June 17th, 2010
05:31 AM ET

World update: Gunfire heard in Kyrgyz city

Kyrgyzstan gunfire - Gunfire was heard Thursday from the center of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, a sign that violent ethnic clashes may be intensifying.  Gunfire in the hard-hit city has been only heard at night. Thursday was the first time CNN producers on the scene have heard daytime gun fights.

France floods - More rain has fallen on the already inundated region of Var in southern France where flash flooding has killed at least 20 people this week, authorities say. Up to 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) of rain fell in some areas overnight.

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June 16th, 2010
05:48 AM ET

World update: Aid begins arriving in Kyrgyzstan

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

Kyrgyzstan aid - The first United Nations' aid plane has arrived in Uzbekistan to help the thousands of people who have fled ethnic clashes in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, U.N. officials say.

Obama and BP - President Obama will have his showdown on Wednesday with BP top executives and says he will tell the company it must pick up the tab for the massive Gulf Coast oil spill.

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June 15th, 2010
06:17 AM ET

World update: Kyrgyz Border closed as thousands flee

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

Kyrgyzstan clashes – Uzbekistan has closed its border with Kyrgyzstan after tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks attempt to flee the most serious outbreak of ethnic violence in ten years.  The Central Asian nation's news agency AKI Press reports the death toll has risen to 170. Read the full story

Northern Ireland inquiry - The results of an inquiry into the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland in 1972 will be unveiled Tuesday.  Thirteen people died when British soldiers opened fire during a civil rights march in Derry.  The Inquiry has taken 12 years and cost more than $600m.

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June 14th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

World update: Thousands flee violence in Kyrgyzstan

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Tens of thousands of Uzbeks have fled the ongoing clashes

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

Kyrgyzstan violence - Smoke was rising in the city of Osh and sporadic gunfire could be heard Monday as ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan continued. Tens of thousands of Uzbeks have fled the ongoing clashes, causing one aid official to describe the situation as a "humanitarian catastrophe," according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read the full story

Flotilla investigation - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has canceled a trip to Paris to meet with French leaders as he awaits the formal announcement of an investigation commission into an Israeli raid on a flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, the Defense Ministry says.  Israel has announced that an independent commission led by a retired Israeli judge will investigate the incident.

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June 11th, 2010
06:12 AM ET

World update: Mandela to miss World Cup opening

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

Mandela tragedy - Former South African President Nelson Mandela will not attend Friday's opening of the World Cup soccer tournament after the death of his great-grandchild in a car crash, a representative says. Read the full story

Vatican conference - Pope Benedict XVI says the church must promise "to do everything possible" to ensure that the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests "will never occur again." He was addressing thousands of priests who had gathered at the Vatican for a three-day conference to mark the end of the "Year of the Priest."

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June 10th, 2010
05:30 AM ET

World update: Afghan boy, 7, executed, officials say

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

Boy executed - Suspected Taliban militants have executed a seven-year-old boy, accusing him of spying for the government, officials in southern Afghanistan say. Read the full story

Wedding party bombed - A bombing at a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan's Kandahar province Wednesday was carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosives-laden vest. The blast killed 40 people and wounded 74 others. Read the full story

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June 9th, 2010
05:37 AM ET

World update: Obama to meet with Palestinian leader

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

Mideast meeting - President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House on Wednesday, a meeting that comes at a tense time for the Middle East peace process.

Iran vote - Diplomats hoping to slap tougher sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program will vote on a new draft resolution on Wednesday. Read the full story

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June 8th, 2010
06:05 AM ET

World update: Trader on trial over alleged $6B fraud

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Jerome Kerviel

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

Trader on trial - The French trader accused of a multi-billion-dollar fraud at banking giant Societe Generale goes on trial on Tuesday. Jerome Kerviel faces charges including forgery, breach of trust, and  unauthorized computer use. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 375,000 euros ($447,500). The bank also will ask that Kerviel reimburse it for its loss. Read the full story

Murder confession - A 22-year-old Dutchman - Joran van der Sloot - has confessed to the murder of Peruvian woman Stephany Flores Ramirez and could be formally charged on Tuesday, according to the Peruvian authorities.  Van der Sloot was also arrested twice in connection with the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005. Read the full story

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June 7th, 2010
05:47 AM ET

World update: Guilty verdicts over Bhopal disaster

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

Bhopal verdict - A court in India has returned guilty verdicts against seven executives of an American chemical company subsidiary over the worlds worst industrial disaster - in Bhopal, India, in 1984. A gas leak at the Union Carbine plant immediately killed thousands of people. Hundreds of thousands more died over the next two decades. Read the full story

Peru murder suspect - A judge has extended the investigation into murder suspect Joran van der Sloot, accused of killing a Peruvian woman, for another week, a spokeswoman for Peru's Interior Ministry said Sunday. Read the full story

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June 4th, 2010
05:58 AM ET

World update: Flotilla victims were shot, autopsies reveal

Gaza flotilla - Autopsy results by forensics experts in Istanbul revealed that all nine of the men killed by Israeli commandoes aboard the humanitarian convoy in the Eastern Mediterranean, died of gunshot wounds.  Five of them had bullet wounds to the head. Read the full story

New Japan PM - The upper and lower houses of Japan's parliament have elected former Finance Minister Naoto Kan as the prime minister of Japan Friday, following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama from the post earlier in the week. Read the full story

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June 3rd, 2010
06:13 AM ET

World update: Police identify victims of UK gunman

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

UK shooting spree - Police have started identifying the victims of a series of drive-by shootings in a remote and picturesque area of northern England that left 12 people dead before the gunman killed himself. Read the full story

Gaza flotilla - The next showdown over Israel's naval blockade of Gaza could come as early as Friday as an Irish-owned ship filled with humanitarian aid steams into the region. Read the full story

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June 2nd, 2010
05:32 AM ET

World update: Criticism mounts on Israel over raid

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

Gaza flotilla - Israel is facing an onslaught of intense international criticism as it continues the release of activists detained from a Gaza aid flotilla. An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said 380 Turkish nationals were being sent home Wednesday. Read the full story

Afghan battle - Suspected militants fired rockets, detonated explosives and engaged in an intense gun battle with security forces near the site of a jirga, or peace meeting, where Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke. Read the full story

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June 1st, 2010
05:05 AM ET

World update: Turkey to pick up citizens from Israel

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

Gaza flotilla - Turkey is dispatching three planes to bring back 20 citizens injured in the raid on a flotilla carrying humanitarian goods to Gaza, according to the Turkish Prime Minister's Web site. Read the full story

Air France crash - Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the crash of Air France Flight 447.  The Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic ocean, killing 228 people, as it headed from Brazil to France. A series of ceremonies will take place in Paris on Tuesday, and a Mass has been held in Rio de Janeiro. Read the full story

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May 14th, 2010
05:28 AM ET

World update: One dead, two seriously hurt in Thai violence

Red shirt demonstrators set off fireworks in the red shirt camp in Bangkok on Friday.

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

Thailand protests - Violence erupted in Thailand on Friday, a day after an opposition leader was shot in downtown Bangkok. Protesters took to the streets amid gunfire. One person died from clashes Friday and two are in critical condition, a local hospital director said.  All three were shot. More people were injured, including a journalist from a French TV station shot in the leg. Read the full story

Oil spill - A U.S. congressman says he will launch a formal inquiry into how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after learning of independent estimates that are significantly higher than the amount BP officials have provided.

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May 13th, 2010
04:54 AM ET

World update: Sole survivor of Tripoli plane crash identified

Ruben van Assouw is expected to undergo multiple scans Thursday.

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

Sole survivor - The child who survived a plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, is eight-year-old Ruben van Assouw, according to doctor at the hospital where he is being treated. The boy, a Dutch citizen, had many fractures in his lower limbs and has undergone an operation, the doctor told CNN by phone. Read the full story

Thailand protests - Thai authorities have set a new deadline to seal off a central Bangkok intersection where anti-government protesters have amassed by the thousands for the last month. Officials said soldiers will seal off roads and shut down rail services leading to the Ratchaprasong intersection from 6 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) on Thursday. Read the full story

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May 12th, 2010
05:22 AM ET

World update: Plane crashes while trying to land in Libya

The Afriqiyah Airways plane was flying in from Johannesburg, South Africa.

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

Libya plane crash - A plane carrying 104 people crashed while trying to land at Libya's Tripoli International Airport on Wednesday. The Afriqiyah Airways plane was flying from Johannesburg, South Africa, when it crashed while attempting to land at the airport in the Libyan capital, an airline spokeswoman said. She could not say whether there were any fatalities. Read the full story

China knife attack - A man with a kitchen cleaver hacked to death seven kindergarten students and a teacher in northwest China on Wednesday, before returning home and committing suicide, state media said. Officials do not yet know what prompted the 48-year-old man to attack students at a private school in Shaanxi province. Read the full story

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May 11th, 2010
06:26 AM ET

World update: Aquino holds lead in Philippine vote

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

Philippines election - The son of former President Corazon Aquino led contenders for the Philippines presidency Tuesday morning as authorities tabulated returns from the country's first national elections held with voting machines. Read the full story

UK election - British political parties resumed negotiations for a new government Tuesday, five days after the national election failed to produce a clear winner. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who announced his intention to step down, was keeping a low profile Tuesday morning. Read the full story

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May 10th, 2010
05:55 AM ET

World update: Markets rally on eurozone rescue package

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

Markets rally - The euro rose and stock markets around the world rallied after the announcement of a 750 billion euro rescue package to stabilize the eurozone.

Russia mine blast - The death toll from explosions at a Russian mine climbed to 30 as rescue efforts resumed in western Siberia, the nation's Emergency Situations Ministry says.

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May 7th, 2010
05:53 AM ET

World update: UK PM Brown plans to stay in power

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

UK election - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants to stay in government and try to form a coalition with other parties, according to a statement issued Friday morning after results showed the election ended in a hung parliament.

Markets plunge - The Nikkei-225 Index in Tokyo closed 3.1 percent lower on Friday as the global sell-off - sparked by the debt crisis in Greece and a wild session on Wall Street - continued to roll with the sun across the financial world.

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May 6th, 2010
07:10 AM ET

World update: Mumbai gunman sentenced to death

Mumbai sentencing - The only surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks has been sentenced to death. A judge ruled Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani, will be hanged. Kasab was convicted on Monday of murder, conspiracy, and waging war on India. He was sentenced to death on five separate counts, and life imprisonment. Read the full story

Greek cuts - The Greek parliament is expected to vote on a package of austerity measures that include wage freezes and higher taxes. The measures are highly unpopular in Greece and have led to street protests that have turned to violent clashes with police. Read the full story

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