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Three people die in Yorkshire and the Humber as heavy rains and flooding continue in England and Wales.

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Conoco Phillips and ExxonMobil reject a deal with PDVSA, the nationalised oil company of Venezuela, over the future participation in development of reserves in the Orinoco Belt.

Middle East leaders President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert, and King Abdullah II of Jordan meet to support Abbas' leadership of the Palestinian Authority. Olmert announces that he will release 250 Palestinian political prisoners as a gesture of goodwill.

Iran invites the International Atomic Energy Agency to Tehran to discuss its nuclear program.

The United States Supreme Court issues three 5–4 split-decision rulings limiting student freedom of expression

PMTair Flight U4 241 crashes in Cambodia with 22 on board; there are no survivors. (WikiNews)

WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and son Daniel were found dead in their suburban Atlanta home. We would later find out that Chris would kill Nancy and Daniel and then himself.