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What Happened on 31 May 2012

Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been jailed for 50 years for helping Sierra Leonean rebels commit what has been… Read More.

UN confirms new spate of killings in Syria

United Nations observers have confirmed the discovery of 13 shooting victims in Syria, less than a week after the… Read More.

Seven killed, 25 wounded in Iraq bomb blasts

A number of bomb attacks in Baghdad has killed at least seven people and wounded 25 others. The… Read More.

Olympus to cut 2,500 jobs

Japan's Olympus plans to cut 2,500 jobs and sell an equity stake to either Sony or Panasonic in a bid… Read More.

France jobless claims hit record levels

France had more jobseekers in April than any other time this century as numbers rose for a twelfth consecutive… Read More.

Eurozone setup "unsustainable", says ECB chief

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has said the current setup of the eurozone is “unsustainable” and has urged… Read More.

Torres ends goalless year with Spain

Striker Fernando Torres has ended a yearlong goal drought for Spain as the world and European champions beat South… Read More.

Swansea soccer club's Rodgers offered Liverpool coach post

Liverpool has offered Swansea City coach Brendan Rodgers a job as Kenny Dalgish’s successor. Swansea said discussions were still underway… Read More.

IP traffic to grow at annual rate of 29% until 2016

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems expects Internet Protocol traffic to grow at an annual rate of 29 percent in the… Read More.

Former Finnish PM to leave Nokia

Former Finnish prime minister Esko Aho, who has headed Nokia’s government and public affairs department, is to step down from… Read More.

Debut novelist wins Orange Prize for Fiction

Debut American novelist Madeline Miller has won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction with The Song of Achilles, a story… Read More.

Thailand angered by Lady Gaga fake Rolex tweet

Thailand's government has complained to the United States about a tweet by pop star Lady Gaga about buying a… Read More.