the Context

Sri Lankan Civil War: Police in Sri Lanka force hundreds of the minority Sri Lankan Tamils community out of Colombo for what they say are security reasons.

Italian police arrest a group of people for allegedly providing material support for an al Qaeda-linked organisation, Salafist Group for Call and Combat.

President of the United States George W. Bush and President of Russia Vladimir Putin meet to discuss missile defense.

At least 12 citizens of Oman are killed by Cyclone Gonu.

Hamas militants kill a Fatah member, and five other Palestinians are injured in a renewal of fighting between the two groups.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raises interest rates in New Zealand to 8%, the highest level of any industrialised nation.

American scientists identify a new strain of potentially lethal bacteria called "Bartonella rochalimae".

Cloture votes fail in the United States Senate on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, potentially killing the bill.