The BBC announced that Huw Edwards will be the principal commentator at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. David Dimbleby who had been thought likely to get the job as a final Royal assignment said, “Funerals are now more my thing.”

A report by the International Criminal Court implicated six leading Kenyan politicians in the riots and killings that followed a flawed election in 2008, The present Kenyan coalition government has not conducted an inquiry into the events that almost led to a civil war and the ICC may decide to undertake the task itself.

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, avoided a no-confidence resolution in the Italian parliament by three votes. It was the third recent attempt to displace Berlusconi, partly for his economic policies and partly for his personal behaviour.

In Britain Julian Assange, the director of WilkiLeaks, was released on substantial bail from custody until a later hearing of Sweden's call for his extradition to face charges of rape there.

Unemployment hit a 16-year high in Britain at 2.5 million; the figure reflected the dismissal of some 33'000 government staff following the first austerity measures of the coalition government.

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