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President

President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva announces plans to build a nuclear-powered submarine to patrol the waters off Brazil's coast at a cost of US$500 million.

Mexico

Mexico's Interior Ministry increases security on strategic installations following attacks on pipelines. The People's Revolutionary Army (EPR) has claimed responsibility.

Muammar al-Gaddafi

The Gadhafi Foundation announces a deal has been reached with families of more than 400 children infected with HIV in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor.

European Union

The European Union chooses Dominique Strauss-Kahn as its nominee to head the International Monetary Fund, making him the frontrunner to fill the position in October.

Maoist

All 24 police officers missing after a fight between police and Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh central India have been found dead.

Amy St. Eve

Amy St. Eve, the judge in the Conrad Black fraud case, orders the jury to go back to work after it advised her that it couldn't reach a verdict on all the counts before it.

Ral Castro

Ral Castro, the interim leader of Cuba, sets a date in late October for local elections.

Chester Turner

Chester Turner is sentenced to death for the murder of ten women and an unborn child in Los Angeles, California in the 1980s and 1990s.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI approves a document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which redeclares the doctrine of Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus, that only the Roman Catholic Church is the true Christian church, and no other Christian denomination has the "means of salvation."

Green Zone

Mortars hit the Green Zone in Baghdad. The Green Zone has been attacked at least 80 times since March, killing 26.

Cessna 310

A Cessna 310 registered to the Competitor Liaison Bureau, an arm of NASCAR, attempting an emergency landing at Orlando Sanford International Airport crashes into two homes in Sanford, Florida. Three people in one of the homes are critically injured, and a fourth person, a four-year-old girl, died; an off-duty firefighter that first responded to the scene was also injured. Two people in the other house and both the pilot and passenger in the Cessna are killed; the passenger was Dr. Bruce Kennedy, husband of International Speedway Corporation president Lesa Kennedy and brother-in-law of NASCAR chief Brian France.

Julian Moti

Julian Moti is appointed as the Attorney-General of the Solomon Islands despite being wanted in Australia on child sex charges.

Simn Trinidad

Simn Trinidad, a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is found guilty of conspiracy to hold three Americans hostage by a U.S. court.

Captive Nations Week

In observance of Captive Nations Week, there was a brief ceremony and laying of a wreath today at the Victims of Communism Memorial, Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues, NW, Washington, D.C.. On 10 July, George W. Bush issued a Proclamation, designating July 15 through 21 as Captive Nations Week and called upon the American people to reaffirm the country's "commitment to all those seeking liberty, justice and self-determination." This year marks the 49th observance of Captive Nations Week.

Thailand

Thailand's highest court rules that a corruption case may proceed against former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra.

Chinese

China executes the former head of the State Food and Drug Association Zheng Xiaoyu for corruption.

China executed the former head of its State Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Sri Lankan Tamil

A Tamil man from Sydney is charged with multiple terrorism charges over alleged links with the Tamil Tigers.