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Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gl asked the US for an explanation of alleged delivery of weapons to the PKK terrorist group. Gl said that ties with Turkey-US would collapse if arms to PKK claims confirmed.

Waziristan conflict (July 2007-present): At least 24 Pakistani soldiers are killed by a suicide attack by militants on a convoy in Waziristan near the Afghanistan border.

Ten Sri Lankan soldiers die in fighting the Tamil Tigers in the Vavuniya district of northern Sri Lanka.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles settles sexual abuse claims against its clergy at a cost of $ 600 million.

Iranian state radio reports that a South Korean flagged ship has sunk in the Sea of Oman off the coast of Iran with 13 crew members missing.

Iranian state radio has reported a South Korean-flagged cargo ship with 23 people on board sank off the coast of Iran, and 13 people are missing.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signs a decree suspending Russia's participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) pact.

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A shipment of fuel oil arrives in North Korea as part of an agreement to end its nuclear program. International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors are monitoring the shutdown of the Yongbyon reactor. North Korea later advises that it has shut the reactor down.

A shipment of fuel has arrived in North Korea - the first part of a deal to halt Pyongyang's nuclear program.

The Australian Federal Police charge Dr. Mohamed Haneef with "providing support to a terrorist organization" in relation to the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack and the 2007 London car bombs.

The Royal Malaysian Police obtain a remand order to hold Nathaniel Tan for four days in connection to an investigation of a violation of section 8 of the Official Secrets Act, which pertains to "wrongful communication" of an official secret.