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What Happened on 02 May 2012

Le Pen to cast blank vote in French presidential runoff

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to endorse either President Nicolas Sarkozy or Socialist candidate Francois Hollande… Read More.

Obama vows to end war in Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to end the war in Afghanistan, speaking during a televised address to Americans back… Read More.

Aung San Suu Kyi sworn in to parliament

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sworn in as a member of Myanmar’s parliament after her party’s victory… Read More.

Toyota car sales increase in the U.S.

Toyota sales in the U.S. increased by 11.6 percent in April compared to the same period last year. The rise… Read More.

Dow Jones closes at four-year high on the back of positive manufacturing data

The Dow Jones index in New York closed at its highest level for than four years on Tuesday after data… Read More.

Rupert Murdoch unfit to run business, rule British lawmakers

British lawmakers investigating phone hacking at the tabloid News of the World ruled on Tuesday that global media tycoon Rupert… Read More.

World snooker champion Stephen Hendry retires

Seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry has announced his retirement following a 13-2 defeat by Stephen Maguire. Hendry announced his… Read More.

Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen passes away

Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen has passed away in the United States at the age of 26. Dale Oen… Read More.

Digital books up by 54% in 2011

Digital book sales rose by 54 percent last year and are estimated to be worth $394 million to the publishing… Read More.

Facebook to promote organ donation

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that the social networking site is looking to help solve the organ donation… Read More.

2012 Turner Prize shortlist announced

Four British artists have been shortlisted for this year’s $40,550 Turner Prize. Two filmmakers, a performance artist and a classic… Read More.

Oscar venue renamed as Dolby Theatre

Audio company Dolby Laboratories has purchased the naming rights for the 3,400-seat Oscar Awards ceremony venue. Dolby has signed a… Read More.