DATED: What happened last week around the world?

Compiled by ‘Ifreke Inyang


*Twelve al-Qaeda militants have broken out of a prison in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, officials say.

*The captain of a Chinese fishing boat stabs two South Korean coast guards, killing one and injuring another.

*A murder investigation begins after the discovery of the bodies of two adults and two children at a house in Leeds.

*The Democratic Republic of Congo President, Joseph Kabila, rejects opposition claims that he won elections through widespread rigging.



*A man opens fire in the Belgian city of Liege killing a child and at least five other people including himself. 123 others were reported wounded.

*Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider say they may have glimpsed the fabled Higgs boson, but are not yet able to claim a discovery.

*An Italian man opens fire in two markets in central Florence, killing two Senegalese traders and injuring three others, Italian officials say.



*A collection of jewels which belonged to the actress, Elizabeth Taylor, including a huge 16th Century pearl, sets record prices at a New York auction.



*The flag of American forces in Iraq has been lowered in Baghdad bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end.

*A French court gives former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust.

*A 90-year-old man begins a life sentence for shooting dead three Dutch civilians when he was serving as a member of a Nazi SS hit squad during World War II.



*Defence lawyers for US Army analyst ,Bradley Manning, accused of leaking secrets to Wikileaks, open his military hearing by accusing the chief officer of being bias.

*At least 10 people are killed as striking oil workers clash with government forces in a town in Western Kazakhstan, officials say.

*Tens of thousands of children have suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions since 1945, an independent report claims.



*A tropical storm kills at least 200 people in the Philippines, with flash floods leaving hundreds missing, officials say.

*Egypt’s Prime Minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri calls the latest protests in the capital Cairo a “counter-revolution”, following deadly clashes.

*US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta expresses confidence in Libya’s new government on a visit to Tripoli, as the UN lifts sanctions on the country’s Central Bank.

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