Louisiana: Two sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana were shot dead and two others wounded after an early-morning shootout in St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans.
Cape Town: South Africa’s police ministry has said more than 30 people have died after officers opened fire on striking workers at a mine.
Damascus: The Syrian rebels on Thursday demanded western powers to help them in fight against the regime led by President Bashar-al-Assad otherwise they could turn to al Qaeda for help.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been sued by eleven cops who were part of his security personnel. They accused Emanuel of discriminating against them for political and racial motives.
New York: Time magazine has decided to reinstate its columnist Fareed Zakaria, saying it has completed a review of his work.
Oslo: Oeystein Maeland, Norway police head, has resigned in the wake of a report that suggests that Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik could have been stopped and 77 people might not lose their lives.
Baghdad: At least 40 people were killed in Iraq after several blasts and shooting incidents took place in the war-torn country, underscoring the country’s uphill struggle to stamp out a stubborn insurgency.
London: WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has been granted asylum by Ecuador on Thursday, a day after Britain allegedly threatened it would raid the Ecuadorean embassy in London to arrest him.
Smoke, donkey mascot for US Marines in Iraq, has died in Nebraska. Smoke became lethargic and died this week after frolicking with miniature horses at Miracle Hills Ranch and Stable north of Omaha.
Moscow: A Russian aeroplane en route to Moscow from New York made an emergency landing in Iceland on Thursday after authorities got a call from an anonymous caller that there were explosives in the plane.