Four of the suspected conspirators involved in the Megaupload.com charges were arrested in New Zealand. A cruise ship, The Concordia, crashed into a reef on the small Tuscan island, Giglio. The European Union will ban the import of Iranian crude oil and prohibit forms of trade. Standard & Poor downgraded European governments and stripped the bailout fund of its AAA status.
The month's biggest international stories: the bombings in Damascus, the violent aftermath of the Congo elections, Kim Jong Il's death and the Brazilian oil spill.
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck 115 miles to the southeast of Santa Ana, Bolivia at a depth of approximately 330 miles. Residents of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, located about 215 miles from Santa Ana, felt the quake.
After a powerful earthquake struck Turkey a few days ago, rescuers are still working around the clock in all types of weather to retrieve victims who are buried underneath the rubble. The earthquake killed 534 people and has left thousands of people without homes.
Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who, after the killing of Osama bin Laden, became the world's most wanted man. His 42-year reign came to an end when rebels captured him and his son Muatassim in the town of Surt, Gaddafi's birthplace.