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Here are the key news events of the year organized into three categories: World News, Nation News, and Business, Society, and Science News.


2007 Events (World)


January 2007






Former Communist Countries Admitted into European Union (Jan. 1): Romania and Bulgaria's entry expands the European Union to 27 nations and a population of about 490 million.

U.S. Launches Air Strike in Somalia (Jan. 8): Air Force gunship targets suspected al-Qaeda operatives who were forced to flee Mogadishu following Ethiopian air strikes that routed Islamist militias.

Chávez Moves to Assert Greater Control (Jan. 8): President of Venezuela says he will nationalize the telecommunications and electricity industries.

Somali Leader Arrives in Mogadishu (Jan. 8): President Abdullahi Yusuf enters the capital for the first time since assuming control of the interim government in 2004. Government troops and Ethiopian soldiers recently forced Islamist fighters from the city.

Standoff Follows U.S. Raid of Iranian Office in Iraq (Jan. 11): Troops storm an Iranian diplomatic office in Kurdish-controlled Erbil and detain five people. Kurdish officials are outraged at the move, and about 100 Kurdish troops stop U.S. troops from crossing a checkpoint.

Bangladeshi Leader Declares State of Emergency (Jan. 11): Responding to claims of corruption on the electoral commission and threats by an alliance of political parties to boycott Jan. 22 election, President Iajuddin Ahmed declares a state of emergency, resigns as head of the interim government, and postpones elections.

Mistake Made in Execution of Iraqi Official (Jan. 15): Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, the half-brother of Saddam Hussein who was also sentenced to death for his role in the 1982 execution of Shiites in Dujail, is decapitated by the noose during his execution.

UN Announces Iraqi Civilian Death Toll (Jan. 16): Tally of death certificates and reports from morgues, hospitals, and other institutions indicates more than 34,000 Iraqi civilians died in 2006.

Toll High in Baghdad Violence (Jan. 16): At least 70 people die when three bombs explode in attacks at the mostly Shiite Mustansiriya University. (Jan. 21): Some 27 U.S. soldiers die over a two-day period in Iraq. (Jan. 22): Nearly 90 people are killed when two car bombs explode in a crowded market at lunchtime. The neighborhood is dominated by Shiites.

Israeli President Suspends Himself (Jan. 25): Parliamentary committee approves Moshe Katsav's request to suspend himself after Israel's attorney general announces that he would indict Katsav on charges of rape, sexual harassment, abuse of power, and other charges. Katsav denies the charges, calling them part of a “witch hunt.”

Billions Pledged for Lebanon at Aid Conference (Jan. 25): At a meeting in Paris, 30 countries promise about $7.6 billion in aid for Lebanon. The conference coincides with deadly violence in Beirut that kills four and wounds about 150 people.

Sinn Fein Votes in Favor of Revamped Police Force (Jan. 28): Sinn Fein endorses a plan to support the police in Northern Ireland. Over 15 years, the composition of the force will change to reflect the population of the province. Vote clears the path to pursue a power-sharing government between Catholic and Protestant parties.

Hundreds Die in Battle in Iraq (Jan. 28): As many as 250 are killed near Najaf as American and Iraqi troops fight with a Shiite militia. An American helicopter is shot down in the battle.
British Police Arrest Nine in Suspected Terrorism Plot (Jan. 31): Suspects, arrested in Birmingham, are accused of plotting to kidnap, torture, and kill a British Muslim soldier.

Chávez Given Enhanced Powers (Jan. 31): Venezuela’s legislature votes to grant the president broad power to enact laws at his discretion.







Nation




NATO, Pakistan discuss closer security cooperation IRNA 30 Jan 2007 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz met the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels Tuesday afternoon and discussed military, security and political cooperation as well as the situation in Afghanistan.


Analysis: Pakistan’s Lack of Border Control cfr.org 24 Jan 2007 -- The frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan serves as the flash point for tensions between the two countries as Kabul grows increasingly critical of Islamabad's seeming inability to control cross-border raids by Islamic militants


Afghanistan: Kabul Sharing Intelligence With Pakistan, NATO RFE/RL 24 Jan 2007 -- The NATO-led force International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan, and Pakistan have set up a joint intelligence-sharing center at ISAF headquarters in Kabul.


Pakistan plans major operation against Taliban: police IRNA 18 Jan 2007 -- Police chief in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan said on Thursday that a major operation against Taliban suspects will soon be launched in the province.


Pakistan military rejects Afghan charges IRNA 18 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan military on Thursday rejected a claim from a captured Taliban spokesman that it is sheltering the movement's leader, Mullah Omar.


U.S. Intelligence Chief Says Pakistan Must Address 'Sanctuary' For Taliban RFE/RL 18 Jan 2007 -- The head of U.S. intelligence operations says Pakistan must do more to address the "sanctuary" that Taliban fighters enjoy in Pakistan before security can improve in Afghanistan.


Islamabad Denies Mullah Omar Sheltered in Pakistan VOA 18 Jan 2007 -- A Taleban spokesman has told Afghan authorities that the militant Islamic group's leader, Mullah Omar, is living inside Pakistan under the protection of the country's main intelligence agency, the ISI

South Asia: Captured Taliban Fuels Islamabad-Kabul Fire RFE/RL 18 Jan 2007 -- A captured Taliban spokesman, known as Mohammad Hanif, has claimed that the leader of Afghanistan's former Taliban regime is living in Pakistan under the protection of that country's intelligence service.


Pakistan gives detailed plan to settle Siachen conflict IRNA 17 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan has given to India a "detailed and comprehensive package" to resolve the conflict over Siachen, the world's highest battleground, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said on Tuesday.


India Says Pakistani Troops Shoot to Cover for Militants VOA 17 Jan 2007 -- Indian border patrol officials say Pakistani forces have fired on Indian personnel, in an attempt to provide cover for militants trying to cross into Indian-controlled Kashmir


Pakistani forces attack militants' compounds IRNA 16 Jan 2007 -- Pakistani forces used helicopter gunships to bomb suspected militant hideouts in the tribal region near the rugged Afghan border early Tuesday, the military said.


Pakistan Army Strikes Al-Qaida Camps Near Afghan Border VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan forces launched a powerful air strike against a series of suspected al-Qaida military camps in the country's tribal region near the Afghan border Tuesday

Pakistan Chooses Raytheon's Proven Air Defense Missiles to Secure Borders Raytheon 15 Jan 2007 -- The country of Pakistan has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of 500 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) - generating the largest single international AMRAAM purchase -- and 200 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles.


Pakistan Navy to get first P-3C Orion on January 18: Naval Chief IRNA 14 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan Navy (PN) will get the first of eight American-made long-range maritime surveillance aircraft P-3C Orion on January 18, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir said on Saturday.


Pakistan, India agree to hold new round of talks IRNA 13 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan and India on Saturday agreed to launch the fourth round of composite dialogue in March, hold official level talks on Siachin and Sir Creek issues, hold joint ministerial commission meeting and complete work on liberalization of visa regime.


Indian Foreign Minister in Pakistan for Talks VOA 13 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan and India held talks to review progress in their slow-moving three-year-old peace dialogue Saturday

Complexity Marks Pakistan-US Relationship on Counterterrorism VOA 12 Jan 2007 -- Remarks by outgoing U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte have sparked an angry reaction from Pakistan

Pakistan Rejects US Assertion of New Al-Qaida Headquarters VOA 12 Jan 2007 -- Pakistani officials sharply reject U.S. comments alleging al-Qaida has re-established its global headquarters in Pakistan

Northrop Grumman to Provide Pakistan Air Force with F-16 Fire Control Radar Systems Northrop Grumman 10 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide its advanced AN/APG-68(V)9 airborne fire control radar capability for a total of 52 F-16 fighter aircraft for the Pakistan Air Force.


Pakistan to go ahead with border fencing, mining: spokesperson IRNA 09 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan said Monday that it would go ahead with selective fencing and mining of its border with Afghanistan and that the army has been tasked to identify problem areas along some 2500 kilometers of the border.


UN calls on Afghanistan, Pakistan to end war of words and cooperate in fighting Taliban UN News Centre 08 Jan 2007 -- A senior United Nations official in Afghanistan today called on the Afghan and Pakistani governments to end their mutual recriminations and cooperate in fighting the Taliban insurgency in the south of the war-torn country, saying it is being fuelled from both sides of the border and urging greater action against the rebellion in Pakistan itself.
Pakistan, India to finalize agreement of avoidance nuclear accidents: official IRNA 08 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan and India are working to finalize three agreements including avoidance of nuclear accidents and visa liberalization which will be hopefully signed during the forthcoming visit of the Indian Foreign Minister to Islamabad.





Business/Science/Society


Catholic Church Officials Resign in Poland (Jan. 7): A month after being appointed archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI, Stanislaw Wielgus resigns after admitting to collaborating with the Polish secret police during the Communist era. (Jan. 8): Rev. Janusz Bielanski, the rector of Krakow's Wawel Cathedral, also steps down for his involvement with the Communist Secret Service.


Cancer Deaths Decrease in the United States (Jan. 17): American Cancer Society reports that cancer deaths fell by 3,014 cases from 2003–2004. It's the second consecutive year the number of deaths has dropped.





February 2007




Analysis of Iraq Expresses Doubt on Leadership (Feb. 2): National Intelligence Estimate finds the Iraqi leadership is likely too weak to hold the country together, the military is ill-equipped to rein in militias, and U.S. troops are necessary to stabilize Iraq.

Violence Escalates Between Palestinian Factions (Feb. 2): At least 17 people are killed as members of Hamas and Fatah fight in the Gaza Strip.

Massive Bomb Kills Dozens in Baghdad (Feb. 4): At least 130 people die when a truck bomb explodes in a crowded Shiite market.

U.S. and Iraq Begin a New Offensive (Feb. 7): Troops attempt to increase security in Baghdad to stem increasingly deadly attacks by insurgents and militias. (Feb. 18): At least 60 people die when a bomb tears through a crowded market in Baghdad. The attack comes two days after Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki called the security offensive a “dazzling success.” (Feb. 25): A bomb explodes at Baghdad’s Mustansiriya University, killing about 40 people, mostly students.

Palestinian Factions Agree to Form Coalition Government (Feb. 8): Leaders from Hamas and Fatah, two Palestinian factions that have been engaged in deadly violence, meet in Mecca and reach deal to end the fighting and to form a unity government.

U.S. Military Officials Say Iran is Supplying Weapons to Shiites in Iraq (Feb. 11): Officials show weapons, including mortar shells, rocket-propelled grenades, and explosively formed penetrators that they say were manufactured in Iranian factories. They also say that Iranian government officials sanctioned the transfer of the weapons to Iraq.

Portugal Votes in Favor of Legalizing Abortion (Feb. 11): More than 59% of voters support legalizing the procedure in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Because of a low turnout, however, the referendum is not considered valid.

President of Guinea Declares Martial Law (Feb. 12): President Lansana Conté declares martial law in response to a wave of anti-government protests and a general strike that has paralyzed the country. Demonstrators are demanding that Conté resign. (Feb. 27): The strike ends as President Conté agrees to name diplomat Lansana Kouyaté as prime minister. More than 100 people have died in battles with security officials during the strike.
Breakthrough Reached with North Korea (Feb. 13): At a meeting in Beijing with diplomats from the U.S., China, South Korea, Russia, and Japan, North Korea agrees to dismantle its nuclear facilities and allow international inspectors to enter the country in exchange for about $400 million in oil and aid.

Dozens Die in India Train Bombing (Feb. 18): Some 70 people die when two homemade bombs explode on a train headed for Pakistan from India.

Southern Thailand Rocked by Bombs (Feb. 18): Some 30 coordinated bombs explode at bars, hotels, and electricity transmitters in Pattani Province, killing or wounding 60 people.

Italian Prime Minister Resigns After Losing Key Vote in the Senate (Feb. 21): Romano Prodi submits his resignation after a measure about deploying more troops to Afghanistan and allowing the U.S. to expand a military base in Italy fails in the Senate. He has been in power only nine months. (Feb. 28): Prodi remains in power, as the Senate narrowly passes a vote of confidence in the prime minister’s weak government.

Blair Announces Plans to Withdraw Troops from Iraq (Feb. 21): British prime minister says as many as 1,600 of the 7,100 troops stationed in southern Iraq will leave in the next few months. “What all this means is not that Basra is how we want it to be, but it does mean that the next chapter in Basra’s history can be written by Iraqis,” Blair said.

Canada Court Strikes Down Law on Detention of Terror Suspects (Feb. 23): Country’s Supreme Court nullifies a law that permits foreign terrorism suspects to be detained indefinitely without charges while waiting for deportation. The Court’s decision is in stark contrast to a U.S. ruling that upheld such detentions.

International Court Calls Bosnian Massacre Genocide (Feb. 26): International Court of Justice rules that the slaughter of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serbs in Srebrenica in 1995 was genocide, but stops short of saying Serbia was directly responsible. The court’s president, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, criticizes Serbia for not preventing the genocide. Court also orders Serbia to turn over Bosnian Serb leaders, including Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karakzic, who are accused of genocide and other crimes.

Cheney Tells Pakistan to Control al-Qaeda and the Taliban (Feb. 26): U.S. vice president travels to Pakistan and urges Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf to rein in terrorists that are operating from remote tribal areas in Pakistan. Musharraf responds, “Pakistan does not accept dictation from any side or any source.”

Iraqi Cabinet Passes Draft on Oil Revenues (Feb. 26): Law calls on government to distribute oil revenues to regions based on their populations and allows regions to negotiate contracts with foreign companies to explore and develop oil fields.

U.S. Agrees to Talks With Iran and Syria (Feb. 27): In a policy shift, U.S. officials say they will participate in high-level talks with Iran and Syria at a meeting about Iraq.

Cheney Escapes Assassination Attempt in Afghanistan (Feb. 27): A suicide bomber attacks a United States base near Kabul, about a mile away from where the vice president was staying. The Taliban claims responsibility for the attack which killed more than 20 people.

Court Names Suspects in Darfur Atrocities (Feb. 27): International Criminal Court at the Hague names Ahmad Harun, Sudan’s deputy minister for humanitarian affairs, and Ali Abd-al-Rahman, a militia leader, as suspects in the murder, rape, and displacement of thousands of civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan.




Nation


US Intelligence Chief: Al-Qaida Grows Stronger in Pakistani Safe Havens VOA 27 Feb 2007 -- The top U.S. intelligence officer says Pakistan could make more energetic anti-terrorist efforts along the Afghan border


US Vice President Presses Pakistan on Taleban VOA 26 Feb 2007 -- Vice President Dick Cheney has made unannounced stops in Pakistan and Afghanistan

US Vice President Presses Pakistan on Taleban VOA 26 Feb 2007 -- Vice President Dick Cheney has made unannounced stops in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Analysis: Cheney Presses Pakistan cfr.org 26 Feb 2007 -- Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise stop in Islamabad to deliver a stern warning (NYT) to President Pervez Musharraf that Washington may reduce aid to Islamabad if he does not take a more offensive approach toward terrorists that have allegedly sought refuge close to the Afghan border


Pakistan Key Counterterrorism Ally, Says White House Washington File 26 Feb 2007 -- The United States considers Pakistan a vital ally in the struggle against terrorism and will look to its government for continued support as al-Qaida and the Taliban gear up to target neighboring Afghanistan in a new spring offensive, says White House spokesman Tony Snow.

Cheney, Musharraf Discuss War on Terrorism During Surprise Visit to Pakistan VOA 26 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit to Pakistan Monday, and warned of U.S. concerns that al Qaida militants might be regrouping inside Pakistan

U.S. Vice President Makes Surprise Visit To Pakistan RFE/RL 26 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit today to Pakistan, where he went straight into security-related talks with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.


India, Pakistan Sign Pact on Nuclear Weapons Security VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- India and Pakistan have signed a pact on nuclear weapons security and pledged their renewed commitment to a peace process


Pakistan Rejects Fresh Reports of Al-Qaida Activity VOA 20 Feb 2007 -- Pakistan is sharply rejecting new U.S. reports that the terrorist group al-Qaida has reestablished training bases inside the country's remote tribal areas.


Terrorism Suspected in Blasts Aboard India-to-Pakistan 'Peace Train' VOA 19 Feb 2007 -- More than 66 people, including many Pakistani nationals, have been killed in a fire aboard the only train linking India's capital with the Pakistani border


US Officials Urge Pakistan To Help Fight Taleban Threat Against Afghanistan VOA 14 Feb 2007 -- U.S. defense and military officials have told Congress Pakistan needs to do more to eliminate Taleban insurgents along the border with Afghanistan

LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $186 MILLION CONTRACT TO UPGRADE P-3C MARITIME SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT MISSION SYSTEMS FOR PAKISTAN NAVY Lockheed Martin 13 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $186.5 million Foreign Military Sale contract to continue providing mission system upgrades and sustainment work for seven P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


Gates, Pakistani President Discuss Border Issues AFPS 12 Feb 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan this morning at the president’s Camp Office in Rawalpindi.


PAKISTAN: ICRC to continue operations despite attack VOA 12 Feb 2007 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday confirmed that the agency would continue its work in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), having briefly suspending operations after an attack on its office on Saturday.


Pakistan Concerned about Possible Arms Race with India VOA 10 Feb 2007 -- A top Pakistani diplomat says rival India's spending spree on fighter jets and other state-of-the-art weaponry could start a regional arms race


Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashes IRNA 07 Feb 2007 -- A Mirage fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed in the eastern province of Punjab on Wednesday but the pilot was able to eject safely, an official said.

Vice Chairman: Pakistan Strong, Dedicated Ally in War on Terror AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Pakistan has proven to be a dedicated ally of the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview.


Bush Seeks Aid Increases For Afghanistan, Pakistan RFE/RL 06 Feb 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has submitted his proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 to the U.S. Congress.


Iran: Pakistani President Seeks Support To Curb Mideast Conflict RFE/RL 05 Feb 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is in Iran today for talks with President Mahmud Ahmedinjad and other Iranian leaders on how to break the cycle of violence in the Middle East region.


Pakistan to go ahead with Pak-Afghan border fencing: Musharraf IRNA 04 Feb 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, announcing selective fencing of 35 kilometers of the Pakistan-Afghan border, called for joint control of the border, immediate repatriation of Afghan refugees and checking of finances to curb the resurgence of the Taliban.


Pakistan Admits Security Forces Allowed Taleban Raids VOA 02 Feb 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has acknowledged that some members of his security forces have turned a "blind eye" to Taleban raids into neighboring Afghanistan

US Gives Eight Attack Helicopters to Pakistan VOA 02 Feb 2007 -- The United States has given Pakistan eight attack helicopters, bolstering the key U.S. ally's ability to combat Taleban and al-Qaida militants.





Business/Science/Society


Scientists Confirm Global Warming (Feb. 2): Three-year study by the influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global warming is very likely caused by human activity—specifically the emission and buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Report also says that the rise in temperatures and rising seas can be curtailed with quick action.
Florida Twister Kills Several (Feb. 2): Some 20 people die when tornadoes and thunderstorms rip through central Florida.


Harvard Names Its First Woman President (Feb. 11): Board of Overseers votes to name Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, as the university’s first female president in its 371-year history.
U.S. Mint Debuts New Dollar Coin (Feb. 15): The first coin features President Washington. The Mint plans to introduce a new dollar coin four times a year, one for each president of the United States, from Washington to Ford.


Stock Market Plummets (Feb. 28): Dow Jones industrial average falls 416 points, or 3.3% after the market in China takes a plunge of nearly 9%. U.S. economists blame the drop on anxiety about the economy.






March 2007





U.S. Troops Kill Several Civilians in Afghanistan (March 4): After a suicide attack near Jalalabad, American soldiers open fire on a road filled with civilians and kill 16 of them.

Dozens of Shiites Are Killed (March 6): Sunni insurgents attack pilgrims as they make their way to a religious ceremony in Karbala, killing about 120 people and wounding as many as 200.

Britain Moves to Introduce Elections to the House of Lords (March 7): House of Commons votes in favor of electing legislators to the upper chamber of Parliament, replacing current system of inherited or appointed seats.
Sept. 11 Organizer Said to Have Confessed (March 10): Khalid Shaikh Mohammed reportedly assumes responsibility for the attacks on the United States and a role in many others, including the 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center, a failed plan to bomb Big Ben in London, and assassination attempts on Pope John Paul II and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

French President Announces Plans to Retire (March 11): President Chirac announces his retirement after more than 40 years in politics. He did not, however, endorse a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.
Iraq Failing to Meet Timecap Set by U.S. (March 14): Pentagon report finds Iraq is lagging behind on meeting major political objectives, including holding local elections, ending de-Baathification laws, reforming the Constitution, and passing a law on distributing oil revenues.

Palestinians Form Unity Government (March 15): Leaders of Hamas and Fatah agree on a coalition government. The platform that outlines the government does not recognize Israel, accept earlier Israeli-Palestinian accords, or renounce violence, conditions required by Western countries before they resume aid to the Palestinian government. (March 17): The Palestinian legislature approves the Hamas-dominated unity government. Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniya, who is also the leader of Hamas, and Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority and the leader of Fatah, remain divided on important issues regarding Israel.

UN Security Council Approves Stricter Sanctions on Iran (March 24): Unanimously votes in favor of resolution that bans the sale or transfer of weapons and freezes the assets of 15 Iranians and 13 groups, many of which are associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, an elite military corps. Sanctions are meant to push Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

Iran Detains British Sailors (March 26): Iranian troops claim that the Britons, eight sailors and seven marines, were in Iranian territorial waters. British officials deny the allegation, saying they were in Iraqi waters. (March 28): Britain suspends all "bilateral business" with Iran in response to the crisis.

First Guantánamo Detainee Is Convicted (March 26): David Hicks, an Australian, pleads guilty to providing material support to al Qaeda. He's the first person to be convicted by a military commission set up by the Bush administration in late 2006. Hicks had trained at an al Qaeda camp.
Leaders of Northern Ireland Reach Historic Agreement (March 26): For the first time, Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, and Rev. Ian Paisley, the head of the Democratic Unionist Party, meet face-to-face and hash out an agreement for a power-sharing government. The new administration is set to take control in May.

New Ambassador Takes Over in Iraq (March 28): Seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker replaces Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been nominated to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Crocker previously served as the ambassador to Pakistan.

Arab Leaders Weigh In on Iraq and Israel (March 28): At the opening of the Arab League meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saudi King Abdullah calls the American occupation of Iraq "illegal." (March 29): The leaders of 21 Arab governments offer to normalize relations with Israel if it agrees to withdraw from the land it captured in the 1967 Middle East war, allows Palestinian refugees the right to return to the homes they lived in before the 1948 war, which are in what is now Israel, and agrees to the establishment of a Palestinian state with the capital in Jerusalem. (March 30): Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert says that Israel will not give Palestinian refugees the right to return to their original homes.

Dozens Are Killed in Iraq (March 29): Sectarian violence escalates as some 60 people are killed in a suicide attack in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. More than 30 others die in coordinated attacks in Khalis, a Shiite town. The attacks follow intense violence in Tal Afar, which claimed about 140 people in two days.




Nation


Pakistan Tries to Negotiate Peace in Tribal Areas VOA 29 Mar 2007 -- Pakistan is trying a new approach of negotiations and development projects to secure its volatile tribal regions
Pakistan: Crackdown Could Pose Threat To Central Asia RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- While reports say that more than 150 people have been killed this month in Waziristan in fighting between Uzbek militants and local tribesmen, it is difficult to obtain precise information on events in an area where the Pakistani government has almost no presence and exerts little influence.


Pakistani Militants Overwhelm Village Near Volatile Afghan Border VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- A large force of well-armed militants has overwhelmed a Pakistani village near the country's volatile border with Afghanistan


Analysis: Musharraf’s Faltering Grip cfr.org 27 Mar 2007 -- A few weeks after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Iftikar Chaudhry, Pakistan’s chief justice, demonstrations boil on around the country


Pakistan: Judicial Crisis Adds To Pressure On President RFE/RL 23 Mar 2007 -- President Pervez Musharraf's recent suspension of the Pakistani Supreme Court's chief justice has been met with protests by lawyers and judicial officials across the country, increasing pressure on Musharraf's embattled government.


Pakistan test-fires Cruise Missile IRNA 22 Mar 2007 -- Pakistan on Thursday successfully test-fired nuclear capable indigenously developed cruise missile, the military said.
Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable missile RIA Novosti 22 Mar 2007 -- Pakistan has carried out a successful launch of a cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the country's television channels reported Thursday.


Fighting Intensifies in Pakistan's Tribal Border Area VOA 22 Mar 2007 -- Pakistani officials say at least 135 people have been killed after four days of sometimes intense fighting between local and foreign militants in the country's remote tribal region


Pakistan tribesmen clashes kill 46: reports IRNA 21 Mar 2007 -- Latest clashes between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign militants have killed at least 46 people, including 35 militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, it was reported on Wednesday.


Dozens Dead In Clashes In Pakistan Tribal Region RFE/RL 21 Mar 2007 -- Reports say at least 50 people have been killed in continuing clashes between Al-Qaeda-linked militants -- most of them Uzbeks -- and tribesmen near the Pakistani border with Afghanistan.


United States Urges “Utmost” Restraint After Pakistan Protests Washington File 16 Mar 2007 -- The Bush administration urged Pakistani authorities and protesters to “exercise the utmost degree of restraint” in the wake of violent clashes that followed the suspension of the country’s chief justice.


US Diplomat Reafirms Ties to Pakistan in Anti-Terror Effort VOA 15 Mar 2007 -- The top U.S. diplomat dealing with South Asia, Richard Boucher, defended Pakistan's record on the war against terrorism


Pakistan for continued engagement with NATO: Kasuri IRNA 14 Mar 2007 -- Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said on Wednesday that Pakistan looked forward to a continued and constructive engagement with NATO.


Pakistan-India Peace Talks Make Slow But Steady Progress VOA 14 Mar 2007 -- Pakistan and India have completed their latest round of peace talks in Islamabad on a decidedly upbeat note


Pilot dies as Pakistan Air Force fighter plane crashes IRNA 13 Mar 2007 -- A Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft crashed in southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday, killing the pilot, TV channels reported.


Pakistan's top nuclear scientists in Taliban Custody IRNA 08 Mar 2007 -- Two top nuclear scientists of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) are currently in Taliban custody
Pakistan plays down U.S general's remarks on operations inside country IRNA 04 Mar 2007 -- Pakistan on Saturday played down remarks from senior U.S military officials that American forces in Afghanistan routinely pursue and fire upon Taliban enemies into Pakistan.


Pakistan test-fires short-range ballistic missile IRNA 03 Mar 2007 -- Pakistan on Saturday carried out "a successful" test of a surface-to-surface nuclear-capable missile with a 200-kilometer range in an undisclosed location, the military said.


South Asia: Pashtun Elders In Pakistan Want NATO, U.S. Troops In Tribal Regions RFE/RL 02 Mar 2007 -- About 60 Pashtun tribal elders from Pakistan's tribal regions met with Afghan authorities in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on March 1 to discuss how to bring security to the border regions.


US Links Pakistan Agreement With Tribal Leaders to Upsurge in Afghan Attacks VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- Senior U.S. defense officials said Thursday Pakistan's agreement last year with tribal leaders along the Afghan border has led to an increase in cross-border attacks, and that Pakistan needs to do more to address the problem





Business/Science/Society


Tornadoes Ravage Several States (March 1): Storms hit Alabama, Minnesota, Missouri, and Georgia, killing about 20 people, including eight high school students.


U.S. Says It Will Impose Duties on Chinese Goods (March 30): In a policy shift, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez announces the U.S. will impose duties on some manufactured materials, claiming the Chinese government is illegally subsidizing some exports
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April 2007




Ukrainian President Dissolves Parliament (April 2): President Viktor Yushchenko accuses Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, his bitter rival, of attempting to consolidate power. Yushchenko sets elections for May 27.

British Sailors Captured in Iran Are Freed (April 4): The 15 sailors and marines who were seized in disputed waters on March 23 by Iranian troops are freed. Iran claimed the sailors illegally entered Iranian waters, while British officials maintained they were in Iraqi territory.

Thousands of Iraqis Protest American Occupation (April 9): Iraqis loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr rally in the streets of Najaf against the foreign occupation of Iraq.

Iranian President Announces Ability to Enrich Uranium (April 9): President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country has the ability to enrich uranium on an industrial scale, which is part of the process to make fuel for a nuclear bomb or reactor.

Serbian Court Convicts Four of War Crimes (April 10): Four Serbs—former paramilitary officers—are found guilty of executing six Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica in Trnovo.

Bombs Kill Dozens in Algeria (April 11): Some 35 people are killed and hundreds are wounded when suicide bombers attack a government building in the capital, Algiers, and a police station on the outskirts of the capital. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility for the attack.

Iraq Parliament and Beloved Bridge Are Attacked (April 12): Eight people, including two Iraqi legislators, die when a suicide bomber strikes inside the Parliament building, which is located in Baghdad's fortified International Zone. An organization that includes al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia claims responsibility for the bold attack. In another attack, the Sarafiya Bridge that spans the Tigris River is destroyed.

Bombs Kill Nearly 200 in Baghdad (April 18): Five bombs targeting Shiite neighborhoods ravage the Iraqi capital in the worst violence in weeks. One bomb alone kills about 140 in Sadr City area.

Atomic Agency Confirms Iran's Progress in Uranium Enrichment (April 18): International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is enriching uranium in some 1,300 centrifuges.

Nigerian Presidential Election Is Called Deeply Flawed (April 21): Umaru Yar’Adua, the candidate of the governing party, wins the election in a landslide, taking more than 24.6 million votes. Second-place candidate Muhammadu Buhari tallies only about 6 million votes. International observers call the vote flawed and illegitimate. The chief observer for the European Union says the results “cannot be considered to have been credible.” Many expect a prolonged legal battle to determine the next step in the process.
Conservative and Liberal Candidates Top Vote in French Elections (April 22): Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative candidate, prevails over Ségolène Royal, of the Socialist Party, taking 30.7% of the vote to Royal’s 25.2%. They will face each other in a second and final round in May. Centrist candidate François Bayrou places a distant third, with 18.4%.

U.S. Squadron Hit by Suicide Bombers in Iraq (April 24): Nine U.S. soldiers are killed and at least 20 are wounded by two bombers attacking an American post in Diyala.

Russia Says It Will Suspend Weapons Treaty (April 26): President Vladimir Putin announces Russia will suspend the 1990 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty, which limits conventional weapons in Europe. Several U.S. officials speculate that Putin was acting in response to U.S. plans to build a missile shield in Europe―a move strongly opposed by Russia.
Inspectors Report Rebuilding Projects in Iraq Are Deteriorating (April 30): Stuart Bowen, Jr., head of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, faults both the U.S. and Iraq, criticizing the construction and maintenance of several projects throughout Iraq. Problems include power generators that don't work, overflowing sewage systems, and faulty electrical systems.

Israeli Prime Minister Reprimanded for Handling of Lebanon War (April 30): A commission that investigated 2006's war between Israel and Lebanon says Ehud Olmert was responsible for "a severe failure in exercising judgment, responsibility, and prudence." It also says Olmert rushed to war without an adequate plan. Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former army chief Dan Halutz are also criticized




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Pakistani body to promote nuclear non-proliferation objective IRNA 30 Apr 2007 -- Pakistan has set up a body in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote the objective of nuclear non-proliferation, the Foreign Office spokesperson said on Monday.

Al-Qaeda behind suicide attack, says Pakistani minister IRNA 30 Apr 2007 -- Pakistan's interior minister, who escaped in a suicide bomb attack at the weekend, said on Monday that al-Qaeda has links with the attack.

20 killed in suicide blast in Pakistan interior minister's public meeting IRNA 30 Apr 2007 -- At least 20 people were killed and scores others injured in a suicide bomb blast in the public meeting of Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao near the northern city of Peshawar on Saturday, officials said.


Germany in talks with Pakistan over sale of three submarines: daily IRNA 21 Apr 2007 -- A German defense consortium is involved in talks with the Pakistani navy over the construction of three conventional submarines, the Berlin-based Neues Deutschland cited Friday a confidential document of the German Finance Ministry.


Afghan, Pakistani Troops Battle Over Border Fence RFE/RL 20 Apr 2007 -- The Afghan Defense Ministry says Afghan troops were tearing down the fence near the Durand Line that separates the two countries when they were fired on by Pakistani forces early yesterday.
Pakistan, Afghan Forces Exchange Fire Along Disputed Border VOA 20 Apr 2007 -- Pakistani-Afghan relations have taken a dramatic turn for the worse after the countries' forces exchanged fire along a remote stretch of their ill-defined border


Pakistan has no agreements with US on joint operation: spokesperson IRNA 16 Apr 2007 -- Pakistan said on Monday that it has no agreement with the United States for any agreement on joint operation on its soil.


Pakistan conducts live missile firing exercise IRNA 16 Apr 2007 -- Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Monday completed a three-day live missile firing exercise at Somniani Range, the PAF said.
India declares readiness to discuss Nuclear-doctrines military CBMs, with Pak IRNA 13 Apr 2007 -- India has declared readiness to discuss nuclear doctrines and military confidence-building measures (CBMs) with Pakistan as it emphasised that the two neighbours had an opportunity to "remake" their relationship "fundamentally".


Protests Over Suspended Judge Continue in Pakistan VOA 13 Apr 2007 -- Protests against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's suspension of the country's chief justice are continuing, despite the detention Thursday of about 200 lawyers and other critics of the suspension


Pakistan to get F-22 P frigate from China: official IRNA 13 Apr 2007 -- Pakistan would get F-22 P frigate from China, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence, Nisar A. Memon said on Thursday.

Pakistani tribesmen have killed 300 militants, says Musharraf IRNA 13 Apr 2007 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said on Thursday that tribesmen have killed some 300 foreign militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.


Pakistan President Defends Record on War Against Terror VOA 12 Apr 2007 -- Senior military commanders from 21 countries, including the United States, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, have completed Thursday a two-day anti-terrorism conference in Islamabad

Musharraf: 300 Foreign Militants Killed in Pakistani Tribal Offensive VOA 12 Apr 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says local tribesmen have killed about 300 foreign militants in weeks of fighting near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.


Pakistan Government Touts Success in Fight Against Foreign Militants VOA 11 Apr 2007 -- Pakistani tribal forces near the Afghan border say they have defeated hundreds of Uzbek militants after several weeks of sometimes intense combat


PAKISTAN: UN refugee agency faces deficit in Afghan repatriation funds IRIN 10 Apr 2007 -- After recently announcing that it was tripling its cash assistance for repatriating Afghans, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it may need to raise funds to live up to its promise in the last five days of the offer.


Anti-Musharraf Protests in Pakistan Show No Sign of Abating VOA 03 Apr 2007 -- Pakistan's suspended chief judge has appeared before a judicial panel in the capital, as a political street battle over his fate enters its fourth week




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Earthquake and Tsunami Strike the Solomon Islands (April 3): Magnitude 8.0 earthquake and tsunami that follows kill at least 20 people and destroy villages.


UN Panel Reports Consequences of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (April 6): Group, composed of several of the world's top scientists on climate change, finds that Earth's climate and ecosystems are already being affected by the accumulation of greenhouse gases and warns that without immediate action to slow the buildup of such emissions, droughts, flooding, and the extinction of species are imminent. Panel also says that poor regions are most vulnerable.


North Carolina Prosecutor Dismisses Assault Case Against Duke Students (April 11): State attorney general Roy Cooper says lacrosse players who were accused of sexually assaulting a stripper in March 2006 are innocent and had been falsely accused. He also criticizes the prosecutor in the case, Michael Nifong, calling him a "rogue prosecutor."







May 2007



Rice Meets With Syrian Counterpart (May 3): At a meeting in Egypt about Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State asks Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem to move to stem the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq from Syria, and he asks Condoleezza Rice to reinstate the U.S. ambassador to Syria who was withdrawn after the assassination of Syrian prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. It was the first high-level meeting between the two countries in two years.

Senior Sunni Insurgent Is Killed in Iraq (May 3): Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri, a leader of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, dies in a raid north of Baghdad. U.S. officials say that Jubouri was involved in the kidnapping of American reporter Jill Carroll.

Labor Party Suffers Stunning Defeat in Scotland (May 4): The separatist Scottish National Party, which supports Scotland's independence from Britain, prevails in parliamentary elections, taking 47 seats in the 129-seat Scottish parliament. The Labor Party wins 46 seats. Prior to the election, the Scottish National Party held 25 seats.

Sarkozy Wins French Presidential Election (May 6): Conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy defeats Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal, 53.1% to 46.9%, in the runoff election. He is the first French president to be born after World War II.

World Bank Panel Finds Wolfowitz Guilty (May 6): A committee of directors of the World Bank reports that it has found Paul Wolfowitz , president of the bank, guilty of conflict of interest for setting up a lucrative pay raise for his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza. (May 14): A report issued by the committee says Wolfowitz violated bank rules and ethical guidelines in his treatment of Shaha Ali Riza. (May 17): Wolfowitz resigns from the World Bank. The bank's board releases a statement saying of Wolfowitz, "he assured us that he acted in good faith in what he believed were the best interests of the institution, and we accept that."

Former Enemies Resume Power-Sharing Government in Northern Ireland (May 8): Local government is restored to Northern Ireland as Rev. Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionists, and Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Fein, are sworn in as leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the Northern Ireland executive government.

British Prime Minister Announces Plan to Step Down (May 10): Tony Blair says he will resign as prime minister of June 27 after ten years in the post. Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the exchequer, is widely expected to succeed Blair.

Protests Over Suspended Judge Turn Deadly (May 12): Thirty-nine people are killed in Karachi when dueling rallies—those in support of ousted Supreme Court chief justice, Iftikar Mohammad Chaudhry, and others of the government—turn violent.

U.S. Soldiers Are Abducted after an Ambush in Iraq (May 12): Four soldiers die and three are captured in an attack near Mahmudiya, a mostly Sunni area. The Islamic State of Iraq, an insurgent group that includes al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, says it is holding the soldiers. (May 23): The body of one of the missing soldiers, Pfc. Joseph Anzack, is found in the Euphrates River.

Inspectors Report Iran Has Made Progress in Uranium Enrichment (May 14): The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is using about 1,300 centrifuges and producing fuel for nuclear reactors. The fuel would have to be further enriched to make it weapons grade.

Top Taliban Leader Is Killed in Joint Operation (May 13): Mullah Dadullah, an operational commander who has organized assassinations and abductions, dies in a raid in Helmand Province carried out by Afghan security forces, NATO troops, and American soldiers.

Bush Nominates War Czar (May 15): White House selects Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute to oversee war policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lute serves as the top operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Senate must confirm Lute's nomination.

Israelis, Palestinians Trade Rocket Fire (May 18): Seven Palestinians are killed when Israeli troops fire on Hamas in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for strikes on Israel by Hamas. The violence caps a week in which some 40 Palestinians die in factional fighting between members of Hamas and Fatah. (May 24): Israel officials arrest 33 West Bank Palestinians, including seven public officials, claiming they are involved in terrorism against Israel.

Fighting in Lebanon Kills Dozens (May 20): About 60 people are killed in battles between government troops and members of Islamic militant group Fatah al-Islam, which is based in a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli. The group is similar in philosophy to al-Qaeda.

Former Serb Officers Convicted in Killing of Prime Minister (May 23): Serbian court convicts 12 Serbs, including former paramilitary police officers, in the 2003 assassination of pro-reform prime minister Zoran Djindjic.
Powerful Shiite Cleric Returns to Public Eye in Iraq (May 25): Moktada al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army militia and an opponent of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, reemerges from hiding for the first time since January. In a speech, he calls for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

U.S. and Iranian Diplomats Discuss Iraq (May 28): U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Iran's ambassador, Hassan Kazemi Qumi, meet at the office of Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss security issues in Iraq. Little progress is made, but the meeting is notable for merely taking place.
Bush Nominates Wolfowitz Replacement (May 29): President Bush nominates Robert Zoellick as the president of the World Bank to succeed Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned in a conflict of interest scandal. Zoellick served as Bush's deputy secretary of state and held high-ranking positions in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.

Bush Administration Expands Sanctions on Sudan (May 29): Measure bans 31 Sudanese companies and four individuals from doing business in the U.S.

Britons Are Abducted in Iraq (May 29): Five British civilians are abducted from the Finance Ministry by masked gunmen in Baghdad.
UN Approves Special Court to Try Suspects in Assassination of Lebanese Leader (May 31): Security Council narrowly approves a resolution to create a tribunal to prosecute suspects in the 2005 slaying of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.



Nation


Pakistan Defends Terror Stance, US Senator Demands More VOA 27 May 2007 -- The Pakistani government is defending its stand on combating terrorism at a time of growing concern in Washington about the depth of Islamabad's commitment to the cause


Pakistan confirms new bird flu outbreak - Agriculture Ministry RIA Novosti 23 May 2007 -- Pakistan confirmed Wednesday an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus among poultry on farms near the capital, but said no cases of human infection had been registered.


Pakistani Authorities Negotiate with Pro-Taleban Islamists for Captives' Release VOA 19 May 2007 -- Pakistani authorities are trying to secure the release of four police officers taken hostage by pro-Taleban Islamic students in the capital, Islamabad.


Pakistan, Afghan Troops Again Clash Along Border VOA 17 May 2007 -- There has been another exchange of fire between soldiers of Pakistan and Afghanistan along the countries' border


Afghan, Pakistani Troops Break Brief Border Silence RFE/RL 17 May 2007 -- A May 14 cease-fire between Afghan and Pakistani government troops was shattered this morning by the sound of mortars and machine-gun fire.


PAKISTAN: UNHCR appeals for calm after refugee camp violence IRIN 17 May 2007 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has appealed for calm after an outbreak of violence at an Afghan refugee camp earmarked for closure in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province.


Bomb Blast Kills at Least 25 in Pakistan VOA 15 May 2007 -- A powerful bomb blast in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least 25 people and seriously injured more than 25 others
U.S., Pakistani Soldiers Reported Killed In Border Incident RFE/RL 14 May 2007 -- At least one U.S. soldier and one Pakistani soldier were killed when shooting broke out during an effort today to bring an end to violent clashes between Afghan and Pakistani government troops around their common border.


US, Pakistan Troops Killed in Meeting on Afghan Border VOA 14 May 2007 -- A firefight along the Pakistan Afghan border has left at least one U.S. and one Pakistani soldier dead and several others wounded


Afghan, Pakistani Forces Clash For Second Day RFE/RL 14 May 2007 -- Afghan and Pakistani troops today clashed for a second consecutive day on their common border.


PAKISTAN SELECTS LOCKHEED MARTIN'S SNIPER ADVANCED TARGETING POD Lockheed Martin 14 May 2007 -- The U.S. government has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for 18 Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP), a part of the new Advanced Block 52 F-16 aircraft program for Pakistan


Pakistan Officials Try to Stem Violence VOA 14 May 2007 -- Pakistani troops have been told to "shoot on sight" if need be to control political violence in the southern city of Karachi


PAKISTAN: Hundreds missing in conflict-torn Balochistan IRIN 10 May 2007 -- Dr Hanif Sharif, 29, was regarded until 2005 as one of the most gifted young writers in the Balochi language.


NATO Secretary-General Meets With Pakistan President Over Regional Security VOA 08 May 2007 -- NATO's secretary-general says there are no plans for NATO troops to pull out of Afghanistan



Business/Science/Society


UN Report Urges Immediate Action on Reducing Heat-trapping Gases (May 4): Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that the technology now exists to produce more efficient cars, appliances, and buildings. It also encourages investment in alternative fuels.


Tornado Levels a Kansas Town (May 6): A Category F-5 enhanced tornado leaves behind a trail of rubble in Greensburg, Kansas. Ten people are killed in the disaster






June 2007



Former Liberian Dictator Refuses to Appear at Trial (June 4): Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, boycotts the first day of his trial at the International Criminal Court. He's facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity for supporting rebel troops in Sierra Leone's brutal civil war that claimed the lives of about 300,000 people in the 1990s.

Putin Proposes Joint Missile Shield with the U.S. (June 7): Russian president introduces plan during a meeting with President Bush at the G8 meeting in Germany. The proposal calls for using an early warning radar system in Azerbaijan as part of a missile defense system to protect against an attack by Iran.

World Leaders Reach Agreements at the G8 Conference (June 7): Leaders of the eight industrialized nations meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany, agree to consider ways to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In a nod to President Bush's recent proposal, the leaders endorse his plan to have the world's top polluter set their own goals for reducing emissions. Bush also agrees to participate in negoiations to establish a new global climate policy by 2009, a potenial succesor to the Kyoto Protocol. (June 8): G8 meeting participants promise to spend $60 billion to treat AIDS and other diseases in the third world. Critics say the plan is weak because it does not include a definitive timetable and falls short of the actual need.

Iraqi Parliament Votes to Remove Speaker (June 11): The speaker, Mahmoud Mashhadani, a Sunni, has been criticized for intimidating, often physcially, other members of Parliament.

Fighting Escalates Among Palestinian Factions (June 12): About three dozen Palestinians die in battles between members of rival parties Hamas and Fatah. The homes and offices of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and President Mahmoud Abbas are attacked. Both sides accuse each other of coup attempts. (June 13): Hamas succeeds in taking control of much of the Gaza Strip. With Fatah holding sway over the West Bank, many fear a civil war is imminent. (June 14): Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas dissolves the government, fires Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, the leader of Hamas, and declares a state of emergency. The violence continues in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. (June 15): Abbas swears in an emergency government. Salam Fayyad, an economist, takes over as interim prime minister. (June 18): The U.S.and European Union announce they will resume aid to Palestinians.
Sudanese Government Agrees to Peacekeeping Force (June 12): Officials agree to allow a joint peacekeeping force of about 19,000 troops from the African Union and the United Nations be deployed to Darfur, but require that most of the soldiers be African.

Shiite Shrine Is Attacked in Iraq (June 13): The revered Shiite Askariya mosque at Samarra is bombed for the second time in 16 months. Sunni militants connected to al-Qaeda are suspected in the attack. (June 15 and 16): Shiites blow up two Sunni mosques in retaliation.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Is Elected Leader of Labor Party (June 13): Former prime minister Ehud Barak returns to politics, defeating Parliament member Ami Ayalon in the race to head the Labor Party. In addition, Shimon Peres, of the Kadima Party, is elected president by Parliament.

Deaths Mount in Afghanistan (June 17): At least 22 police academy instructors are killed when a suicide bomber attacks a police bus in Kabul. (June 18): Seven children die during an airstrike by U.S.-led forces in eastern Afghanistan. The attack was targeting what officials say was an al-Qaeda compound.





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Dozens Die in Attack on a Shiite Mosque (June 19): Nearly 80 people are killed and more than 130 are wounded when a suicide bomber drives an explosive-filled truck blows in front of the Khalani Mosque in central Baghdad.


U.S. Diplomat Sees Progress with North Korea (June 22): At a meeting in North Korea, Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs, is told by North Korean officials that the country is prepared to shut down its primary nuclear reactor. The meeting—the first time a high-ranking U.S. official has visited the country in five years—follows the return of $25 million in North Korean funds that had been held in a Macao bank and had been frozen by the U.S. (June 28): International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors visit the Yongbyon nuclear reactor complex. It's the first such visit since 2002, when North Korean officials expelled the inspectors from the countr.


Three Are Sentenced to Death for Role in Anfal Campaign (June 24): Three Iraqi army officials, including Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam Hussein who was known as "Chemical Ali, are convicted for carrying out the murder of about 50,000 Kurds in 1988—what was called the Anfal campaign.


Peacekeepers Are Killed in Lebanon (June 24): Five UN peacekeepers—three from Colombia and two from Spain—die when they are attacked in southern Lebanon. They were stationed at the border with Israel.


Leadership Transition Begins in Britain (June 24): Gordon Brown takes over as head of the Labor Party, succeeding British prime minister Tony Blair. (June 27): Gordon Brown replaces Tony Blair as the prime minister of Great Britain.


Several Sunni Sheiks Die in Attack (June 26): The victims were among a group of sheiks from the troubled Anbar Province who had been helping U.S. troops in their fight against al-Qaeda.


Israeli President Reaches Plea Deal in Rape Case (June 28): Moshe Katsav agrees to resign and plead guilty to committing indecent acts without consent, sexual harassment, and harassing a witness. In exchange, the government drops rape charges against Katsav, who maintains his innocence and says he plead guilty to avoid a long and embarrassing trial. He was accused of raping and sexually assaulting several female coworkers.


British Police Find Bombs in Two Cars (June 29): Police defuse two bombs found in cars parked in the West End section of London. The attackers, who officials say are linked to al-Qaeda, fail to detonate the bombs using cell phones. (June 30): An SUV carrying bombs bursts into flames after it slams into an entrance to Glasgow Airport. Officials say the attacks are connected.





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Pakistan protests NATO attack that killed 10 civilians RIA Novosti 25 Jun 2007 -- Pakistan has protested the killing of 10 civilians near its border with Afghanistan during a NATO operation and has demanded better coordination among international forces in the future, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Monday.


Despite Peace Talks With Pakistan, India Maintains Tight Grip on Kashmir VOA 25 Jun 2007 -- There has been a slow but steady thaw in relations between India and Pakistan in the past two years, with improvements in intergovernmental communication and cross-border transportation


NATO Admits Civilians Killed In Pakistan Strikes RIA Novosti 24 Jun 2007 -- NATO-led forces in Afghanistan today admitted that civilians were among those killed in weekend strikes in Pakistan's Waziristan region.


Pakistan army backs Musharraf in judicial crisis IRNA 01 Jun 2007 -- Senior army commanders in a meeting on Saturday threw weight behind President General Musharraf in the present judicial crisis and condemned those who have launched anti-Musharraf campaign.




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Court Strikes Down FCC Indecency Policy (June 4): A federal appeals court overturns a Federal Communications Commission rule that fines networks that broadcast profanities blurted out on live television, known as "fleeting expletives."


Several Firefighters Are Killed in Blaze (June 19): Nine firefighters die when a roof collapses during a fire in a furniture warehouse in Charleston, S.C. Aside from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the fire was the deadliest for firefighters in 30 years.


Zoellick Is Elected Head of the World Bank (June 25): Robert Zoellick, who served as President Bush's deputy secretary of state and held high-ranking positions in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, takes over as the president of the World Bank, succeeding Paul Wolfowitz.
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Israel Releases Money to Palestinians (July 1): With members of Hamas no longer part of the Palestinian government, Israel resumes financial ties to the Palestinian Authority and begins to transfer tax revenue to the government.


U.S. Official Says Iran Trained Iraqi Soldiers (July 2): Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a military spokesman, accuses Iran's Revolutionary Guards of helping Iraqis plan and execute an attack in Karbala in January 2007 in which five American soldiers were kiilled.


Iraqi Cabinet Makes Progress on Oil Law (July 3): Cabinet approves the hydrocarbon framework law, one component of a larger legislative package, which states that the revenue from oil sales belongs to all Iraqis and outlines the function of the oil and gas council. Parliament must also approve the legislation.


Briisth Journalist Is Freed in Gaza (July 4): Alan Johnston, a BBC correspondent who was abducted on March 12 in Gaza by a radical clan called Army of Islam, is released.


Pakistani Government and Militants Face Off at Mosque (July 3): Government security officers and radical Islamist clerics and students at Islamabad's Red Mosque exchange gunfire. The militants advocate the imposition of Shariah, or Islamic law, in Pakistan. (July 10): After negotiations between government officials and mosque leaders fail, troops storm the compound and kill Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who took over as chief of the mosque after the earlier capture of Maulana Abdul Aziz, his older brother. More than 60 people die in the violence.


Suicide Bomber Kills 150 in Iraq (July 7): A truck filled with explosives destroys dozens of homes and shops in Amerli, a Shiite village north of Baghdad. Hundreds are wounded in the attack. About 250 people are killed in three days in Iraq by insurgent attacks.


Millions Stolen in Baghdad Bank Robbery (July 11): Guards at the Dar Es Salaam bank make off with $282 million in U.S. dollars.


Suspected Bombers Are Convicted in London (July 11): Four Islamist men, all originally from the Horn of Africa, are sentenced to life in prison by a British judge for attempting to bomb the London transit system in July 2005. Their failed plot followed the July 7, 2005, attack that killed 56 people.


Russia Pulls Out of Arms Treaty (July14): Russian president Vladimir Putin announces that the country will suspend its participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, a cold-war era agreement that limits the deployment of heavy weaponry.


Dozens Die in Attack in Kirkuk (July 16): A suicide bomber drive a bomb-laden truck into a compound that housed offices of Kurdish politicians, killing 85 people. Victims include shoppers at a nearby market.
North Korea Shuts Down Reactor (July 16): Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency verify that North Korea has shut down its weapons-making nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, one part of an agreement reached in February 2007.


Intelligence Report Shows al-Qaeda Remains Strong (July 17): National Intelligence Estimate concludes that al-Qaeda has gained strength in the past two years and that the United States faces "a persistent and evolving terrorist threat over the next three years." The report says the 2006 cease-fire between the Pakistan government and tribal leaders has allowed al-Qaeda to flourish.


Pakistani Court Rules in Favor of Suspended Judge (July 20): Country’s Supreme Court rules that President Pervez Musharraf acted illegally when he suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The court reinstates Chaudhry, who may hear legal challenges involving Musharraf’s continued rule as president and head of the military.


Ruling Party Prevails in Turkish Elections (July 23): The Justice and Development Party, the Islamic party headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wins 46.6% of vote in parliamentary elections.


Euphoria Over Soccer Win Gives Way to Grief (July 25): Iraqis take to the streets celebrate the national team's win over South Korea in the semifinals of the Asian Cup soccer match. The festivities give way to panic after two suicide bombers attack crowds in Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and injuring about 140.

India and U.S. Reach Accord on Civilian Nuclear Power (July 27): Deal allows India, which has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferatin Treaty, to buy nuclear fuel from the U.S. to expand its civilian nuclear energy program and reprocess its spent fuel. India agrees to open the reprocessing facility to international inspectors.


Security Council Approves Resolution on Darfur (July 31): Votes unanimously to deploy as many as 26,000 peacekeepers from the African Union and the United Nations forces to help end the violence in Darfur that has killed about 200,000 people since 2003. The operation, the world's largest, will cost some $2 billion.


Tribunal Charges Khmer Rouge Figure (July 31): Kang Kech Iev, alias Duch, who ran the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, is indicted for crimes against humanity. Khmer Rouge rule from 1975 to 1979 led to the state-sponsored extermination of between 1 million and 2 million citizens.





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Pakistani Officials: Musharraf And Rival Former PM Benazir Bhutto Met in Secret VOA 28 Jul 2007 -- Government officials in Pakistan acknowledged Saturday that the country's president, General Pervez Musharraf, held secret talks with his political arch-rival Benazir Bhutto Friday


Red Mosque reopens in Islamabad after bloody siege RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2007 -- The Red Mosque in Pakistan's capital reopened for Friday prayers after a bloody army siege earlier in July that killed over 100 people.


Pakistan: Radio Free Afghanistan -- Al-Qaeda Regroup Poses Dual Threat RFE/RL 27 Jul 2007 -- The attempted reopening today in Islamabad of the Red Mosque complex that saw a bloody confrontation between security forces and militant Islamic radicals on July 10-11 is a reminder of the challenges confronting Pakistan's embattled President Pervez Musharraf
Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Islamabad's Red Mosque RFE/RL 27 Jul 2007 -- Reports from Islamabad say a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a group of police officers today near the Red Mosque

Suicide Bomb Goes Off in Islamabad; Religious Students Stage Demonstrations Outside Mosque VOA 27 Jul 2007 -- A powerful bomb has ripped through a hotel restaurant near Islamabad's Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque


Pakistan successfully test fires cruise missile IRNA 26 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan Thursday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed Cruise Missile Babur (Hatf-VII), said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.

Pakistan successfully tests nuclear-capable missile RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan successfully tested its Babur Hatf VII cruise missile, capable of carrying a variety of warheads, including nuclear, local television channels said citing military sources Thursday.


Pakistan “Indispensable” in Global Anti-Terrorism Fight Washington File 25 Jul 2007 -- Despite impressive achievements fighting terrorism, Pakistan still needs to do more to defeat terrorist forces on its soil, says R. Nicholas Burns, the State Department’s under secretary of state for political affairs.


Rocket Attack Kills 8 in Northwest Pakistan VOA 25 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani police say militants have fired four rockets in a town in the northwest of the country, killing at least eight people.


Pakistani Taleban Leader Kills Himself to Avoid Capture VOA 24 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani authorities say a top Taleban militant and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has blown himself up to avoid arrest by Pakistani forces.


Clashes Erupt Between Militants, Soldiers in Northern Pakistan VOA 23 Jul 2007 -- At least 35 militants and two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.


Pakistan Says Any US Strike Against Militants on Its Soil 'Unacceptable' VOA 23 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan says any U.S. action against militant targets on Pakistani soil would be unacceptable.
Bush Says Pakistan Moving Against Al-Qaida VOA 21 Jul 2007 -- President Bush says Pakistan is taking steps to oust al-Qaida terrorists from their safe haven in tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan


Pace: U.S. Working With Pakistan to Solve Cross-Border Terrorism Problem AFPS 20 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. is working with Pakistan to find a way to counter al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists who operate inside Pakistan, along the Afghan border, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today.


Pakistani Supreme Court Reinstates Suspended Chief Justice VOA 20 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan's Supreme court has reinstated its chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, four months after Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf suspended him


Suicide Bombings Strike Pakistan as President Calls for Unity Against Extremism VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- Separate bomb blasts have killed more than 52 people in Pakistan, and the country is bracing for more violence


Deadly Violence Continues in Pakistan VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- Separate bomb blasts have killed more than 30 people in Pakistan, and the country is bracing for more violence
Analysis: Musharraf and his Labyrinth cfr.org 18 Jul 2007 -- As the Pakistani government scrambles to salvage a peace accord (BosGlobe) with tribal leaders along the country’s lawless northwest frontier, unrest elsewhere in Pakistan has raised new questions about the stability of Pervez Musharraf’s military government


White House Presses Pakistan on al-Qaida Havens VOA 18 Jul 2007 -- The White House is stepping up pressure on Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf to oust al-Qaida terrorists from remote areas along the border with Afghanistan


Pakistan Wants Proof Al-Qaida Regrouping in Northwest VOA 19 Jul 2007 -- The Pakistan government is rejecting a U.S. intelligence report saying al-Qaida terrorists have received safe haven in northwest Pakistan, calling it unsubstantiated.


Pakistan: Can Musharraf Reform Militant Madrasahs? RFE/RL 18 Jul 2007 -- In the aftermath of Pakistan's Red Mosque crisis, President Pervez Musharraf has renewed his pledge to prevent any mosque or madrasah in the country from being used by terrorists.

Violence Continues to Spread in Pakistan; Musharraf Refuses to Call State of Emergency VOA 18 Jul 2007 -- Militants in northwestern Pakistan have ambushed a security convoy and killed at least 17 soldiers - less than a day after a suicide bomber killed 16 people in Islamabad


US Supports Pakistani Government Moves Against Extremists VOA 17 Jul 2007 -- The Bush administration said Tuesday the United States is prepared to back Pakistani government actions against extremism with as a much as $1 billion in economic and military aid over the next several years


Russian space firm signs 14 deals for commercial rocket launches RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2007 -- A leading Russian space company said Sunday it had signed 14 deals for the commercial launches of its Proton carrier rockets.


Militants Attack, Threaten Government in Pakistan VOA 15 Jul 2007 -- A wave of deadly attacks in Pakistan is raising fears of a widespread militant backlash days after government forces raided a radical mosque in the capital


US Lawmakers Urge Action by Musharraf Against Extremists VOA 13 Jul 2007 -- U.S. lawmakers have told a senior State Department official that Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf must act to eliminate Taleban, al-Qaida forces and extremists in his country
Afghan-Pakistani Border Stability Operations Focus of U.S. Aid Washington File 12 Jul 2007 -- The United States is working with the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to build stability along the rugged border between those two nations.


Musharraf Addresses Nation in Wake of Pakistan Mosque Seige VOA 12 Jul 2007 -- In a televised address to the nation, Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf vowed to eliminate extremism and terrorism from "every corner of the country."


Pakistan's President Defends Deadly Raid on Radical Mosque VOA 12 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he launched a deadly raid on a radical mosque in Islamabad only after all efforts to negotiate the crisis failed.

Mosque storming over, Pakistan Army leaves site RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2007 -- The Pakistani Army began withdrawing from Islamabad after completing a 36-hour operation to retake the Red Mosque, seized and held by Islamic radicals for a week, local television said citing military sources.

Pakistan's President to Address Nation in Wake of Mosque Siege VOA 12 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is to address the nation Thursday as al-Qaida issues calls to Pakistani Muslims to revolt against the government for its raid against militants in Islamabad's Red Mosque


Al-Qaida Deputy Leader Calls for Revenge Over Raid at Pakistan Mosque VOA 11 Jul 2007 -- The deputy leader of al-Qaida has urged Pakistanis to revolt against the government in retaliation for a raid on the Red Mosque in Islamabad that left more than 80 people dead.
Pakistan: Musharraf's Position Precarious After Red Mosque Storming RFE/RL 11 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf angered many Pakistanis four months ago by ordering the removal of a Supreme Court justice on charges of corruption

Red Mosque assault over, 160 hostages freed - Pakistani general RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2007 -- The Pakistani military regained control of the Red Mosque Wednesday, freeing at least 160 students held hostage there during a weeklong standoff, the army spokesman said.
Pakistani Authorities Searching for Explosives Left Behind in Red Mosque VOA 11 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani officials say the fight to clear Islamabad's Red Mosque of well-armed militants is complete


Pakistani Forces Search Militant Holdouts In Mosque RFE/RL 10 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani security forces say 80 percent of Islamabad's Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque complex, has been cleared of militants, but fighting continues to flush out the remaining holdouts.
Red Mosque in Islamabad stormed, at least 60 militants killed RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2007 -- At least 60 Islamic militants have been killed and as many captured when troops stormed the besieged Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) compound in Islamabad early Tuesday in a bid to end a tense weeklong standoff.


Pakistani Government: Cleric at Radical Mosque Killed VOA 10 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan's interior ministry says the cleric leading resistance at a radical mosque stormed by Pakistani troops has been killed.

Death Toll Mounts as Pakistan Military Tries to Oust Terrorists From Mosque VOA 10 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani security forces have launched an assault on militants who have been holding Islamabad's Red Mosque for the past week


Pakistan: Who Is Abdul Rashid Ghazi? RFE/RL 09 Jul 2007 -- The Pakistani authorities have given what they say is their "final warning" to Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his supporters inside the Red Mosque to surrender or face an all-out assault.

Negotiations With Pakistani Mosque Rebels Fail to Make Progress VOA 09 Jul 2007 -- Attempts to negotiate an end to a standoff at an Islamabad mosque have failed to make progress.
Cleric At Pakistan's Red Mosque Agrees To Limited Talks RFE/RL 09 Jul 2007 -- A Pakistani cleric under siege at Islamabad's Red Mosque has reportedly agreed to hold talks via loudspeaker in a bid to end the crisis.

Bloody Standoff Continues Outside Pakistan's Red Mosque VOA 09 Jul 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly authorized a final assault on armed militants barricaded inside Islamabad's Red Mosque


Pakistan Mosque Leader Vows to Continue Standoff VOA 08 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani commandos blasted new holes in the walls around an Islamabad mosque where armed militants are reportedly holding hundreds of women and children hostage


Siege Continues Around Islamabad's Red Mosque VOA 07 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani security forces are intensifying their operations outside the Red Mosque in Islamabad where radical clerics are refusing to surrender to government forces


Fresh gunfire heard near besieged Red Mosque in Pakistan RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2007 -- Fresh gunfire and powerful explosions were heard last night from the direction of the radical Red Mosque, which has been besieged by government forces in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, but authorities said Friday an assault to capture it had not been launched.

Military Siege of Radical Pakistani Mosque Intensifies VOA 06 Jul 2007 -- The military siege of a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital has intensified, after the group's chief cleric says he would now rather die than surrender


Religious Militants in Islamabad Set Conditions For Surrender VOA 05 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani security forces say time is running out for more than 1,000 militants inside the capital's radical Lal Masjid or Red Mosque

Pakistani Police Battle Religious Militants in Islamabad VOA 05 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani security forces say time is running out for more than 1,000 militants inside Islamabad's radical Lal Masjid or Red Mosque


Pakistan Police Battle Religious Militants in Capital VOA 04 Jul 2007 -- A standoff between Pakistani troops and students at a radical mosque has headed into a second night, with more than 1,000 people still holed up in the mosque in Islamabad


Pakistan court bans intelligence agents' entry in premises IRNA 03 Jul 2007 -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday banned the entry of the officials of intelligence agencies in the court's premises after a senior defense lawyer of the suspended chief justice informed the court that intelligence agencies are involved in spying on judges.

Pakistan Police Battle Religious Militants in Capital VOA 03 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani security forces have exchanged gunfire with hundreds of students holed up inside a radical mosque in central Islamabad


Pakistan Denies Reports Nuclear Scientist Has Been Freed VOA 02 Jul 2007 -- Pakistani officials are denying reports that the government has eased travel restrictions on disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan





Business/Science/Society

Russia Is Awarded 2014 Olympics (July 4): The International Olympic Committee announces that Sochi, Russia, a Black Sea resort, will host the Winter Games in 2014. It will be the first time Russia or the former Soviet Union hosts the Winter Games.


Argentina Experiences Unusual Snowfall (July 10): Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, experiences its first snowfall in 89 years.
Plane Crashes into Building in Brazil (July 17): An Airbus 320 skids off a runway in São Paulo and crashes into an office building, killing about 180 people. It is the worst aviation accident ever in Brazil.


Harry Potter Sales Brisk (July 21): In its first day on bookshelves, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final installment in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, more than 8.3 million copies are sold.


Murdoch Wins Approval to Buy Dow Jones (Jully 31): The Bancroft family, owner the Dow Jones & Company, which publishes the Wall Street Journal, agrees to sell the company to media magnate Rupert Murdoch, who owns the News Corporation. The purchase values Murdoch's media holdings at $28 billion.
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plz can u mention the date when US gave pakistan two F16.
i remember it happened in july during the course of lal masjid operation
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U.S. delivered Two F-16 Fighters To Pakistan Air Force on 10th July, 2007.
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August 2007


Sunni Block Withdraws from Iraqi Cabinet (Aug. 1): The Iraqi Consensus Front, the largest Sunni faction in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's cabinet, resigns, citing the Shiite-led government's failure to stem violence by militias, follow through with reforms, and involve Sunnis in decisions on security.


Independence Hero Named Prime Minister of East Timor (Aug. 6): President Ramos-Horta names independence activist Xanana Gusmão as prime minister. Violent protests led by supporters of the Fretilin party, the former governing party, follow. Fretilin won the most seats in elections, but Gusmão formed a majority coalition, called the Alliance of the Parliamentary Majority (AMP).


UN Passes Resolution on Iraq (Aug. 10): Security Council resolution, passed unanimously, expands the UN's role in Iraq to help promote reconciliation, safety of citizens and workers, and civil rights.


Taliban Releases Two Hostages (Aug. 13): Two female hostages are released to the Red Cross following days of talks between the Taliban and South Korean negotiators. The women were members of a group of 23 church volunteers abducted from a bus on July 19. Two male hostages have been shot, and the Taliban has threatened to kill more if their demands for a prisoner exchange are not met. Fourteen women and five men are still being held.


Coalition Forces Launch Operation Phantom Strike (Aug. 13): US-led forces attack insurgent hide-outs, weapons caches, and bomb-building sites in a series of simultaneous raids. The operation follows the deployment of nearly 30,000 more US troops into Iraq.


Quadruple Bombing Leaves at Least 500 Dead in Iraqi Villages (Aug. 14): Two pairs of truck bombs explode about five miles apart in the remote, north-western Iraqi towns of Qahtaniya and Jazeera. At least 500 members of the minority Yazidi community are reported killed and hundreds more are wounded, making it the single deadliest insurgent attack of the war.


Thailand Votes in Favor of New Constitution (Aug. 20): In the country's first referendum, voters approve a new constitution that was drafted by a panel selected by the military government. Elections are expected to be held in December, ending a year of military rule that followed the ouster of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.


U.S. Ambassador Criticizes Iraqi Leadership (Aug. 22): As sectarian violence continues unabated in Iraq, Ryan Crocker, the ambassador to Iraq, says political progress in Iraq has been "extremely disappointing."


Iraqi Government to Allow Former Baathists to Resume Jobs (Aug. 26): In an attempt at national reconciliation, a group of Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Vice President Tarqi al-Hashemi, and President Jalal Talabani, announce that former Baathists, members of the party loyal to Saddam Hussein, could regain their government jobs that were lost in 2003's de-Baathification process. Hashemi, however, says the move is not enough to have Sunnis leaders resume their cabinet positions, which they quit in early August.


Former Islamist Elected President of Turkey (Aug. 28): Abdullah Gul, of the Justice and Development Party, is elected president in the third round of voting by the country's parliament. He is the first Islamist president in the country's modern history. The military, which is highly protective of a secular state, opposed Gul's candidacy.


Deadly Violence Breaks Out Among Rival Shiite Groups (Aug. 28): More than 50 people are killed and hundreds are wounded when members of the Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, and the Badr Organization, a group of fighters that supports Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki battle in the streets of Karbala during a pilgrimage celebrating the birth of Muhammad al-Mahdi. (Aug. 29): Moktada al-Sadr announces that he has ordered the Mahdi Army to suspend its military operations for six months.


Pakistani Leader to Surrender Role as Military Chief (Aug. 29): According to exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, President Pervez Musharraf has agreed to step down as army chief and run for reelection as president. In addition, Bhutto will be allowed to return to Pakistan and run for prime minister.



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Musharraf close to power sharing deal with opposition leader IRNA 29 Aug 2007 -- President Pervez Musharraf is set to strike a power sharing deal with exiled opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday.

Pakistan Minister Says Musharraf-Bhutto Alliance Nearly Complete VOA 29 Aug 2007 -- Pakistani officials say the country's embattled president, General Pervez Musharraf, has nearly completed a power-sharing agreement with rival Benazir Bhutto


Pakistan test-fires new cruise missile IRNA 25 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan said on Saturday it has successfully test fired a new cruise missile with the range of 350 kilometers.


Musharraf says ex-PM Sharif can return to Pakistan IRNA 24 Aug 2007 -- President General Pervez Musharraf has said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can return home.
Pakistan President Faces Political Uncertainty VOA 24 Aug 2007 -- Pakistani political experts say the country's president, General Pervez Musharraf, faces a decidedly uncertain future a day after the Supreme Court ended his chief rival's seven-year exile


Pakistan Supreme Court Ends Former Prime Minister's Exile VOA 23 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan's supreme court has ruled exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can return to Pakistan and resume his political career


Pakistan Releases Al-Qaida Operative VOA 20 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan has released an alleged al-Qaida operative without charge three years after his arrest


Pakistan, Turkey to hold joint exercises IRNA 20 Aug 2007 -- A contingent comprising troops of Pakistan Army and Navy left here today for Turkey to participate in Pakistan Turkey Joint Special Services Group Exercise Jinnah-V, the army said.

Pakistan frees alleged al-Qaeda operative: Supreme Court told IRNA 20 Aug 2007 -- Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan, an alleged al-Qaeda operative and computer expert has been freed, the Supreme Court was told on Monday.


Russia blocks deliveries of Chinese fighters to Pakistan - paper RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2007 -- Russia is not allowing China to re-export its RD-93 engines for Chinese-made fighters to Pakistan, an Indian newspaper said Monday on its website.


Afghan, Pakistan Talks End with Calls to Fight Terrorism VOA 13 Aug 2007 -- Four days of talks involving government and tribal leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan ended Sunday with calls to confront militancy and improve security along the countries' border.


Pakistan's Musharraf Calls for Cooperation to Fight Extremism VOA 12 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called for improved ties with neighbor Afghanistan, and says both countries have to cooperate to defeat the rise of religious extremism and militancy

Musharraf Calls for Better Ties with Afghanistan to Defeat Extremism VOA 12 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called for improved ties with neighbor Afghanistan, and says both countries have to cooperate to defeat the rise of religious extremism and militancy


Musharraf Rethink Ushers In Day Three Of Peace Jirga RFE/RL 11 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf looks set to attend a "peace jirga" in the Afghan capital aimed at combating Taliban and Al-Qaeda violence in the two neighboring countries, after originally bowing out.


Bush Confident Pakistan Will Target Al-Qaida VOA 09 Aug 2007 -- U.S. President George Bush says he is confident that Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf has both the desire and the ability to hunt down al-Qaida terrorists along the border with Afghanistan


Afghan, Pakistani Leaders Urge Stepped Up Fight Against Extremism VOA 09 Aug 2007 -- Pakistani and Afghan leaders issued renewed calls for greater cooperation in the fight against religious extremism

Afghan, Pakistani Tribal Leaders Launch 'Peace Jirga' RFE/RL 09 Aug 2007 -- Some 650 tribal leaders and other representatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan today opened an assembly in Kabul to boost security and seek an end to militancy undermining both governments.

Musharraf Makes No Moves On State Of Emergency RFE/RL 09 Aug 2007 -- A spokesman for Pakistan's government has told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that Islamabad will not declare a state of emergency today.

Despite Rumors, Pakistan's President Does Not Impose Emergency Rule VOA 09 Aug 2007 -- Senior officials in Pakistan have dismissed reports as mere "rumors and speculations" that President Pervez Musharraf is planning to impose emergency rule in the country. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.


Schaffer: Pakistan Facing Question on How to Handle Extremists cfr.org 08 Aug 2007
Pakistan tribesmen decline to attend jirga IRNA 08 Aug 2007 -- Parliamentarians and tribal elders from Pakistan's troubled Waziristan region Wednesday insisted that they can not attend the jirga or council in Kabul when their own house is burning.

Musharraf not to attend jirga in Kabul: spokesperson IRNA 08 Aug 2007 -- President General Pervez Musharraf will not attend the 3-day joint Afghanistan-Pakistan jirga or council of elders which begins in Kabul on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistani President Withdraws From Peace Conference in Afghanistan VOA 08 Aug 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has pulled out of a peace assembly in Afghanistan designed to unite local leaders in the fight against Taleban militants.

Musharraf Pullout From Afghan-Pakistan Tribal Conference Puzzles Analysts VOA 08 Aug 2007 -- Tribal leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan are expected to meet in Kabul Thursday to discuss the growing problem of extremist violence in both countries


Pakistan Opposition Leader Says Musharraf Must Give Up Military Position VOA 07 Aug 2007 -- Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto says President Pervez Musharraf will have to relinquish his role as military chief if he wants to reach a political accommodation with the opposition


Anti-Government Forces Intensify Attacks in Pakistan's Northwest VOA 04 Aug 2007 -- A series of deadly attacks rocked Pakistan's volatile tribal region Saturday.


Pakistan says US-India Nuclear deal to have implications on strategic stability IRNA 03 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan said on Thursday that the US-India Nuclear Agreement would have implications on strategic stability as it would enable India to produce significant quantities of fissile material and nuclear weapons from un-safeguarded nuclear reactors.

Pakistan: 'Economic Development' Needed To Fight Taliban RFE/RL 03 Aug 2007 -- Philip H. Gordon is a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy with the Washington-based Brookings Institution who has authored numerous books or articles on counterterrorism and security in the broader Middle East.


Pakistan Supreme Court Frees Jailed Opposition Leader, Increases Pressure on Musharraf VOA 03 Aug 2007 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the release of a leading opposition politician, who was jailed four years ago after criticizing the country's powerful military





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Bridge Collapses into the Mississippi River (Aug. 1): An eight-lane interstate bridge packed with cars breaks into sections and falls into the river, killing at least four people and injuring at least 60. The bridge was in the midst of repairs when it buckled and broke apart.


Coal Miners Are Trapped Inside Shaft (Aug. 6): Six miners are trapped 1,500 feet below ground after a shaft collapses at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah.(Aug. 23): The owner of the mine says that finding survivors is "virtually, totally unlikely."


Educator Lifts Off to the Space Station (Aug. 8): Barbara Morgan, a former teacher from Idaho, is part of a mission aboard the space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station, where additional trusses will be added and supplies delivered. Morgan was the backup to Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died in 1986 when the shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after takeoff. (Aug. 8): Following the discovery of a small gash on the underside of the Endeavour, NASA considers whether to direct the crew to attempt a repair, or to allow them to fly home as is. The gash is believed to have occurred when a piece of foam fell off the fuel tank and struck the underside of the shuttle. (Aug. 21): Endeavour lands safely after a 12 day, 17 hour mission.


Federal Reserve Pumps Billions into Financial System (Aug. 10): Fed puts $72 billion into the U.S. financial system over two days to steady the volatile markets that plummeted in response to losses in the American mortgage market.


NBA Referee Pleads Guilty in Betting Scandal (Aug. 14): Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleads guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting waging information through interstate commerce. Donaghy, once known as one of the NBA's best referees, sold inside information pertaining to NBA games to bettors before being investigated by the FBI and resigning on July 9. Donaghy, who faces up to 25 years in prison, must pay a $500,000 fine and at least $30,000 in restitution.


Quake Near Lima, Peru, Kills Hundreds (Aug. 15): A 8.0-magnitude earthquake occurs 90 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, killing at least 500 people dead and injuring hundreds more. The cities of Pisco, Chincha, and Ica are among those reporting the most damage.


Hurricane Dean Slams the Caribbean (Aug. 21): Dean makes landfall in Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane, the third most intense Atlantic hurricane since the 1850s. The storm killed more than 20 people.
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