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Events in May 2010

May 1 A major bomb scare rattles New York’s Times Square. Full Story
May 2 The European Union and the IMF approve a $146 billion package to rescue debt-ridden Greece. Full Story
The Maoists launch an indefinite general strike in Nepal seeking the formation of a national government led by them. Full Story
May 3 Sri Lankan journalist J. S. Tissainayagam is pardoned by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Court martial hearing against former General Sarath Fonseka is suspended. Full Story
Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen is arrested in connection with Times Square Car bomb incident, after authorities recall a flight soon after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Full Story
May 5 Mauritians cast ballots in general elections. Full Story
Three persons are killed in a fire at a bank as protests turn violent in Greece on a day of nationwide strike against the government’s austerity plan. Full Story
Nigerian President Umaru Yar’ Adua passes away after a long illness. Full Story
May 6 Britons cast ballots in a closely contested general election in a generation. Full Story
Goodluck Jonathan is sworn in Nigerian President. Full Story
The three-party alliance of Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam wins 41 of the 60 seats in the Mauritius National Parliament. Full Story
Researchers announce sequencing of the genetic blueprint of Neander Poly from bones found in Vindija, Croatia.
May 7 The British election throws up a hung parliament and the Labour Party handed down defeat after 13 years in Power. Shahabana Mahmood and Yasmin Qureshi become Britain’s first women Muslim MPs. Full Story
Myanmar’s National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi ceases to exist. Full Story
World Wide Web launches Arabic URLs, Egypt begins registering names under the misr domain
A massive peace assembly is held in Nepal capital Kathmandu. Maoists withdraw indefinite general strike. Full Story
May 9 Russia marks 65th anniversary of victory in World War II with a spectacular military parade in Moscow’s Red Square. Full Story
A strong earthquake of 7.2 magnitude strikes off Indonesia’s Aceh Province. Full Story
The European Union announces a €750 billion special European fund to bailout failing euro zone economics.
At least 52 coal miners are killed after methane blasts at a mine in Siberia, Russia. Full Story
May 10 At least 66 people are killed and 146 wounded as terrorists unleash a wave of violence in Iraq.
Filipinos cast votes in general elections.
May 11 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigns. Full Story
May 12 Conservative leader David Cameron assumes office as Britain’s Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg takes over as Deputy Prime Minister. William Hague is the new Foreign Secretary and George Osborne the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Full Story
At least 103 people among them 70 Dutch nationals are killed as a Libyan Airbus jet crashes while trying to land at Tripoli Airport. A Dutch boy Ruben Ven Assouw (9) alone survives. Full Story
Seven school children are hacked to death at a kindergarten in China’s Shaanxi province.
The Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva cancels a proposed November 14 election and calls off talks with anti-government protesters.
May 13 The chief ministry advisor of Thailand’s anti-government protesters Khattiya Sawasdipol is shot at in Bangkok.
Social activist Ela Bhalt receives the Niwano Peace Prize for 2010 for her contribution to the uplift of poor women in India. Full Story
India and Venezuela sign a pact to develop a $20-billion oil project in Orinoco region. Full Story
The 63rd Cannes Film Festival opens with the premiere of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Full Story
May 14 Seven persons are killed and more than 100 injured in clashes between Thai troops and “Red Shirt” anti-government protesters in Bangkok. Full Story
Space Shuttle Atlantis begins its last mission to the International Space Station. Full Story
May 15 Two days of clashes result in 17 deaths in Thailand. At least 140 are injured. Full Story
Australian schoolgirl sailor Jessica Watson sails into history becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop and without help. Full Story
May 16 A number of major airports across the U.K. are closed due to renewed threat from Icelandic volcanic ash. Full Story
Rima Fakih, a Lebanese immigrant is crowned Miss USA in Los Vegas making her the first ever Arab-American to win the title. Full Story
May 17 Iran signs nuclear fuel swap deal with Brazil and Turkey after 18 hours of negotiations in Tehran. Full Story
The Euro plunges to a four-year low in volatile Tokyo trade. Full Story
The U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Daniel Pearl Freedom of Press Act into law. Full Story
May 18 The Obama administration announces deal with major powers to impose new sanctions on Iran. Full Story
Eighteen persons are killed and 47 injured after a suicide car bomber attacks a NATO convoy in Afghanistan capital Kabul. Full Story
A bicycle bomb kills 12 persons in the Dera Ismail Khan area of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (formerly North West Frontier Province) in Pakistan. Full Story
U.S. geneticist Craig Venter creates synthetic life by building the genome of a bacterium from scratch and incorporating it into a cell. Full Story
May 19 Thailand’s security forces crush a two-month protest by Red Shirts after storming a barricaded campsite in Ratchaprasong in Bangkok’s commercial district. At least six persons, including a foreign journalist are killed. Full Story
The French Cabinet approves a draft law to ban burqa from public spaces. Full Story
A bill to reform Wall Street fails to clear the U.S. Senate. Full Story
Anglo-Irish writer J. G. Farrell is posthumously awarded a special one-off “lost” Booker Prize for his novel Troubles published in 1970.
May 21 A Japanese rocket launches a Venus probe and a kite-shaped “space yacht” Ikaros from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan. Full Story
May 20 U.S. Senate passes a filibuster-proof bill on financial reform “Volcker rule” to restrict banks’ investment in hedge funds. Full Story
May 22 Arjun Vajpai (16), a schoolboy from New Delhi becomes the youngest Indian to successfully climb Mount Everest. Apa Sherpa climbs peak for a record 20th time. Full Story
Jordan Romero (13), from Big Bear, California becomes the youngest person in the world to conquer Mt. Everest. Full Story
May 23 Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul wins the Palmed’Or at the Cannes film festival for a surreal reincarnation fala Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Javier Bardem and Elio Germano share best actor award. France’s Juliette Binoche is named best actress. Full Story
British screenwriter Simon Monjack, husband of late actor Brittany Murphy is found dead at his Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles. Full Story
May 24 South Korea announces “far-reaching trade restrictions” against North Korea.
May 25 Argentina turns 200.
The Pakistan Supreme Court upholds Lahore High Court’s decision to free Jama’at-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest. Full Story
May 26 Shuttle Atlantis wraps up a 25-year career, including 32 missions covering 120 million miles and lands at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Full Story
May 27 President Pratibha Patil seeks China’s backing ro a permanent UNSC seat for India during the summit meeting with President Hu Jintao. Full Story
North Korea scraps pact with South Korea on the Prevention of naval clashes between them. Seoul launches anti-submarine drills off its west coast. Full Story
Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), an international programme to protect forests, gets nod at a meeting in Oslo.
May 28 Ninety-five people are killed and 70 injured in terrorist attacks on two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan. Full Story
Nepal parties agree to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly by a year. Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to step down. Full Story
Ready for a “new starting point”, top Chinese leaders tell President Pratibha Patil. An Indian-style temple is dedicated to the people of China in Luoyang Henan province. Full Story
May 30 David Laws, Britain’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury resigns over charges of abuse of parliamentary expenses rules. Full Story
Colombians cast ballots in presidential polls.
May 31 Nine persons are killed after Israeli commandos attack a high-profile Gaza-bound six-ship aid flotilla, trying to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip by Tel Aviv since June 2007. Full Story
The German President Horst Koehler resigns following criticism of his comments about the nation’s mission in Afghanistan. Full Story
At least 179 people are killed as tropical storm Agatha batters Central America, with Guatemala bearing the brunt. Full Story

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