the Context

A preliminary study by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency indicates that China's greenhouse gas emissions have overtaken those of the United States for the first time, exceeding those of any other country.

French prosecutors launch an investigation into alleged embezzlement by two African leaders, Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo.

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, leaves the Republican Party and registers as an independent.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, a former Democrat, is changing his affiliation to independent.

North Korea is reported to have test-fired a short-range missile towards the Sea of Japan.

Two armed robbers are holding several people hostage in a Crdit Lyonnais bank in Paris.

Cadbury Schweppes announces plans to axe around 7,800 jobs from its workforce, closing as many as ten manufacturing sites worldwide.

The United States military launches Operation Arrowhead Ripper near Baqubah, Diyala province, with approximately 10,000 troops involved.

The U.S. military said it had launched a major offensive against al Qaeda north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Tuesday involving around 10,000 soldiers.

An early fossil proving that the giant panda was once a pygmy is found.

Fiji's interim government agrees in principle to elections in 2009, following a Pacific Islands Forum assessment, and calls for assistance from the European Union and Pacific nations like Australia for funding.

A candidate in the forthcoming Papua New Guinea election is charged with attempted murder of Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye.

One of the candidates in Papua New Guinea's elections has been charged with attempting to murder the country's deputy Prime Minister.

After Senegal's parliamentary elections, Macky Sall resigns as Prime Minister and President Abdoulaye Wade appoints former Deputy Minister for the Budget Cheikh Hadjibou Soumar in his stead.