Captain Chesley Sullenberger is hailed as a hero after landing his plane on the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
Barack Obama, who made history by becoming the first black president of the United States, was sworn in as the 44th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in front of the Capitol in Washington.
A three-week Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza ended in January, and according to Palestinian medical sources in Gaza at least 1,300 Palestinians were killed. The Israeli army said 13 Israelis, including three civilians, had been killed.
Australia launched its biggest-ever arson investigation following the bush fires that swept across the state of Victoria, claiming more than 200 lives.
US President Barack Obama warned of "difficult days ahead" in Iraq as US troops withdraw from towns and cities, six years after the invasion. Here a young boy reacts upon seeing his father return from a 12 month tour in Iraq.
The rapid spread of the swine flu pandemic led the World Health Organization to focus on quick response to severe outbreaks to minimise impact.
Pictures from Russian PM Vladimir Putin's summer break in Siberia, designed to stoke his action-man image, were released. Mr Putin was shown standing on a rocky mountain slope, resting in the branches of a tree and swimming in a river.
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was sent into exile on 28 June amid a power struggle over his plans for constitutional change, which triggered the biggest political crisis in Central America for many years.
Leaders of the G8 developed nations pledged $20bn (£12bn) for efforts to boost food supplies to the hungry, on the final day of a summit in Italy.
China overtook the US as the world's largest producer of greenhouse gases.
Widespread protests took place in Tehran following the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here a supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is attacked.
US President Barack Obama announced that another 30,000 American troops would be deployed quickly in Afghanistan.
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