Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Dec. 7, 2011. Blagojevich had been previously convicted of 18 criminal counts involving the attempted sale of a U.S. Senate seat, illegal shakedowns for campaign funds and lying to federal agents.
Iranian Muslims commemerated the Ashura event, the death of Imam Hussein in the 7th century, in Tehran, Iran. The Shiite holiday mourns the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson in the battle of Karbala in 680 A.D.
This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors were musician Yo-Yo Ma, actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, jazz great Sonny Rollins and actress Barbara Cook. The Kennedy Center Honors are given annually to salute a select group for their contributions to the performance arts in America.
Eleven months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak 45 million Egyptians are voting in the first round of six for it's upper and lower houses of parliament. The complicated process will take four months to conclude. Presidential elections are expected to be held in 2012.
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