June 2: Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigns over the issue of letting a U.S. base remain in Okinawa prefecture.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai escapes bid on life after a three-member Taliban suicide squad targets a peace meet in Kabul.
June 3: To test endurance during a simulated 520-day return flight to Mars, six researchers are locked up inside a mock spacecraft built near Moscow where they will spend the next 18 months.
Sir Paul McCartney is awarded the Gershwin Prize, the highest American award for popular song.
June 4: Naoto Kan is elected Japanese Prime Minister.
Indian-American Anamika Veeramani wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest.
June 5: Israeli troops take control of MV Rachel Corrie, an Irish flagged aid ship bound for Gaza.
June 6: The 160-metre Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi is recognised as the “furthest leaning manmade tower in the world by Guinness World Records.”
June 8: India and the Czech Republic sign three agreements. A Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation is set up.
June 9: The Dutch cast ballots in parliamentary polls.
The U.N. imposes fresh sanctions against Iran.
American novelist Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna wins the year’s £30,000 Orange Prize for fiction, Britain’s highly-regarded literary honour for women writers.
June 13: The first results from Belgium’s general election confirm a breakthrough for Flemish separatists.
Iran, Pakistan finalise gas pipeline deal.
June 14: U.S. geologists discover $ 1 trillion worth of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan.
June 15: The toll in Kyrgyzstan ethnic strife touches 170.
Swiss MPs approve tax deal with with the U.S.
June 16: British Petroleum agrees to pay $ 20 billion into an oil spill fund.
June 17: An Australian teenager is arrested in a Melbourne suburb for the January 2 murder of Indian student Nitin Garg.
The European Union approves sanctions that target Iran’s key energy sector.
June 18: Pakistani-American terror suspect Faisal Shahzad is indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan in the botched Times Square car bombing.
June 20: Poles cast ballots in snap presidential polls.
Iran hangs Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the Pakistan-based Jundallah group for violent incidents in the country.
June 21: Pakistan-born American Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to the Times Square car bomb bid 100 times.
June 23: The U.S. President Barack Obama removes General Stanley McChrystal as the top NATO commander in Afghanistan.
June 24: Julia Gillard is sworn in Australia’s first woman Prime Minister.
France is paralysed by a general strike in protest against the government’s decision to revise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
India, Pakistan resume Composite Dialogue process, on hold since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
June 26: The G8 summit in Canada renews its ban on the sale of enrichment and reprocessing technology to India.
June 27: The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warns against a double dip recession at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada.
Guineans cast ballots in the West African nation’s first democratic election since independence in 1958.
Kyrgyzstan voters approve a new Constitution in a referendum backing radical changes from a presidential to a parliamentary form of government.
India and Canada sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement in Toronto.
G-20 leaders agree on a timetable for cutting deficits. Joint declaration welcomes resumption of India-Pakistan talks.
June 28: India and Japan begin talks on civil nuclear cooperation in Tokyo.
June 29: China and Taiwan sign a historic pact – the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing.
The Maldives Cabinet resigns after a standoff with the Opposition.
The U.S. arrests a couple and nine other members of an alleged Russian spy ring in the last three days.
June 30: Nepal’s Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigns after being at the helm for 13 months.
The U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to revamp the financial regulatory system.
Benigno Aquino III is sworn in the Philippines President.
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