At least 40 people, most believed to be civilians, are killed near Miranshah after United States drones bomb Pakistan in the deadliest such attack by the United States since 2006. Tribesmen describe a "massacre" as tribal people, elders, local traders and members of the tribal police are killed. (BBC)(The Nation)
The United Nations Security Council after the failure of Libyan authorities to comply with its "1970 resolution" of 26 February 2011, adopts "Resolution 1973" (UN Security Council resolutions 1970 & 1973) that imposes a No-fly zone over Libya (The Guardian), (CNN), enforcing the arms embargo, freezing Libya's assets, and banning travel of Libyan officials involved in recruiting mercenaries, by "All means necessary" an addition that bypasses the UNSCR 1970's military intervention prevention and imposes a "no-fly zone", initially rejected on UNSCR 1970.
The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay condemns the "shocking" use of force against protesters. (BBC). While UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone with Bahrain’s King Hamad ibn Isa al Khalifa, expressing his deepest concern over reports of excessive and indiscriminate use of force by the country’s police and security forces against unarmed civilians, including medical personnel. (UN News Centre)
Gennady Yanin, the director of the Russian Bolshoi ballet troupe, resigns and is replaced by Yan Godovsky. Russian media wonders if erotic photos which appeared on the internet, allegedly of him, were part of a smear campaign. (BBC)
President Hugo Chávez backtracks on plans to develop nuclear power in Venezuela saying he has noted the ongoing crisis in Japan and that the use of nuclear energy is "something extremely risky and dangerous for the whole world". (BBC)
Chancellor Angela Merkel announces a "measured exit" from nuclear power for Germany as it can no longer be "business as usual" following events in Japan. (BBC)
China suspends new nuclear plans due to events in Japan. (BBC)
Officials suggest Haiti's first democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is to return there tomorrow after seven years exile in South Africa. The U.S. expresses concern at this development, fearing Aristide could "destabalise" Haiti. (BBC)