1. CAR rebels sign pact to demobilise child soldiers: CAR state radio said former rebels signed a pact with the UN children's agency for the demobilisation of hundreds of child soldiers.
President Nicolas Sarkozy looked set to win a powerful majority as the French voted in runoff elections for parliament. Sarkozy won a comfortable majority but not as predicted in polls.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in an emergency Cabinet and outlawed the militia forces of the Islamic Hamas movement, deepening the violent rupture in Palestinian society.
Gianfranco Ferre, known as the "architect of fashion," died in Milan. He was the top designer for Christian Dior from 1989-1996.