June 24th, 2010
05:40 AM ET

World update: New Australia PM to call election

An update from London on some of the international stories we expect to develop on Thursday:

Australia PM - Julia Gillard becomes Australia's first female prime minister, replacing Kevin Rudd as Labor Party leader and vowing to call a general election "in coming months." Read the full story

Train tragedy - At least 12 people were killed and 14 injured by a train in a town south of Barcelona, Spain. The accident happened as a group tried to cross the tracks after getting off a local train in the town of Castelldefels. Many were heading to the Fiesta de San Juan, which celebrates the year's shortest night. Read the full story

Pakistan terrorism trial - Five Americans arrested on terrorism charges in Pakistan have been sentenced to 15 years each.  The men, who have been dubbed the "D.C. Five," will also have to pay a fine of 75,000 Pakistani rupees ($878), Deputy Prosecutor General Rana Bukhtar Ali said. Read the full story

Gas bill settled - Russian energy giant Gazprom has paid Belarus $228 million for delivering natural gas to Europe, the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti says.  The payment still falls short of the $260 million demanded by Belarus for transit fees, however. Read the full story

Epic tennis match - John Isner of the United States and his French opponent Nicolas Mahut have made tennis history at Wimbledon as they contest the longest grand slam singles match of all time - and it is still to be finished.  It was called off for the day on Wednesday at 59 games all in the fifth and deciding set. Read the full story

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