President Obama ordered an inquiry into how a young Nigerian who was on a security “watch list” was able to board a US plane in Holland bound for Detroit where he unsuccessfully attempted to detonate explosive material just before landing. The President said that the security failure was “unacceptable”.

Turmoil in Iran continued after security forces fired on opposition protestors in several cities; more than one thousand people were arrested and the Opposition leader Mir Hosein Mousavi said he was ready to be martyr for a free Iran.

The contract for the first civilian nuclear energy project in the Arab world was won by a South Korean consortium, defeating competition from America, France and Japan for four nuclear generators in the United Arab Emirates at a cost of US$40 billion.

A British citizen, Akmal Shaikh, was executed in China after being convicted of smuggling heroin despite strong protests from the British government and humanitarian agencies.

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