Ukrainian former Interior Ministry official Oleksiy Pukach confesses to murdering journalist Georgiy R. Gongadze and implicates other high-ranking officials.


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that it could arm its allies in the Gulf and extend a "defense umbrella" over the region, if Iran goes nuclear.

Republic of Ireland

Ireland's Council of State meets to consider two pieces of controversial legislation at Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin.

President McAleese has indictated that her decision on whether she will refer two pieces of legislation to the Supreme Court to test their constitutionality will be announced tomorrow.


The first Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 case is found in Canada, bringing the world total of such cases to five.

Total solar eclipse

The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century takes place over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century cast a shadow over much of Asia, plunging hundreds of millions into darkness.

Permanent Court of Arbitration's

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issues a decision on the borders of Abyei, a region subject to violent contention in Sudan.


Chinese and Russian troops begin a five-day joint military drill, aimed at boosting their ability to fight terrorism.