U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives in Beirut ahead of June parliamentary elections. He’s the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Lebanon since the early 1980s.
Pakistan troops claim they have encircled the Taliban in the Swat Valley. Fighting there has displaced over two million civilians.
A radio journalist is killed in Somalia as government troops battle al-Shabab militants for control of Mogadishu. The fighting has killed over a 100 and displaced 46,000.
Malawi’s president Bingu wa Mutharika wins re-election among charges of vote rigging.
Three former military commanders that led a 300-man tank battalion in a revolt against the Georgian government are shot by Georgian police, one fatally.
Fathi al-Jami, Libya’s best-known dissident, dies of at 68 of apparent untreated complications from a heart ailment. Jami was convicted in 2005 of trying to overthrow the Libyan government by calling for a free press and fair elections.
North Korea launches a limited mobile internet service targeted at government-approved users.