Senegalese citizens cast their ballots in presidential elections on Sunday. The country has been plagued by violent demonstrations against President Abdoulaye Wade's re-election bid in the weeks preceding the elections, after Wade decided to run for a controversial third term.
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The 84th annual Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday in Hollywood, California. "The Artist," a silent movie, won five Oscars, including those for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.
Last week in Iraq, a spate of car bombings, shootings and explosions targeting mostly Shia neighbourhoods left at least 55 dead across the country.
Thousands of people with white ribbons and white balloons protested in Russia, demanding fair presidential elections in Russia on March 4. Vladimir Putin, currently the prime minister, is widely expected to win - despite the blossoming of an anti-Putin protest movement this winter.
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After 66 days, Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan - whom doctors had said was near death - ended his hunger strike against his detention by Israel. Adnan, who had been held without charge or trial by the Israeli military, agreed to a deal in which he will be set free in April.
On Wednesday, two journalists - French photographer Remi Ochlik and American correspondent Marie Colvin - were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, when rockets fired by Syrian government forces hit the house they were staying in.
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Ninety-three-year-old Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital on Saturday to undergo laparoscopic surgery, after doctors recommended the former South African President receive specialist medical attention for a long-standing abdominal complaint.
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning declined to enter a plea at his arraignment at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Thursday. He was formally charged with turning over a cache of classified US documents to the website WikiLeaks. If Manning is convicted, he could face life in prison.
Al Jazeera English was named News Channel of the Year at this year's Royal Television Society Awards, beating out competitors BBC News and Sky News.
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The New York Police Department has come under fire following revelations that officers crossed into neighbouring New Jersey to conduct surveillance on Muslim communities there, and monitored the websites of Muslim Students Association chapters across the Northeast.