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The National Resistance Movement, the governing party of Uganda, announces plans to introduce compulsory national service.

TAM Linhas Aereas Flight 3054: TAM Linhas Aereas claims that there was a braking problem in the aircraft.

The passenger plane that crashed and burned on landing in Brazil killing about 200 people was flying with a fault in the equipment meant to slow it down, the airline's owner says.

Two United States Army soldiers are charged with murder of an Iraqi and their battalion commander is relieved of duty due to the incident.

In the United Kingdom, the Labour Party wins a by-election in the seat of Sedgefield formerly held by Tony Blair as well as the constituency of Ealing Southall.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 14,000 points for the first time in history, partly as a result of a good earnings report from IBM.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index closed above 14,000 points for the first time ever as bullish investors cheered a flurry of generally up-beat corporate earnings reports.

The largest Viking treasure discovery in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century made near Harrogate in northern England is announced.

Suspected Somali insurgents target a peace meeting with mortar fire but accidentally kill six children.

A U.S. federal judge dismisses a case brought by Valerie Plame against members of the Bush Administration in connection with the Plame affair.

Death toll in the Mumbai building collapse rises to 26 as rescue operations continues.

Russia expels four British diplomats in the ongoing row over the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi for the suspected murder of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

A report commissioned by the Solomon Islands Government is critical of the handling of last year's Honiara riots by the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Iraq's main Sunni Arab political block, the Iraqi Accord Front, agrees to end its boycott of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

Heritage Oil and Gas finds a petroleum deposit in Uganda. HOG estimates the deposit contains several billions of barrels of oil, the largest find in Africa in over a decade.

Japanese media reports claim that the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant will remain closed for at least a year following the 2007 Chuetsu offshore earthquake.

Three bombs in Pakistan kill at least 52 people with at least 160 people killed in bomb attacks since the storming of the Lal Masjid mosque.

Castleberry's Food Company of Augusta, Georgia issues a recall on hot dog chili sauce and other products, due to contamination of Clostridium botulinum. 8 people contracted Botulism poisoning from Castleberry's products. This prompts the first botulism recall of canned foods in the United States in over 30 years.