the Context


A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Japan with a tsunami warning being issued in Niigata Prefecture, Honshū. At least eight people have been killed and over 700 injured. There was a fire in the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant as well as a small leak but not sufficient to damage the environment.

The death toll in Japan following a powerful earthquake has risen, with hospital officials saying at least five elderly people have were killed and nearly 650 people injured in the quake.

Mohamed Haneef

Dr Mohamed Haneef is granted bail by a Queensland magistrate on charges of supporting a terrorist organisation in relation to the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack and the 2007 London car bombs. The Australian government later revokes his visa.

ATN Bangla

ATN Bangla television reports that Bangladeshi police have arrested former Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on charges of extorting money from a businessman.


International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors confirm the closure of the Yongbyon reactor in North Korea.


Israel agrees to remove 178 Palestinian militants from its watch list after they sign a pledge renouncing attacks against it.


China punishes 95 officials for allowing workers and children to labour in slave-like conditions in brick kilns.

China has punished dozens of officials for allowing slave-like exploitation of workers and children in brick kilns, but announced criminal investigations against only six.

86 people are killed

At least 86 people are killed and 136 injured in a car bomb and truck bomb attacks in Kirkuk, Iraq.

Iraqi police say two car bombs have exploded in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least 85 people.


Britain expels four Russian diplomats and suspends visa negotiations over Russia's failure to extradite Andrei Lugovoy in connection with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.


The President of the United States announces a Middle East peace conference in the fall involving Israel, Palestinians and neighboring countries.

George W. Bush

The President of the United States George W. Bush and the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński agree to proceed with building a missile defense system in Europe despite Russian concerns.

Felisa Miceli

Felisa Miceli, the Argentine Economy Minister, resigns over approximately $60,000 found in a bag in her office.