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Author Sir Salman Rushdie's visit to the Indian city of Calcutta to promote the Midnight's Children film is cancelled at the last minute.
The American Senate has approved John Kerry as the next US Secretary of State by an overwhelming vote, replacing Hillary Clinton who stands down on Friday.
Four Nigerian farmers are set to find out whether a Netherlands court will back their pollution legal case against oil giant Shell.
A group of Nigerian farmers will hear on Wednesday whether their case against Dutch oil giant Shell has been successful. The farmers blame oil leaks in the Niger delta on the oil company, but Shell denies any wrongdoing.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard calls a general election for 14 September, announcing the vote eight months in advance.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is set to launch a new operating system in make or break move to keep up with rivals.
Sir Salman Rushdie on the aftermath of the Delhi gang rape
Circus performer Nik Wallenda has walked across a high-wire over a busy road in Florida without a safety harness.
Bahrain courts criticised as verdicts come in
How a dispute at heart of Africa has hit heart of Europe
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he is "safe and happy" in India, despite Pakistan's suggestion that Delhi provide security for the Muslim actor.
How to travel on India's overcrowded trains