espionage in Iran for interviewing the son and lawyer of a woman condemned to die by stoning have met with family members, Iranian officials said Tuesday... More

Strike over massive Bolivia fuel price rises begins

Others | 29 December 2010
Transport workers in Bolivia have begun an indefinite strike, called in protest at an increase of more than 70% in the price of fuel.Commuters struggled to reach the main cities, and army lorries were used to help people get to work... More

Russian court finds Khodorkovsky guilty

Others | 28 December 2010
Moscow (CNN) -- A judge in Moscow has found former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner guilty of corruption charges, his lawyer said Monday... More

Airports reopen after monster blizzard in north-east US

Others | 28 December 2010
Airports have reopened in the north-eastern US after blizzards caused some 7,000 flights to be cancelled over the busy post-Christmas travel period. Services have now resumed into and out of New York, Boston and Philadelphia... More

'Last-chance' mission heads for Ivory Coast talks

Others | 28 December 2010
Three West African heads of state are expected in Ivory Coast for talks on the crisis following the disputed presidential election. Leaders from Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde are to give the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, a final chance to step down peacefully... More

Eastern United States braced for winter storm

Others | 27 December 2010
A swathe of the US eastern seaboard is braced for an intensifying winter storm that is dumping heavy snow as it sweeps north. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and severe weather warnings are in place from Georgia to Vermont as temperatures continue to plummet... More

Female suicide bomber was behind deadly Pakistan blast, official says

Others | 27 December 2010
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A young, female suicide bomber was behind a blast in Pakistan that killed at least 46 people and injured 105 others at a food distribution point, an official said Sunday... More

Ivory Coast warns of civil war

Others | 27 December 2010
Foreign intervention to oust Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo could ignite a civil war, a spokesman for the president has warned. West African leaders have warned of military action if Mr Gbagbo refuses to hand power to rival Alassane Ouattara... More

Pakistan suicide bombing kills dozens

Others | 26 December 2010
A female suicide bomber has killed at least 40 people in an attack on a large crowd receiving aid in north-west Pakistan, officials say. The blast took place in the town of Khar in the Bajaur region, in tribal areas close to the Afghan border - a Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold... More

Christmas snow hits European travel plans

Others | 26 December 2010
Stranded air passengers have spent the night at airports in Paris and Brussels after freezing weather severely disrupted Christmas travel. Some 200 people slept overnight at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, which cancelled 400 flights because of snow and ice... More

Official: Christmas Eve bombings in Nigeria leave dead, injured

Others | 26 December 2010
(CNN) -- Five blasts went off in the Nigerian city of Jos Friday night as residents were celebrating Christmas Eve, leaving dead and injured, a regional government official said. The exact number of casualties was not determined, but an eyewitness said he counted eight dead... More

Barack Obama signs gay military law

Others | 23 December 2010
US President Barack Obama has signed a landmark law allowing gay people serving in the military to be open about.. More

Heathrow boss declines bonus amid travel chaos

Others | 23 December 2010
London (CNN) -- The chief executive of British airport operator BAA, which is responsible for London's Heathrow, says he will not be taking his bonus for 2010 following the travel chaos caused by heavy snow... More

Ivory Coast: France warns nationals to leave

Others | 23 December 2010
France says its 15,000 nationals in Ivory Coast should leave, as a "precaution", amid an ongoing crisis over a disputed presidential poll... More