the Context

A U.S. federal jury convicts former Klansman James Ford Seale of kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the 1964 deaths of two African-American teenagers in Mississippi.

Hamas claims full control of Palestinian Authority security agencies on the Gaza Strip.

Golf's U.S. Open begins at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

Music producer and alleged con artist Lou Pearlman is arrested in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia and deported to the United States territory of Guam. He is accused of defrauding over 1,800 individual investors out of a total of $317-million. He will eventually be returned to Florida to face criminal charges and a growing list of civil litigation.

Bertie Ahern of Fianna Fail is elected as Ireland's Taoiseach for a record third term upon the opening of the 30th Dail; the Taoiseach then announces his new cabinet with ministries.

The Taoiseach has said that a new Fianna Fáil face will be appointed to a senior position when he appoints his cabinet later this evening.

Entertainer Michael Barrymore is arrested in the UK along with two others over the murder of Stuart Lubbock, who was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool in 2001.

Lebanon prepares to bury anti-Syrian parliamentarian Walid Eido and nine others killed in yesterday's bombing, with a national day of mourning declared.

Iraq War: Three Sunni mosques near Baghdad are burned in apparent retaliation for the latest Al-Askari Mosque bombing.

The Indian Airlines strike continues for a second day, causing continuing disruption to Indian aviation.

New Zealand condemns the expulsion of its High Commissioner to Fiji, Mike Green, by Frank Bainimarama's military government, which gave no reason for the expulsion.

Cuba introduces a United Nations resolution on Puerto Rico calling on the United States to expedite Puerto Rico's self-determination process; the text also requests the General Assembly to consider the question and urges cleanup of Vieques island and release of Puerto Rican political prisoners.

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2007 NBA Finals to win the 2007 National Basketball Association Championship.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins wins the Hart Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League's most valuable player during the 2006–07 season in the annual NHL awards.